UW Cherry Blossom Run

Sun March 22, 2020 Directions
Countdown to Race Day
To the Quad!

5K Run/Walk

$32 8:00AM PDT - 10:30AM PDT Price increases after January 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PST
Let's get down to business.

Half Marathon

$66 7:00AM PDT - 10:30AM PDT Price increases after January 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PST
A childish tour of Union Bay!

Union Bay Kids 1K

$13 7:45AM PDT - 10:30AM PDT Price increases after January 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PST
Morning drink & interactive stroll to the blossoms with RaceJoy!

Sip N' Stroll 5K

$32 8:15AM PDT - 10:30AM PDT Price increases after January 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PST
UW Center for Urban Horticulture

Kick off spring with this destination event and spring time tradition! It's Washington's most beautiful run/walk as participants start at an urban wildlife sanctuary and head to one of the nation's most iconic cherry blossom displays - all in the heart of Seattle’s renowned UW campus!


— NEW FOR 2020!

  • The inaugural Union Bay 1K Kids Run.
  • A Half Marathon option!
  • Shuttle rides form the finish area to the large E-18 Parking lot near the start line.



Our "Share The FB Event" for a coupon code is back! Mark "going" then share the event to your own Facebook page, take a screen shot of it and send it to us through the main Cherry Blossom Run FB Messenger or email info@rivalryevents.org. We will then send you a unique 15% off code from January 1st to February 28th, and a 10% off code from March 1st til March 21st. Click Here for Facebook Event Link



The Top 3 female and male finishers in each age category for each race will earn exclusive award medals! Join the Legion of Bloom!


--- PRICING ---

- Half Marathon - price increases up to $75

- 5K Run/Walk - price increases up to $45

- Kids Union Bay 1K Run - price increases up to $20.

- Packet mailing if unable to attend packet pick up - $16

- Finisher commemorative medals - $3.

- Participant shirt included!

- Rainier Running & Cherry Blossom Run swag available for purchase at the mini expo and finish area.



Start at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Wind your way through the Union Bay Natural Area, along waterfront and around sports facilities, including Husky Stadium. Cross the pedestrian overpass into central campus and head up towards the main entrance. Finish in Red Square surrounded by amazing gothic architecture and the iconic cherry blossoms!🌸 Half marathon runners will utilize the Burke Gilman Trail out and back.



The UW Botanic Gardens is a major sponsor and beneficiary. You'll learn about their UW Center For Urban Horticulture and have an opportunity to experience their beautiful grounds and venue.


--- SCHEDULE ---

7 AM - NO SAME DAY PACKET PICK UP OR REGISTRATION! (There is a mailing service to mail your packets this year for a fee if you cannot attend packet pick up). Arrive early for parking, warm up, stretch, drink coffee, and immerse yourself in the Union Bay Natural Area.

7:30 - Half Marathon start
7:45 - Union Bay Kids 1K start
8:05 - 5K run/walk start

8:15 AM - Sip n' Stroll 5K start

8:30 AM -11 AM - Finish Line Water, refreshments, donuts, vendors, "Legion of Bloom" award announcements, prizes.

Free professional event photography at the Red Square and in The Quad when you wear your bib!



- Parking is FREE in all open campus parking lots! Just 30 stalls at the start in the Center for Urban Horticulture. 100 stalls in E4 Parking Lot nearby. 1,000+ stalls available at the large E18 and E1 parking lots which we highly recommend. We encourage carpooling and/or Uber/Lyft rides.

Please study this link to parking maps on campus:
UW Parking Map

Stay tuned to our emails and social media for any hotel discounts.



Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Graduate Hotel Ballroom and foyer. You'll pick up your bib, pins, shirt, goodies. Stay tuned for packet pick up schedule and list of vendors! Enjoy a 10% discount on food and drink at the rooftop Mountaineering Club bar and restaurant when you show your bib!


--- FAQ ---

Am I allowed to pick up packets for friends and family?
Yes! Just know their first and last name and birthday.

Are strollers allowed?
Yes, for the 5K only. You will not be starting in Corral 1. Please start near the back and make sure they have all-terrain wheels and working brakes.

Are dogs allowed?
Yes, for the 5K only and on leash of course! You will not be starting in Corral 1. Please pick up after your pet and start near the back of the last wave.

May I step on plants in the Union Bay Nature Area?

May I climb the trees for amazing photos anywhere on campus?

See what the Cherry Blossom Run is all about!
Race Contact Info

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UW Center for Urban Horticulture


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