Seattle Cherry Blossom Run

Sat March 25 - Sun March 26

Participant Guide

Greetings, Legion of Bloom!


March 22 - Road Runner Sports - KENT - Wednesday - 12 PM to 7 PM (Directions)
Road Runner Sports - Kent
444 Ramsay Way
Kent, WA 98032

March 23 - Road Runner Sports - BELLEVUE - Thursday - 12 PM to 7 PM (Directions)
Road Runner Sports - Bellevue
12200 Northup Way
Bellevue, WA 98005

March 24 - Road Runner Sports - SEATTLE - Friday - 12 PM to 7 PM (Directions)
Road Runner Sports - Seattle
7020 Woodlawn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
*There is NO event day packet pick up due to large size of event.

What to bring to packet pickup:

Your registration QR Code in your confirmation email for all registrations you are picking up for, either on your phone or printed out. Can't find your confirmation email? Here's how to resend it: and click "Resend Confirmation" for the Cherry Blossom Run.

  • You can pick up for others, but you must bring their QR code as well!

Shirt Exchanges

  • Shirt exchanges are available at the finish area at the merchandise tent.  

Race Day Schedule - Saturday, March 25th, 2023
5K Run/Walk Start

8:00 AM - Wave 1 
8:10 AM - Wave 2
8:20 AM - Wave 3
8:30 AM - Wave 4 
8:40 AM - Wave 5
9:00 AM - Wave 6 (including Sip n' Stroll 5K)
8 AM - 11:00 PM (Vendors and performances in Red Square, cherry blossom viewing at the Quad).

Race Day Schedule - Sunday, March 26th, 2023
Half Marathon Start

7:30 AM - Wave 1
7:35 AM - Wave 2
7:40 AM - Wave 3
8 AM - 12:00 PM (Vendors in Red Square, cherry blossom viewing at The Quad).

Half marathon participants will be expected to run out and back and reach NE 25th Ave and Blakely (last public street crossing, approximately 11.25 miles into the race) by 11 AM (4 hours from the 7:40 AM start or 3.45 hours from the half marathon Start Line closure at 7:45 AM). 
If you fall behind pace ~20 minute per mile pace your race may become unsupported and your bib may be taken. At ~20 minute / mile pace please adhere to normal right of way traffic laws crossing roads unless instructed otherwise by Seattle Police. You may also be asked by UW Police to move to the sidewalk as appropriate upon entering the UW campus. Thank you for helping us minimize the impact on our shared trails and streets!

Race Day 

  • Your bib is key. It tells you what race you are in, the wave number and start time you are in; it allows you to redeem your a bib ticket for your shirt, and has QR code on the bottom front. This QR code tells you everything (main website, maps, race results, parking options, etc.).

  • For participants who live more than an hour away or if you paid for shipping of your shirt and bib but didn't get it, we can accommodate you at the info tent before the race.


Directions to Central Plaza Garage:

Click on link:

Directions to UW Parking Lot E1:

Click on link:

Instructions on how to pay for UW parking:
Click here:

Starting the Race

There is ONE starting corral. Staff will let participants into the corral based on your bib wave number and start time. You are allowed to drop down to a later start time to join any friends/family, BUT they are not allowed to move UP in start time.

Course Race Maps

Map Links:

Half Marathon Aid Station / Water Stops: 

Finish + Festival

  • We will have bananas, cherry blossom doughnuts, Partners crackers, and water for you at the finish. Bring a method of payment for any vendor merchandise, food and drink.

  • Once you finish, come see the beautiful yoshino cherry blossoms in the Quad, take your picture at our photo backdrops and see many vendors!

  • When you are ready to go, here's how to get back to your car. Signs will guide you on the way! (unless you parked the Central Plaza Garage, in the U-District streets, or took public transportation). 

  • In partnership with the U District Cherry Blossom Festival, take advantage of so many amazing cherry blossom themed food specials, drinks and shopping in the U District! Many discounts for treats and drinks await! Mmm.

Walking Directions / Map back to E1 Parking Lot (be sure to switch walking directions, not driving directions):

Have More Questions?

Please read the FAQ Page  or Contact Us.

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