UW Cherry Blossom Run

Sun March 22, 2020 Directions
Straight to the Quad!

5K Run/Walk

$38 8:00AM PDT - 10:30AM PDT Price increases after February 28, 2020 at 11:59pm PST
Give Me Some Distance!

Half Marathon

$72 7:00AM PDT - 10:30AM PDT Price increases after February 28, 2020 at 11:59pm PST
A Childish Tour of Union Bay!

Union Bay Kids 1K

$16 7:45AM PDT - 10:30AM PDT Price increases after February 28, 2020 at 11:59pm PST
Morning Coffee & Interactive Stroll to the Blossoms!

Sip N' Stroll 5K

$38 8:15AM PDT - 10:30AM PDT Price increases after February 28, 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!

  • A Union Bay 1K Kids Run!
  • A Half Marathon option!
  • Shuttle rides form the finish area to the large E-18 & E1 UW parking lots near the start line!
  • Graduate Seattle (hotel) packet pick up in Wright Ballroom of main / lobby level!
  • Packet mailing options!



Mark "going" on the UW Cherry Blossom Run Facebook Event page. Then share the event to your own Facebook page. Then take a screen shot of it as proof and send it to us through the main Cherry Blossom Run Facebook Messenger or email info@runrainier.com. We will then send you a unique 15% off code from January 1st to February 14th, and a 10% off code from February 15th to February 29th. Click Here for the 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 $44

- 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 packet pick up 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 zig zag around Drumheller Fountain. Then 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.


--- CHARITY ---

The UW Botanic Gardens is a major 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 for a fee if you cannot attend packet pick up). Arrive early for parking, warm up, stretch, purchase coffee, hot chocolate or tea, 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, CHERRY BLOSSOMS!

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

Free vendor goodies and coupons when you wear your bib!



  • Parking is FREE in all open campus parking lots!
  • There are 100 stalls in E4 Parking Lot close to the start.
  • There are 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 Wright Ballroom and foyer from 10 AM to 6 PM. You'll pick up your bib, pins, shirt, goodies, and check out vendors.
  • Stay tuned for a list of vendors!
  • Enjoy a 10% discount on food and drinks at the rooftop Mountaineering Club bar and restaurant of the Graduate Seattle when you show your bib!
  • Graduate Seattle address: 4507 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105


--- 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!
Peak Bloom
Cherry Blossom Florets
Cherry Blossom Buds
Race Contact Info

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UW Center for Urban Horticulture


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