UW Cherry Blossom Run

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UW Center for Urban Horticulture

Kick off spring with this 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.


Send us your virtual run tracking data from your Nike Run app, Strava, Fitbit, Garmin, smartphone app or email us a photo of your distance and time from your watch and we can including you in the results. If you can, snap photos of yourself with cherry blossoms wherever you are on your run and email them too!



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


Start at the Center for Urban Horticulture (Or wherever you want!) 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 in addition to the shared 5K course.

Maps can be found at www.racethebloom.com. You can also download the GPX file data for your tracking device from the maps link.


--- CHARITY ---

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



3/22/2020 to 4/30/2020



  • Parking is FREE in all open campus parking lots on Sundays only!
  • There are over 1,000 parking stall in the E18 


--- FAQ ---

Is the live event cancelled?
The live event is postponed due to the ban on large events in WA state. However we now have also converted it into a virtual run! 

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

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

Are refunds allowed for this race?
No. Due to the money invested in donations and costs such as your shirt, bib, supplies, marketing, and so much more we cannot offer refunds. Thank you for understanding.

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