This year, I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler for the first time. It was the first time I had ever ran 10 miles, and couldn’t get over the fact that, as my longest training run had been 8 miles, every step I took after hitting the 8 mile mark I would repeat in my head “this is the longest I’ve ever run”
It’s really hard to register for the Cherry Blossom, as they only have 12,000 available spots, and their registration system keeps crashing. Though I was able to sign up and a few of my friends ran it as well, I know people who tried all morning to no avail (the race this year sold out in less than 3 hours).
Because the registration was such a hassle, I volunteered for packet pick up, in order to guarantee entry for 2010. I’m glad I did, as next year the registration will be on a lottery basis. And I NEVER win anything.
I already signed up to volunteer again for 2010, this time for packet pick up set up, so though I’ll have to wake up super early on Saturday, I’ll also get to go home early enough to rest before race day.
This is a great race, and if you have ever wanted to run it, volunteering for it is the only way to guarantee entry.
As of now, that should be one of my first races in 2010. I’m already looking forward to it, as I can’t imagine a better way to welcome spring!