Ready. Set. Race the Bloom!

Yoshino cherry blossom trees in full bloom.

Yoshino cherry blossom trees in full bloom.

Come run or walk to the yoshino cherry blossoms before they’re gone! The Quad at the University of Washington is home to one of the most stunning displays of cherry blossoms in the nation! Every year thousands of people travel to the to enjoy their bloom. Peak bloom occurs when 70% or more of the cherry blossom trees are in bloom and we’re predicting that to be around March 31st this year. Don’t miss out on this short window of time to enjoy the epitome of nature’s beauty.

—About the Cherry Blossom 5K Course—

Your senses will delight on this course! The race will start at the Center for Urban Horticulture and finish at Red Square, then usher people to The Quad into an oasis of beautiful cherry blossoms. Throughout the run you might encounter the works of beavers and see lots of water fowl. You’ll pass by numerous athletic facilities including the newly renovated Husky Stadium. Run by the new UW Light Rail station and cross over the new Montlake Blvd Pedestrian Overpass. Turn right onto Rainier Vista and then right again up E Stevens Way NE. Ascend past various academic buildings! Turn left into the main entrance on Memorial Way NE and finish downhill into Red Square surrounded by historic gothic-style architecture! Walk into the Quad after the race where blooming yoshino cherry blossoms await! We’ll have free professional photography waiting for you!

Cherry Blossom 5K Course

Cherry Blossom 5K Course

–Sponsorship & Charity–

The inaugural Cherry Blossom Run is presented by Mobilize PT in Laurelhurst and the UW Botanic Gardens department. You’ll learn about the Center for Urban Horticulture and have an opportunity to see the great things they do as we help raise funds for their foundation through this event! And of course the Center for Urban Horticulture grounds are beautiful. Like what you see there? Then book an event or even a wedding there 😉


Packet pick up and in-person registration:

3-21-2020, Kent Road Runner Sports from 4 PM to 7 PM.

3-21-2020, Seattle Road Runner Sports from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Cherry Blossom Dinner Banquet, 3-30-2019:

After packet pick up days, and for those who purchased the $15 dinner tickets, come to the Graduate – Seattle Hotel and we’ll mingle and feast on spaghetti, garlic break, and salad in the main floor Ballroom. After dinner feel free to take the elevators to the rooftop Mountaineering Club for hang out, drinks, and sweeping views of Seattle and the UW campus!

Race Day, 3-22-2020:

7 AM – Pre-race gathering at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Gear check in the Event Hall and enjoy a projected video of the various types of events that take place at the venue.

7 :50  AM – Gather near the start as we make more announcements.

8 AM – Race Start! 21 minutes and under runners will line up in Corral 1. Slower runners, walkers, strollers, dogs will line up in Corral 4. Everyone else will line up in Corral’s 2 and 3.

8:30 AM -11 AM – Water, donuts, Legion of Bloom awards, music, and free professional photography in The Quad!