Tuesday, December 16, 2008

10 Registration for the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler: Total Madness!


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Whoah. I think a new record was set for this year's Cherry Blossom online race entry registration. It didn't even take the usual 4 hours for the online registration to fill up & close this time around.

I won't bore you with the mundane details (especially since I already tweeted & FB'd about it earlier & don't really feel like repeating myself here), but the bottom line is that I've got a spot in the race. Yay!

The only thing I'll say about the above is that registration was total & utter madness. The flurry of people (probably from all across the nation & world!) trying to register was unbelievable. I won't even tell you the number of times I encountered web server errors trying to submit my application online. Needless to say, the webservers were being brought to their knees.

If I run this race next year, you better believe that I'm going to be standing by in the "ready" position (sitting in front of the computer with website up & mouse in hand - Click, click, click! ;-) ) at 7:50 am on race registration day.

Looks like pals @Coach_Jenn, Bryan F., & Lisa R., will also be running the 10-Miler as well. Congrats everybody on getting in!

10 comments:

Dane said...

The above referenced hysteria is one of the reason why I will probably never even try to apply to run this race.

cyberpenguin said...

Yes, no kidding! I was warned about the frenzied registration process (& the large unwieldy crowds on race day), but decided to brave the challenges because I'd never done this race before & had always wanted to experience it. The cherry blossoms are so pretty in DC this time of year, & I figured it was worth running it atleast once, if only to experience what it feels like to run through a canopy of beautiful blossoms! ;-)

Plus, another reason I chose this race is that it's one of the first 10-milers of the year in this area.

While I've already run distances of 10+ miles for training runs on multiple occasions, it'll officially be my very first 10 mile race. So that's something to get excited about! 8-)

Do you remember your very first 10-mile race? Was it a memorable experience? Do you remember which one you did for your first?

Blaine Moore said...

Nice job on getting into the race!

This is one of the situations where I like New York City's lottery system. There are some qualifying standards for a lottery bypass, and people have a set amount of time to register and then are randomly chosen.

This year's Beach to Beacon only took a few hours to fill up, and a lot of people couldn't run because they weren't on the computer at that second. I think that even if the lottery registration was only for 24 hours, it gives everybody a chance to get into the race.

cymrusteve said...

Pleased for you Corey! Hope you have a healthy build up to the 10 Miler and a fantastic time running your race.

It sounds like getting in to Cherry Blossom is just as difficult as the race itself.

Happy training,

--Steve

cyberpenguin said...

@blainemoore - Agree with you 100%! Maybe we should start a petition to get the registration process changed, eh? ;-)

@britishbulldog - Thanks, Steve! Haha, yes, you might be right about that! Have you ever run this race?

cymrusteve said...

Actually I won a free entry to the race a few years ago, but couldn't take part due to a foot injury. If I remember correctly I couldn't defer to the following year :(

Shame...one day I'll race it though!

--Steve

RunValerie said...

If you work as a volunteer at the race this year you get a guaranteed race entry for next year. Also there's always the GW Parkway Classic on April 26. Not as pretty but still 10 miles.

Mrs. Duffy said...

Yeah, like Blaine said. Stupid entry caps! But, way to click fast, or congratulations on your server skills, or something. Um. Have a great race!

Steve said...

Congrats on getting in! I've run the Cherry Blossom twice, cold and snowy both times, btw. It is a great race, though. Have fun!

cyberpenguin said...

Thanks, everybody for your comments!

@cymrusteve - Wow, that's pretty cool that you won a free race entry. It's a shame you couldn't defer it, but of course it's more important that your foot was able to heal properly.

Who knows, maybe you'll run this race at some point in the future, eh?!

I'll definitely let you know how the Cherry Blossom racing experience goes.....

@RunValerie - Hi Valerie, thanks for letting us all know about this excellent volunteering opportunity. Volunteering is an excellent way to give back to the running community & the community at large. It's a lot of fun too!

It's funny you should mention the GW Parkway Classic, because it's on my racing calendar as well! :)

So, does that mean you will be running in the GW Parkway Classic too? ;-)

@Mrs. Duffy - LOL, thanks! Will you be running or volunteering in this year's Cherry Blossom race?

@Steve - Thanks! Glad to hear you enjoyed the race so much.

So, got any races planned for the spring?

Who knows, maybe we'll bump into each other at a road race one of these days! :) It's not out of the realm of possibility; lots of us twittering runners "run in the same circles." ;-) (Groan!)

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