Monday, December 3, 2012
0 Cherry Blossom Registration is Now Open: On Your Mark, Get Set, GO! :)
For those of you who haven't run this race before, I can tell you from past experience that online registration process is usually a frenzied madhouse and seems to get crazier with every passing year. So, if you want your lottery entry to be received well before the cut-off date, I suggest you enter the lottery NOW, and here's the reason why: Their servers tend to get really busy during this period, so you may have to try multiple times just to submit your lottery entry. If you don't win a place in the lottery, you can still run the race if you run it for charity.
|The 2009 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler.|
I ran the race back in 2009, and a lot of things have changed since then: First of all, back then, there was no lottery. I remember sitting in front of the computer an hour before registration began, with my web browser already opened to the race registration page. With one hand poised on my mouse and another on my keyboard, I was all set to register the SECOND it officially opened. I remember thinking that the race registration process was just as much of a race as the actual race itself. Lol. With each passing year, the pool of people vying for entries kept getting larger and larger, and so much so, that the registration process soon became a bit too unwieldy. This, of course, is probably why they decided to change over to the lottery system.
|The race tents (2009).|
|The 2010 medal. Pretty design, if somewhat odd shape.|
I personally prefer round or symmetrical medals, but
overall, it's not a bad looking medal. It'd be even
prettier if it was included as part of the registration fee. :)
|The 2011 medal.|
And then there's this: No matter how large or crowded the race, it's up to the race director to set the tone of a race via its policies and treatment of its participants and volunteers. These things are important; runners will remember how they felt about the race from registration to the finish line to the after-party and beyond, and that feeling can affect their decision as to whether they'll want to return or not. Sure, there will always be runners clamoring to get into a major race in spite of those factors, but I still think it matters, regardless. Even though the Cherry Blossom is now even more popular than ever, I still remember the pleasant, kind, and helpful demeanor of the lady I spoke with on the telephone that day back in 2009. I greatly appreciated her willingness to help resolve the situation. It matters.
Then, there's also the energy of the people at the race as well -- the volunteers, the racers, the crowds. Sure, the race itself is a bit chaotic and crazy-crowded, and there might be times when you may start to feel like you're being herded like cattle in your race "corrals," but you can literally feel the visceral energy of the crowds at this race -- it's indescribably fantastic! They are also super-supportive along the route -- loud cheers, signs, and cow bells, etc. -- and the runners are also very nice to each other as well. For example: The year I ran it, I remember one racer's shoe flying off in the middle of the race and immediately, without any hesitation, a few racers stopped running and came over to help.
The race is also super fun. People dress up in some hilarious costumes and wear funny t-shirts too. It's not uncommon for people to joke around with each other while they're running. It's just a fun race atmosphere, plain and simple.
I think that all of the above reasons are why runners want to race this particular race.
So, good luck to those of you who are trying to get into this race! I hope your race day experience will be a good one, just like mine! :)
Posted by Corey Irwin at 12/03/2012 10:00:00 AM
|What did you think?|