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UW Cherry Blossom Run 5K | Half Marathon | 1K Kids
March 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT
An event every year that begins at 8:00 am on day fourth of March, repeating until March 24, 2024
A Seattle springtime tradition! Come race a 5K or USATF Half Marathon to The Quad. Hurry before the cherry blossoms are gone!
FIRST HALF MILE OF THE 5K COURSE GOES THROUGH THE UNION BAY NATURAL AREA!
HERONS, BEAVERS, HUMMINGBIRDS, TURTLES, PEREGRINES, DUCKS, EAGLES, AND HUNDREDS MORE BIRD SPECIES…
Union Bay Natural Area – Experience breathtaking scenery and wildlife. Our community is a better place with protected urban nature reserves!
Kick off spring with this destination event and 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 – all in the heart of Seattle’s renowned UW campus!
ABOUT THE COURSE
Start at the Center for Urban Horticulture you’ll wind your way through the Union Bay Natural Area and around the sports facilities, including Husky Stadium. Cross the pedestrian overpass into central campus and head up and around towards the main entrance. Finish in the Red Square surrounded by amazing gothic architecture and the iconic cherry blossoms!🌸 Half marathon runners will utilize the Burke Gilman Trail to Matthews Beach Park and back.
SPONSORSHIP & CHARITY
The UW Botanic Gardens is a major sponsor and beneficiary of the event. You’ll learn about their UW Center For Urban Horticulture and have an opportunity to experience their beautiful grounds and venue.
7 AM – No same day packet pick up or registration. Arrive early for parking, warm up, stretch, drink coffee, and immerse yourself in the Union Bay Natural Area.
7:30 – USATF Half Marathon start
7:45 – Union Bay Kids 1K start
8:05 – 5K run/walk start
8:30 AM -11 AM – Finish Line Water, refreshments, donuts, vendors, “Legion of Bloom” award announcements, prizes, cherries.
PARKING & TRAVEL
Parking is FREE in all open campus parking lots! Just 30 stalls at the start in the Center for Urban Horticulture. 100 stalls in E4 Parking Lot nearby. 1,000+ stalls available at the large E18 and E1 parking lots which we highly recommend. We encourage carpooling and/or Uber/Lyft rides.
Event details subject to change. Check event websites for details.