UW Cherry Blossom Run

Sun March 31, 2019 Directions

5K Run/Walk

8:00AM PDT - 10:00AM PDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.racethebloom.com.

UW Center for Urban Horticulture

Ready. Set. Race the Bloom!


Join over 1,000 participants and spring into action at the beautiful UW Center For Urban Horticulture. Then finish at Red Square and head into an amazing oasis of iconic cherry blossoms in The Quad. Hurry before they're gone! The Quad at UW possesses one of the nation's most stunning displays of cherry blossoms and is Seattle's most renowned display. Don't miss out on this annual celebration of spring!

*We will not be hosting same day event packet pick up or registration due to the size of the event.*


--- Mandatory Packet Pick Up Location, Date & Time ---

Road Runner Sports - Kent
444 Ramsay Way, Kent, WA 98032
Friday, March 29th
4 PM to 7 PM


Road Runner Sports - Seattle / Green Lake
7020 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Saturday, March 30th
10 AM to 6 PM


--- Pricing ---

- $28 -$40. Prices increase every 2 weeks.

- Participant medals will be sold separately ($4.40 at cost) since some people don't want medals while others love them!

- We will be out of most unisex participant shirts sizes by March 27th! You may still register for the race if you want, but understand that we have run out of over a thousand shirts. We'll have a limited supply of hats and ladies t-shirts and pull over's for sale at our pre-race dinner at the Graduate Seattle hotel  Mountaineering Club first. If we have left over merchandise we will have it for sale at the finish line.

--- About the 5K Course ---

Your senses will delight! We know this will be one of the prettiest runs you'll ever do.

The race will start at the UW Center For Urban Horticulture adjacent to Laurelhurst on the very eastern edge of campus. Purchase coffee and explore the grounds. Warm up and stretch with Mobilize Physical Therapy! Faster runners with projected times under 21 minutes will start in the first wave, corral PINK. If you are slower, have a dog or stroller, or want to take your coffee on a "sip 'n stroll" through campus please start in the last corral PURPLE. Everyone else will line up in corral GREEN.

Mile 1:
The first half mile is teeming with wildlife! Please stay on the gravel path within Union Bay Natural Area. Do not go off trail. Do not step on plants! 

Mile 2:
Continue behind and around the renovated Husky Stadium. Pass by the new UW Link Light Rail Station then head up the ramp to cross the new Montlake Blvd Pedestrian Overpass! 

Mile 3:
Is a continuous uphill 1 mile climb on E. Stevens Way NE! You'll pass by various academic buildings. Turn left into the main entrance at Memorial Way NE. Head downhill to the finish in Red Square and finish!

We'll have Legion of Bloom medal awards for top finishers, commemorative medals for those who purchased, amazing donuts, protein bars, refreshments, and FREE professional photography waiting for you in Red Square and The Quad. Please take a moment to check out the vendors!

*DO NOT climb the cherry trees in The Quad or anywhere on the UW campus! There are over 200 of them!*

--- Sponsorship & Charity ---

The UW Botanic Gardens is the beneficiary of the event. You'll learn about their Center For Urban Horticulture and have an opportunity to experience the beautiful grounds and venue while learning about the great things the department does. Thank you for raising funds for their department and foundation!

--- Schedule ---

7 AM - Arrive. There will be no same day packet pick up or registration. Instead, arrive early for parking, warm up, stretch, purchase coffee, and immerse yourself in the UW Center For Urban Horticulture venue. Utilize our gear check if you want us to shuttle your belongings to the finish line.


7:20 AM - Announcement by Mobilize Physical Therapy. Then a short warm up and stretch led by two of their staff.

7:40 - Runners with estimated finish times under 21 minutes gather near the start in Coral 1 (Pink) as we make more announcements and prepare for take off! Everyone else line up in Corral 2 and 3 (Green and Purple.

8 AM - 5K run/walk start

8:30 AM -10 AM - Refreshments, Donuts, Vendors, "Legion of Bloom" award announcements, free professional event photography at the Red Square and in The Quad!


-- Chip Timing & Bibs --

Chip timing will be provided by Rivalry Events. You'll have a programmed disposable timing tag placed on the back of your bib. Please wear the bib on your chest on the outermost layer of clothing so it is clearly visible for staff, accurate timing and the auto-tagging by photographers (so you don't have to sift through thousands of images of strangers). 

Live results will be displayed on laptop kiosks near the finish line and later posted to the RunSignUp page.

--- Parking ---

We worked UW Transportation Services to get FREE parking on campus on ANY open parking lot. But the run/walk finish won’t be the end of the campus tour by foot for many of you! Plan to park in the LARGE athletic parking lot just east of Montlake Blvd and north of Husky Stadium and the basketball arena. From there it's a straight 8-10 minute walk to the Start and from the Finish.

Also park in surrounding neighborhoods. We also encourage you guys to carpool, take a $5 Lyft ride using the 15% off code "EXPLOREGREEN" on their Green Mode on the homepage of the app. Also Lime-bikes and Jump bikes are spread throughout campus! 

If planning to take the UW Link Rail, hop onto a Lime Bike at the station and ride 1 mile around to the Center for Urban Horticulture.

--- FAQ ---

Can you mail me my packet? 

Not this year! But you can have a friend or family member pick up your packet providing your first name, last name and birthday!

Are strollers allowed?
Yes, please make sure they have all-terrain wheels as the first 3/4 of a mile are mostly gravel trail.

Are dogs allowed?
Yes, on leash of course! Please pick up after your pet and start near the back of the last wave. If you do not have poop bags, one will be provided for you.

May I step on plants in the Union Bay Nature Area?

May I climb the trees for amazing photos anywhere on campus?

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Cherry Blossoms at The Quad

Enjoy an aerial preview of the cherry blossoms!

5K Course Map

5K Course

Course Description:

The 5K run starts at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Then run on gravel trail past wildlife through acres of Union Bay Natural Area before crossing over Ravenna Creek bridge to circle the soccer and baseball fields and the new outdoor track. Re-join more Union Bay shoreline as you head towards sports facilities on gravel road. You'll run around the newly renovated Husky Stadium! Pass by the new UW Link Rail station and over the newly constructed Pedestrian Overpass. Turn right at the end of the overpass and head uphill on Rainier Vista. Turn right onto E Stevens Way NE and stay to the left side of Stevens Way on sidewalk! Watch your pace because this is nearly a mile uphill! You'll stay on E Stevens Way NE all the way to the main entrance. Turn left on Memorial Way NE until the end of the road. Turn left onto the wide path and finish in Red Square adjacent to The Quad!

Legion of Bloom!


Have you been doing speed work and hill training?! Because the top 3 male and female finishers in respective age categories (ages 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-100) will receive these large, exclusive, and powerful "Legion of Bloom" award medals and names will be featured in a Legion of Bloom website section to be shared on social media and emails.


UW Center for Urban Horticulture


Like this page and invite your friends on Facebook.