45. Cherry Blossom Festival Run in DC

Posted at April 4, 2011 by 7 Comments

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This is a guest blog from the awesome Ashley Lusk, with amazing photos from Angela B. Pan!  As usual, you can  Purchase  framed prints of these photos  from Angela.   Her work is awesome!


Whether they’re pursuing dollars or votes, DC folks move with ambition. It’s that kind of passion that makes Washington DC the perfect host to a series of nationally known and well respected races.

One of these races is the Cherry Blossom Festival 5K, and last weekend I tackled a two-year dream to finish a 5k race.  If I made it, you can make it too!

It was near freezing (around 38 degrees), but me and 1700 other racers ran along the tidal basin, across the Memorial bridge, and back again to complete the 3.20 mile circuit.  Along the way we enjoyed lovely views like this:

View of the cherry blossoms across the tidal basin

The cherry blossoms in DC were in full effect for this race, and I was amazed at the beauty.

Gorgeous up close pic of the cherry blossoms

In March the spring running season kicks off with the National Marathon, followed by the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile/5k, and the Marine Corp Marathon and Army Ten Miler in October. In addition to these large-scale races, there are any number of 5k, fun/run walks, 10k, and half marathon races nearly every weekend.

Watching the race from the sidelines is a great first step to running a race yourself.  At the peak of the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC they’ll be plenty of photographers taking pictures across the Tidal Basin.

The Lincoln Memorial beautifully framed by the cherry blossoms

The Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival Run was an awesome experience at a time when the city is at its most beautiful.

I have no plans to be a professional runner anytime soon, but I’m glad I took the time to train for the 5k. It helped me discover a healthy past time, and most importantly connect with my city one step at a time!

Meet blogger/new running fanatic Ashley Lusk

Ashley Lusk blogs about Washington, D.C. life, food, politics and professions over at Metro{poetry}lis.

She believes that every DCist has earned the privilege to stand on the right side of the escalator,walk on the left, and eat cupcakes whenever they want.

And who are we to argue.

Catch more of Ashley’s writings over at Metro{poetry}lis.

And thanks again to Angela B. Pan, for her amazing photos of the Cherry blossoms in DC.  Check out more of her work at www.abpan.com.

There’s still a few days left of Cherry Blossom beauty to enjoy.  Get out there and have  a blast!


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7 Responses to “45. Cherry Blossom Festival Run in DC”

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      Thanks, Angela is my favorite photographer in the area, by a mile. Really glad you stopped by Jonez 🙂

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