Seattle Cherry Blossom Run 2024 @ University of Washington

Legion of Bloom 🌸

📸: Seattle Cherry Blossom Run

📆 Saturday, March 23rd + Sunday, March 24th + Saturday, March 30th
🎟 Race fees starting at $24
📍 Multiple locations including UW
and the Burke Gilman Trail

Cherry blossoms bring the long-awaited promise of spring. Locations around Seattle, including the University of Washington quad, become a canopy of pink and white. The trees are among thousands donated to the city by Japan back in the 1930s. And at this cherry blossom-themed run, people come out to race, run, or walk the quad to celebrate the season’s arrival. Nicknamed the “Legion of Bloom,” the Seattle Cherry Blossom Run is a fun way to take in the breathtaking foliage

Held on March 23rd, 24th, and 30th, multiple race options exist for different levels, starting with a half marathon, 10K, and 5K run/walk—with prizes. There’s also a “sip and stroll” option for folks more interested in taking a tranquil walk with their morning coffee. Little ones can join the fun with a kids run for those ten and under. Dogs are allowed in all but the first wave. Every participant gets swag, including a custom cherry blossom shirt, medal, and ribbon. 

If you can’t come to campus for the race, there’s a virtual option to run anywhere the trees bloom, like the Green Lake TrailSeward Park Trail, and Jefferson Park. Heads-up: Registration for the race includes the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Japan, an even better reason to get in on the cherry cheer.

 Check out the list below for more spring fun runs

To enjoy more blossoms around town, check out these locations

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Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.