Photo via Credit Union Cherry Blossoms runThousands of runners are expected to dash across Southwest D.C. this weekend as part of the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

Starting at 7:30 a.m., runners participating in the ten mile run will stream down 15th Street SW, Independence Ave. SW, the Memorial Bridge and around the Tidal Basin.

Click here to view a full map of last year’s race course, which organizers say is “very similar” to this year’s.

Metrorail service will start at 5 a.m that day to facilitate participants.

Photo via Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run


Cherry Blossoms photo via National Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry blossom season starts soon, are you ready?

The flowering trees around the Tidal Basin are predicted to be at “peak bloom” between March 31 and April 3, said National Park Service officials this morning.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival will start March 18 and run through April 17. Here’s a sampling of the festivities:

  • March 26, 5-6:30 p.m.: The festivities will kick off with musical performances at the Warner Theatre. (513 13th St. NW)
  • April 2, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Kites will take flight over the National Mall during the sixth annual Blossom Kite Festival.
  • April 5, 2:30 to 4 p.m.: A crowd will gather for the Japanese Stone Lantern Festival, with traditional Japanese music, the presentation of the United States and Japan Cherry Blossom QueenS and the the 2015 Cherry Blossom Princesses at the Tidal Basin at Independence Avenue and 17th Street SW.
  • April 17, 1 to 5 p.m.: The Anacostia River Festival will celebrate the waterway with free canoeing and kayaking, live music, pop-up stores and a bike parade at Anacostia Park (Anacostia Drive and Good Hope Road SE).

Photos via Facebook/National Cherry Blossom Festival


Morning Rundown

Mural on 8th Street SE

Best Spot to Watch World War II Aircraft FlyoverThe Southwester recommends watching the “Arsenal of Democracy” flyover of World War II-era planes tomorrow from the Tidal Basin. [The Southwester]

New Playground in Southwest — The new playground at the King-Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N St. SW) looks ready to open soon. The equipment includes sprinklers and a “splash park.” [Southwest…The Little Quadrant That Could]

From ‘Legendary’ Boxing Gym to Yoga Studio — The new East Side Yoga studio at 518 10th St. NE used to be a boxing club where Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman and Miles Davis worked out. [Capitol Hill Corner]


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