Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

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The Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run is an annual 10-mile (16 km) road race in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1973 originally as a precursor training run for elite runners planning to compete in the Boston Marathon, the race has evolved over the years into a local race for runners of all abilities. Nevertheless, it still attracts international running stars such as Catherine Ndereba, Bill Rodgers, John Korir, and Olga Romanova.

The race is scheduled for the first Sunday of each April, meant to coincide with the bloom of the cherry blossoms given as a gift in 1912 from the mayor of Tokyo. The race is part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival of late March and early April in the city.

The race course covers many historic and memorable sights in Washington, D.C. Among the landmarks along the route are the Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, the Watergate complex, Rock Creek Park, and the Tidal Basin.

Past winners[edit]

Key:       Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 1973  Sam Bair (USA) 51:22  Kathrine Switzer (USA) 1:11:19
2nd 1974  Jack Mahurin (USA) 50:50  Carol Fridley (USA) 1:02:48
3rd 1975  Carl Hatfield (USA) 51:47  Julie Shea (USA) 59:55
4th 1976  Carl Hatfield (USA) 49:09  Julie Shea (USA) 57:04
5th 1977  Dan Rincon (USA) 49:44  Julie Shea (USA) 56:08
6th 1978  Bill Rodgers (USA) 48:58  Jennifer White (USA) 56:35
7th 1979  Bill Rodgers (USA) 48:01  Aileen O'Connor (USA) 56:03
8th 1980  Bill Rodgers (USA) 47:09  Anne Hird (USA) 55:34
9th 1981  Bill Rodgers (USA) 47:17  Laurie Binder (USA) 56:44
10th 1982  Terry Baker (USA) 49:29  Eleanor Simonsick (USA) 58:16
11th 1983  Greg Meyer (USA) 46:13  Eleanor Simonsick (USA) 53:46
12th 1984  Simon Kigen (KEN) 47:26  Rosa Mota (POR) 54:16
13th 1985  Simon Kigen (KEN) 46:24  Lisa Rainsberger (USA) 53:30
14th 1986  Thom Hunt (USA) 46:15  Rosa Mota (POR) 53:09
15th 1987  Jon Sinclair (USA) 46:48  Lisa Ondieki (AUS) 52:23
16th 1988  Jean-Pierre Ndayisenga (BDI) 47:33  Anne Audain (NZL) 53:26
17th 1989  Brian Sheriff (ZIM) 46:43  Lisa Rainsberger (USA) 52:34
18th 1990  Chris Fox (USA) 47:06  Lisa Rainsberger (USA) 52:38
19th 1991  Carl Thackery (GBR) 46:26  Jill Boltz (GBR) 51:57
20th 1992  Richard Chelimo (KEN) 47:06  Albina Gallyamova (RUS) 53:44
21st 1993  William Sigei (KEN) 46:29  Judi St. Hilaire (USA) 52:27
22nd 1994  William Sigei (KEN) 46:01  Hellen Chepngeno (KEN) 54:05
23rd 1995  Ismael Kirui (KEN) 45:38  Rose Cheruiyot Kosgei (KEN) 51:40
24th 1996  Lazarus Nyakeraka (KEN) 46:37  Joan Nesbit (USA) 53:25
25th 1997  Peter Githuka Mwangi (KEN) 46:29  Valentina Yegorova (RUS) 54:28
26th 1998  Simon Rono (KEN) 45:51  Colleen De Reuck (RSA) 51:16
27th 1999  Worku Bikila (ETH) 46:59  Jane Omoro (KEN) 53:37
28th 2000  Reuben Cheruiyot (KEN) 46:07  Teresa Wanjiku (KEN) 55:53
29th 2001  John Korir Kipsang (KEN) 46:12  Elana Meyer (RSA) 52:16
30th 2002  Reuben Cheruiyot (KEN) 47:13  Luminița Talpoș (ROM) 52:50
31st 2003  John Korir Kipsang (KEN) 46:56  Olga Romanova (RUS) 53:43
32nd 2004  Nelson Kiplagat Birgen (KEN) 48:12  Isabella Ochichi (KEN) 52:07
33rd 2005  John Korir Kipsang (KEN) 46:55  Nuța Olaru (ROM) 52:01
34th 2006  Gilbert Okari (KEN) 47:25  Lidiya Grigoryeva (RUS) 52:11
35th 2007  Tadese Tola (ETH) 46:00.7  Teyba Erkesso (ETH) 51:43.4
36th 2008  Ridouane Harroufi (MAR) 46:14  Lineth Chepkurui (KEN) 54:21
37th 2009  Ridouane Harroufi (MAR) 45:56  Lineth Chepkurui (KEN) 53:32
38th 2010  Stephen Tum (KEN) 45:43  Lineth Chepkurui (KEN) 51:51
39th 2011  Lelisa Desisa (ETH) 45:36  Julliah Kerubo Tinega (KEN) 54:02
40th 2012  Allan Kiprono (KEN) 45:15  Julliah Kerubo Tinega (KEN) 54:02
41st 2013  Daniel Salel Lemashon (KEN) 46:06  Caroline Rotich Cheptanui (KEN) 52:46

References[edit]

List of winners

External links[edit]