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Every spring, Congressional Cemetery blooms with new life as we welcome the reawakening of our environmental treasures, including several species of DC’s iconic cherry blossom trees! These beautiful spring hallmarks punctuate every spring in DC with their stunning beauty. While typically associated with the tidal basin, Congressional Cemetery has dozens of beloved cherry blossoms from several different species, including Taiwan, Yoshino, Kwanzan, and Higan trees. Truly, our cherry blossoms hold a special place in our hearts.

In celebration of our environment and the return of spring, please join us on April 13 at 9:00 AM for the FIRST ever Cherry Blossom 5k at Congressional Cemetery. Enjoy a beautiful and invigorating run (or walk!) inside the cemetery in the company of some of our our beloved cherry trees! All proceeds from the race go to furthering our non-profit mission, including environmental preservation. Come and support the cemetery and our cherry blossoms this spring!

Register here!

Registration opens on February 12!

Start Time: The 5K begins at 9:00 AM inside the cemetery. Registration begins at 7:30 AM in the Chapel.

Cost: $35 for the race ($30 early bird pricing for all reservations prior to February 26!)

Not only is this a fun race, but it comes with the good feeling you get when supporting a non-profit!

We are unable to offer refunds or race transfers.

The Course:

Our 5K course is flat, fast, and USATF certified. Start and finish are within the cemetery, and the course goes out on the adjoining Anacostia Trail for a quick out and back. Water is available at the start/finish line and at a water stop around the halfway point of the 5k course.


Prizes will be rewarded for the top finishers, including the team with the best collective time! Water and snacks are provided to all race participants.


We do allow strollers and dogs on this course. However, please keep in mind that all those with dogs and strollers will be asked to start at the back of the group to minimize confusion. Please no retractable leashes!

Children’s Race:

We are also offering a children’s race prior to the start of the 5k. Participation in the children’s run is free for any child who has a parent, guardian, or friend registered for the 5K. Children may still participate, if no runners are registered, for a $5 fee. Registration for the children’s race is in our chapel the day of the race and a parent or guardian must sign a waiver.


There is no pre-race packet pickup. All bib pickup will occur prior to the race in our chapel. Bib pickup begins at 7:30 AM in the Chapel. 

All proceeds from Congressional Cemetery events, including the Cherry Blossom 5k, help support our 501(c)(3) organization and fund the preservation of this National Historic Landmark”


Shirts and tank tops for the Cherry Blossom 5k can be purchased below! Order by March 26 to receive your merch by race day!

Purchase your shirt here!

Our Sponsors:

As a non-profit organization, we rely on events like the Cherry Blossom 5k to help fundraise in pursuit of our mission, including environmental preservation. We are extremely grateful and appreciative of the Cherry Blossom 5k Sponsors. We encourage all attendees to learn more about these amazing organizations!

Fulcrum Residential

Eastern Memorials

Eastern Memorials is a full-service monument company, specializing in creating personalized memorials in both granite and bronze since 1992. We believe each family has a unique story to tell, and we understand the importance of capturing that story in stone for the benefit of future generations. Our caring staff will work with you in designing a lasting and unique tribute for your loved one. Eastern Memorials artisans use a combination of old-world knowledge and state-of-the-art equipment to design and make our memorials and headstones for graves. Covering regions of Maryland, Washington D.C. & Northern Virginia, we are the premier and most technologically modern monument company, located in Manassas, VA. Visit our website to view our wide array of work. Contact us with any questions that you may have at (703) 393-0999 or info@easternmemorials.com.

Learn more about them here!

DC Access

Founded in 1999, DC Access is Washington DC’s first Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP). Focused on making internet access and digital living simpler, more affordable and easier to maintain, DC Access was born to provide Washington, DC with a better choice, excellent customer service and reliable connections. The company helps Capitol Hill and Adams Morgan residents and small businesses get online through its wireless internet service, smart home consultations and wiring, and Free TV DC option for cord cutters in residential homes. DC Access is a local company focused on serving the needs of local customers. They understand the unique needs of those renovating historic homes and living in multi-unit properties. For more information on DC Access, please visit www.dcaccess.net.

Learn more about them here!

More questions? Contact Congressional Cemetery race staff.