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On Running: Lottery started for Cherry Blossom

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Listen up, Cherry Blossom lovers. There is a new registration process that begins this week for the venerable 10-mile run, which begins and ends in the District.

According to the race's Web site, "After the 2009 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile run filled its on-line quota of 12,000 runners last year in just 2 hours and 45 minutes, the organizers have decided to institute a lottery system for entry into the 2010 event. Under the new system, entrants will be able to register for the lottery over a 10-day period between 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 and 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2009.

"Entrants will be electronically selected for the Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk after the lottery registration period closes. The results of the selection process for both events will be posted on the event website, www.cherryblossom.org, by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 15."

The race is scheduled for April 11, 2010, which of course is a ways off. But if you have any interest at all in running, sign up in the next week.

Annapolis event registration open - Brae Blackley, founder and executive director of the ZOOMA Women's Race Series, said her Annapolis event June 6 is open for registration.

"Last year's race saw a sold-out crowd of 3,000 women run through the streets of Annapolis," said Blackley, whose series is in its third year, beginning with the Annapolis Half Marathon & 10K.

Seeking shelter - Running in rainy, 45-degree weather is not pleasurable for most runners, which makes this a good time for indoor events.

The D.C. area has a full schedule of winter meets, perfect for racing as well as working out for strength and speed in the warmth.

The season begins at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex in Landover on Dec. 20, augmented by meets at Episcopal High School in Alexandria and at Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington.

The Prince George's complex will host events Dec. 20, Jan. 10, Jan. 24 and Feb. 7.

The season ends with the Sportsplex/Potomac Valley Association Masters Championship on March 13, 2010. Go to www.pgsportsandlearn.com for more information.

George Harris runs an upbeat program at Episcopal's Hoxton Field House, which features a 200-meter, banked track and events Dec. 27, Jan. 17 and Jan. 31.

At Thomas Jefferson Community Center, where Jay Wind for years has been providing competition and fun at the Potomac Valley Track Club's All-Comers Meets, the schedule includes meets Jan. 3, Jan. 17 and Jan. 31. For information, visit www.pvtc.org/indoor.html.

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