Sunday morning in Washington, D.C. roughly 15,000 runners took part in the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, known as "The Runner's Rite of Spring®." The race, in it's 40th year, began at 7:30am, with participants running in waves of approximately 2,500 runners each. A Cherry Blossom 5K Run-Walk and 1/2 Mile Kids' Run also took place Sunday morning. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Kenya's Allan Kiprono, last year's second place finisher, won Sunday's men's race in a course record-time of 45:15. Julliah Pinega, also from Kenya, won the women's race for the second year in a row, conquering the 10 mile route in a time of 54:02. The first place finisher in both the men's and women's races receives $7,500 in prize money.
After the jump, a look at the top five finishers in the men's and women's races and their times.
1st place: Allan Kiprono of Kenya, 45:15.
2nd place: Lani Kiplagat of Kenya, 46:28
3rd place: John Korir of Kenya, 47:33
4th place: Ian Burrell of U.S., 47:34
5th place: Jesse Cherry of U.S., 47:40
1st place: Julliah Pinega of Kenya, 54:02
2nd place: Malika Mejdoub of Morroco, 54:24
3rd place: Yunilesh Delelecha of Ethiopia (a Washington, D.C. resident), 54:33
4th place: Agnieszka Tiolek of Poland, 54:36
5th place: Claire Hallissey of Great Britain (an Arlington, VA resident), 54:37
Sunday's 40th Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run course: