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Register for the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Now

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‘Cherry Blossom Festival 10 Mile Run’
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The Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run is, by far, the most fun road race I’ve ever run. The crowds of cheering spectators, the flat and scenic course, and the beauty of the cherry blossoms in bloom make the ten miles pass by in an instant (well, mostly).  Because it’s such a great race, it’s also immensely popular, and very difficult to register for.  Last year, the race sold out in less than three hours, and during most of that time the web site was down.

This year they’re changing things up, and registration is now through a lottery system.  Sign up anytime between now and December 10th, as a group or as an individual (they say you’ve got the same chance of getting in either way), and you’ll find out whether you made it in by December 15– plenty of time to start your training before the April 11 race!  And if you want a guaranteed spot in next year’s race (to give yourself plenty of time to go from couch potato to 10 mile runner), sign up to volunteer for this year.

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Talkin’ Transit: Tags and Traffic

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‘W.H. Taft (LOC)’ courtesy of ‘The Library of Congress’

Did you know that vehicle registration in the District has dropped?

According to a new report being presented today, registrations dropped almost six percent between 2005 and 2008, from 258,100 to 243,200. The drop is significant in that when compared to U.S. Census data, the population in DC increased 1.7 percent.

As a comparison, Maryland and Virginia communities around the DC metro area increased between 3 and 6 percent.

What’s not known is why the drop has occurred, though there are theories.

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