WTOP’s Shayna Estulin stories from the end line on the 10 mile cherry blossom run in D.C. on Sunday.

On Sunday, hundreds of runners gathered on the Washington Monument for the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, an annual spring custom within the District.

First place winners of this years race had been, within the girls’s class, Sarah Chelangat and Emily Durgin (USATF). In the lads’s class, Wesley Kiptoo and Hillary Bor (USATF) earned high honors.

Though the race is a D.C. custom, runners got here from all over the world to take part. Runner Alex Ostberg flew in from Oregon together with his household to participate in his first Cherry Blossom run.

“It was a blast,” he mentioned. “Very scenic venue, lovely course, excellent climate. Couldn’t ask for extra.”

The route took runners throughout the Potomac into Arlington, Virginia, through the Memorial Bridge and again, persevering with alongside the Tidal Basin and right down to Hains Point earlier than ending on the Washington Monument.

While peak cherry blossom season is over, a “Stumpy” tree mascot was readily available to cheer runners on. Stumpy, a brief cherry blossom tree that’s been slated for removing from the Tidal Basin, has captured the hearts of followers internationally.

Takoma Park, Maryland, resident, Alfonso Revilla and his toddler Leo, had been additionally cheering from the end line, celebrating Sara Servin who’s getting again into working after giving start.

“She’s been doing an unbelievable job coaching,” he mentioned of his spouse. “I’m so pleased with her and I like her a lot,” he mentioned.

The Cherry Blossom 10-mile race, in addition to Saturday’s 5k run/stroll, raises cash for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.