The cherry blossom trees of Washington, D.C., bring thousands of tourists from all over the world to the nation’s capital when they bloom in the spring.
This year, the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run took place just as the cherry blossoms were in peak bloom, creating a stunning backdrop to the popular race. It’s the first time the race coincided with peak bloom in eight years.
However, the 2015 race wasn’t without a hitch—a major accident involving a pedestrian took place along the course route just before the roads were closed, forcing organizers to scramble and re-route the race just before it started. As a result, the course wasn’t able to be measured until afterward. The organizers said on their Facebook page that the course was probably around 9.5 to 9.7 miles, and would be officially measured this week.
Here are photos from the race, taken by Paul Phillips of Competitive Image (@CompImagePhoto on Twitter):