Kirby Park, Wilkes Barre, PA, 18704, Pennsylvania, US

Start Date


Let's celebrate spring in NEPA!  Come join us for the Wyoming Valley Striders 46th Annual Cherry Blossom 5 Mile Run / 17th Annual Tim Thomas Memorial!

This event will be held at Kirby Park when the stunning cherry trees are in full bloom. (Tim Thomas was a local standout runner and ran for Bloomsburg University. He died at age 31.)


  • To limit in-person contact, runners must pre-register online. Race day entries will not be accepted.
  • Pre-entry fee (we pay processing fee): WVS members $18 (code will be emailed), non-members $20
  • All entrants will receive a commemorative race swag item. 
  • Pre-registration will be capped at the first 200 entries. 
  • Now until March 21, 2021: Last year’s entrants and current WVS members will have first dibs at registering for the 2021 race. Appropriate emails were sent in March with instructions. If a member registered for the 2020 race, they will only receive deferral instructions. 
    • If a last year entrant does not use their deferral from 2020 before race cap is reached, their previous entry will become void and no refunds will be given.
  • On March 22, 2021: Registration will be available to everyone.
  • Online registration will close Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:59 am or earlier if race cap is reached.
  • Entry fee is not refundable or transferable.

Race Day

  • If a runner or spectator is sick or has recently been exposed to Covid-19, they need to stay home.
  • Face masks must be worn by all participants, spectators, and volunteers while not in the act of running. 
  • Pre-entry packet pick-up will begin at 8:30 am at the pavilion inside Kirby Park.
  • Pick-up will be organized by A-L and M-Z lines.

Staggered Start

  • Race start is at 10:00 am.
  • This race will be chip timed.
  • Runners will be staggered at the starting line.


  • The start and finish of the run is in the meadow area in Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre, PA. The course is mostly flat over a macadam pavement on the dike. 


  • Bring your own water if needed while running.
  • Individual water bottles will be available at the finish.


  • No awards ceremony will be held.
  • Medal distribution options will be available and emailed to age-group winners a week post-race. The WVS appreciates consideration of not having to mail an award.


  • If the race is cancelled due to any directives by the PA Governor, the hosted location, or the WVS, 2021 pre-entries will be deferred to next year. No refunds will be given. 

Vince Wojnar Triple Crown

  • If Winter’s End, Cherry Blossom, and the 20K Run take place in person in 2021, there will be a triple crown. 

  • This race is open to anyone. You do not need to be a WVS member to run. You can however become a member or renew your membership during the checkout process. Online memberships are $7 per year. Membership cards are sent within a week of receipt or given race day if received 14 days prior to event or not yet expired.  

  • The race directors reserve the right to accept or reject any entry.

Bracket/Division Details & Fees:

  1. Wyoming Valley Striders 46th Annual Cherry Blossom 5 Mile Run/17th Annual Tim Thomas Memorial

    The start and finish of the run is in the meadow area in Kirby Park. The course is mostly flat over a macadam pavement.
    Activity Starts: 5/2/2021 10:00 - Activity Ends: 5/2/2021 11:30
    Registration opens : 3/15/2021 09:30
    Activity type:
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 3/15/2021 09:30
      Registration closes : 4/30/2021 11:59
      Race fee : $20.00
      Processing fee : $0.00

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