For immediate release: September 9, 2021

Metro to open early Sunday to support Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

Metrorail will open early, at 5 a.m., Sunday, September 12, 2021, for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, providing an easy, convenient way for runners and spectators to get to the race. 

The two hour early opening, approved by Metro's Board of Directors, supports the region's pandemic recovery and waives the normal fees paid by event organizers for the added service. 



  • The closest Metrorail station to the start of the race is Smithsonian Station, one block away from the Washington Monument Grounds on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines. 
  • To avoid crowding at Smithsonian Station, customers may also want to consider Federal Triangle, two blocks from the Washington Monument Grounds on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.
  • Customers traveling to/from the Red Line should transfer at Metro Center to access the Blue, Orange and Silver lines. 
  • Customers traveling to/from the Green and Yellow lines should transfer at L'Enfant Plaza to access the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.
  • Fares are just $2 for a one-way trip no matter where you travel on Metrorail under new fare and service changes that took effect this month. Parking is also free on weekends.

Customers are also advised of scheduled construction on the Red Line for the Rockville Canopy Replacement Project:

  • Shady Grove and Rockville stations closed.
  • Free shuttle buses provided; however, customers should allow additional travel time. 
  • Use the Twinbrook, White Flint, and Grosvenor stations as an alternative. Parking is available at all three stations. 

Before heading to the race, Metro encourages riders to purchase fare ahead of time. The best option to avoid lines, is SmarTrip mobile pay. Download the SmarTrip app for iOS or Android to transfer an existing SmarTrip card or purchase a new one with enough round-trip value for you and all your travelers.

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