Cherry Blossom Festival

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Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey is a wonderful location to appreciate the outdoors, engage in athletic competitions and get closer to nature.  Located only a short drive from the luxurious rental apartments at The Modern in Fort Lee, you can enjoy this space for many activities, like a family picnic, or take advantage of the many choices offered by the Essex County Parks System.

For thirty-nine years the Branch Brook Park has hosted a Cherry Blossom Festival, second only to that of Washington, DC.  This is a ten day festival with many events, some including a 10K race, trolley bus tours, and a Family Day of Japanese cultural activities, including demonstrations on origami, bonsai, ikebana, and martial arts.

Two special events are planned for opening weekend;

On Saturday, April 11th the festival features ‘Race through the Park in the Cherry Blossom Challenge’, an official NJBA event.  From 7:00am through 1:00pm cyclists will be taking part in a variety of bike runs through the park. Not riding?  Come cheer them on – no fee for cheerleaders. For more information, contact Tom Mains at tommains@njbikeracing.com or Jim Bernstein at jbernstein@njbikeracing.com or to register you may apply on-line at http://www.essexcountynj.org/festival

Race through the Park in the Cherry Blossom Challenge

Essex County Branch Brook Park, Northern Division Oval

Heller Parkway Newark, New Jersey

Saturday, April 11, 2015

7:00am – 1:00pm

Fee: $30 – $35.00 – varies by race category

On Sunday, April 12th, you can race through the historic cherry tree groves in the USATF-NJ sanctioned Cherry Blossom 10K Run. The first 500 registrants receive a commemorative Cherry Blossom 10K Run long-sleeved T-shirt. The top three finishers in each age category will receive a commemorative fleece jacket. Advanced registration is suggested; same day registration is at 8:00am.  The race starts at 10:00am; the Disabled Run starts at 10:10am.  A portion of the race precedes benefit the Special Olympics.

Click on http://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/branch-brook-park to find out where to download an application or apply online.

Cherry Blossom 10K Run

Sunday, April 12, 2015

10:00am – 12 noon

8:00am Registration; 10:00am Race Start

Cherry Blossom Visitor’s Center, Mill Street Entrance, Belleville

Fee: $22.00 Pre-Registrants; $19:00 USATF-NJ Member Pre-Registrants; $25.00 ‘day of’ fee.

 

Other special scheduled events being held during the Cherry Blossom Festival are;

Guided Historic Park Tours

Wednesday, April 15 through Wednesday, April 22

April 11 – 22, 2015

11:00am, 12noon, and 1:00pm

 

1- Mile Fun Run/Walk

Saturday, April 18

10:00am

Southern Division

 

Essex County Family Day

Saturday, April 18

11:00am – 3:00pm

Concert Grove, Southern Division

 

With over 3,000 cherry trees, it won’t make a difference which activity you’re partaking in, we promise the view will be breathtaking.

Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

April 11 – 22, 2015

Branch Brook Park

Newark, New Jersey

http://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/branch-brook-park

 

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