The good news is that if I don't get picked next year, I automatically get to run in 2014. And if I volunteer this year, I can automatically run in 2013. And then, if I run it for 10 years, I never have to do this lottery thing again. These are all ok alternatives, I guess. But they're also alternatives for neurotic people who plan their running schedule years in advance.
The Cherry Blossom races run on a lottery system because in 2009 the runner capacity was reached within 2 hours and 45 minutes of opening online registration. Way to ruin it for everyone, running enthusiasts.
In other running news, registration is officially open for The Crescent City Classic - which I'd like to run this year without getting sick. Aim high!!