WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Sunday was the 44th Annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 miler.

It will go down as one of the windiest runs in the Nation's Capital. As Surae Chinn reports it was a run that almost didn't happen.

High winds kicked up as runners stepped off the 44th annual Cherry Blossom 10 miler.

Runners were bundled up and some treated it like any other race.

Most who signed up didn't back down. And despite the wind slowing down their times, they were glad they participated.

Organizers thought long and hard whether to go on with the tradition this year because of the weather. For safety they eliminated the kids run. No overhead signs, balloons or clocks were along the route. The award ceremony was also eliminated.

About 17,000 runners signed up for the race and 16,000 showed up.