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CU volunteers blanket Cherry Blossom Run (04/09/2010)
Click to view larger imageGetting there even before the runners arrive, CUNA and credit union volunteers blanket the National Mall before the Cherry Blossom Race to perform key tasks to help the race run smoothly. Shown here just as the sun is lighting the sky are some of the 15 CUNA volunteers who mostly stationed the tents where runners safely stow their gear while running. The two youngest members of the volunteer team are Randy Bloch, the son of Senior Assistant General Counsel Jeffrey Bloch ( who is third from left with his son directly to his right) and a friend, Ben Marcus. Also shown Regulatory Counsel Luke Martone, Alicia Valencia, League Relations Manager and AACUL Corporate Secretary, Richard Dines, Director League Relations, Sue McCue, Manager of Credit Union House, and Kristen Prather, CUNA Grassroots Manager. The photo was taken by fellow volunteer and CUNA senior vice president of communication, Mark Wolff. (CUNA Photo)
WASHINGTON (4/12/10)—As 15,000 runners raced through the city streets on Sunday, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) again supported Childrens’ Hospitals by serving as a title sponsor of the 2010 edition of the Cherry Blossom Run. CUNA’s 15 volunteers braved the slight Sunday chill, reporting at 6 a.m. to man the race bag check. CUNA vice president of communications and media outreach Pat Keefe said that the volunteer efforts of CUNA and other credit unions demonstrates "the credit union difference" to those running the race. Over 27,000 runners registered for the 15,000 available spots, and the runners include over 700 members and staffers from Capitol Hill, including a record 39 congressional honorary co-chairs. Former record-holding marathoner Bill Rodgers and 1984 gold medalist marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson, along with 40 Capitol Hill teams of 600-plus runners and 34 credit union teams with 170 runners, took part in the race. The race for the first time was streamed live online on and will air next week locally on WJLA-TV, the local ABC affiliate in Washington DC.

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