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WASHINGTON (4/2/12)--Volunteers from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) were among the many groups that helped make the 2012 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run happen this past weekend, and all were greeted by fair weather on Sunday, as around 15,000 runners were routed through downtown Washington, D.C.

Click for slide show CUNA Board Chairman and Georgia Credit Union Affiliates President/CEO Mike Mercer (left) and CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney hit the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Sunday in the pre-dawn hours to prepare for the 2012 running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-K Run. The annual event raises money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Credit Union Miracle Day Inc., has raised more than $5.5 million for this cause in the 11 years it has sponsored the race. The group is slated to sponsor the race through 2016. (CUNA Mutual Photo)
CUNA volunteers supported the race for the 11th-straight time by working in the race bag check tent.

CUNA employees also took part in the run/walk event, and CUNA also co-sponsored the "Capitol Hill Competition," a race-within-a-race for runners from congressional offices.

This competition set a record this year, with nearly 1,000 runners participating. More than 180 members of the U.S. Congress, and Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, served as honorary chairs of the run.

The 10-mile run and 5k run/walk event raises funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and the title sponsor, Credit Union Miracle Day Inc., has raised more than $5.5 million, including this year's donations of $515,000, for this cause in the 11 years it has sponsored the race. The group is slated to sponsor the race through 2016.

CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney and other credit union representatives were among those that attended a Friday event to kick off the run. The event, held at Children's National Medical Center in Washington‚ DC‚ featured a craft day for children at the hospital.

"The Cherry Blossom Run has become a rite of spring for credit unions and their supporters, and is becoming one for the Capitol Hill community as well," Cheney said.

"The outpouring of support by credit unions for the race and children's hospitals across the nation--combined with the highest-ever participation from Capitol Hill--ensures that the impact of event will resound throughout credit unions and Washington," he added.

In addition to 93 credit union sponsors from across the country, more than 56 credit union business partners supported the run as well. It is estimated that over 7‚000 of the 15,000 D.C. runners were credit union members.

Also, a pair of Credit Union FREEDOM Ten Mile Runs were held at sites outside of Washington: the U.S. Army Garrison in Wiesbaden, Germany, and Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.