WASHINGTON (4/8/13)--More than 15,000 runners signed on for Sunday's annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and anyone venturing out on the National Mall--even in the pre-dawn hours--would assure you that it seemed they were all there for the teeming and lively scene.
| The 41st running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run took place Sunday, April 7. (CUNA Photo)|
More than 160 members of Congress were honorary chairs of this year's event, nearly 800 Capitol Hill staffers participated in the race, and the event was blanketed with credit union volunteers supporting the effort, including a strong contingent form the Credit Union National Association. Four former Members of Congress also signed on to be Honorary Race Chairs.
A kick-off press conference was held in the Capitol Visitor Center Thursday, April 4, and a Kids' Play Day at Children's National Medical Center in Washington' DC' was a Friday highlight of the weekend's credit union activities surrounding the race.
Credit Union Miracle Day (CUMD) is the title sponsor group of the race. Sunday was the 41st year of the annual run, and twelfth with credit unions as chief sponsor.
"We are very proud of the way credit unions and their business partners, including our lead partner, PSCU, and runners have all united and collaborated to raise funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals under the umbrella of Credit Unions for Kids," CUMD Chairman Juri Valdov said about the 2013 race.
CUMD's 2013 donation of $483,000 will bring the 12-year total of funds donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide to over $6 million. Approximately $112,000 alone was raised by runners and their families and friends in 2013.
Credit Union Miracle Day is slated to sponsor the race through 2016.
CUNA volunteers once again showed the credit union difference by taking on bag check responsibilities for the 10-mile run and 5k run/walk event. And CUNA athletes, including Executive Vice President of Government Affairs John Magill, also made a good showing in the main event.
USA Track and Field has named this year's Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile as the USA Women's 10-Mile Championship, Presented by America's Credit Unions. As a result, top American female athletes, including five-time U.S. National Road Running Champion and London Olympian Janet Cherobon Bawcom were scheduled to run. U.S. Olympians Jen Rhines and Colleen De Reuck also signed on to compete in to run the race.
Boston Half Marathon record holder and 2012 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile champion Allan Kiprono went up again 2012 runner-up Lani Kiplagat and others in the men's race.
The CUMD Family of Races has expanded beyond the Washington event. Also on Sunday, the second annual Credit Union SacTown 10 Mile Run took take place in downtown Sacramento, Calif., to raise money for Children's Miracle Network hospitals in California and Nevada.
And two "freedom runs" were organized: One held Sunday at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, sponsored by the Defense Credit Union Council Overseas Subcouncil, and the other scheduled for April 20 at Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany, sponsored by Andrews FCU.