While the streets around the Washington monument will be filled with Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile runners Sunday, runners around the world will be participating in similar races. The 7th Annual Credit Union SacTown Run and a Freedom Run in Kuwait will also take place Sunday, with another freedom run in Germany set for April 15.
The Credit Union Miracle Day Family of Races are designed to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Credit Unions for Kids program. Credit Unions for Kids is among the top 3 corporate contributors to Children’s Miracle Network, with over $12 million donated in 2016 alone
More than 1,500 runners are expected at the SacTown event Sunday, which features 3 different races, as well as a new challenge. There will be a a 10-mile race, the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Miracle Mile fun run and fitness walk, and a 5K.
This year’s new challenge is the “Homemade-Half Challenge,” for those interested in running a half-marathon. They can run in both the 5K (in less than 40 minutes) and the 10-miler. The distance adds up to the equivalent of a half-marathon.
The Freedom Runs will take place at Camp Arifjan, an Army installation in Kuwait, and at the Wiesbaden Army Garrison in Germany. The runs consist of servicemembers and other U.S. citizens stationed overseas, allowing them to particulate and feel connected to their homeland.
The Camp Arifjan race is sponsored by the Defense Credit Union Council, and the Wiesbaden race is sponsored by Andrews FCU, Suitland, Md.
For the past 8 years, Freedom Runs have taken place in locations such as Baghdad, Iraq and Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as in Germany and Kuwait.