WASHINGTON (4/5/13)--More than 15,000 runners are set to take to the streets of Washington, D.C. this Sunday as part of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run, and Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Bill Cheney on Thursday said CUNA is again "honored to be a part of it."
CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney on Thursday told attendees at a Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run press conference that he, like many of them, will be out early on Sunday to take part in the day's festivities. CUNA volunteers are again running the race bag check, and some brave souls are taking part in the race itself. (CUNA Photo)
Cheney joined race organizers and representatives from Congressional FCU, Washington, D.C.; CUNA Mutual; PSCU Financial Services; and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at a Thursday press conference to kick off the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run.
The 10-mile run and 5k run/walk event raises funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The title sponsor, Credit Union Miracle Day Inc., is entering its 12th year of race sponsorship. This year's donation of $483,000 will bring the total amount of funds raised to more than $6 million since beginning its sponsorship of the race in 2002. The group is slated to sponsor the race through 2016.
This is the 12th straight year that CUNA will support the race. A group of CUNA volunteers will work the race bag check tent, where runners will store their belongings while they race. CUNA employees are also taking part in the day's festivities by either running or walking the 10-mile or 5k routes.
The customary Capitol Hill Competition will also be held, as nearly 800 staffers from 70 teams represent their congressional offices. More than 160 members of Congress are serving as honorary race chairs this year.
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, are scheduled to run this weekend. U.S. Olympians Jen Rhines and Colleen De Reuck are also planning to run the race.
Boston Half Marathon record holder and 2012 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile champion Allan Kiprono will defend his title against 2012 runner-up Lani Kiplagat and others in the Men's race.
Nearly 1,700 runners are expected to take part in the Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run in Sacramento, Calif., and more than 1,000 athletes are set to run in two separate Credit Union Freedom Runs at the U.S. Army Garrison in Wiesbaden, Germany, and Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.