Thousands Race in Cherry Blossom Run
On a sunny spring Sunday, 15,000 runners were on the National Mall to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network in the 38th Annual Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run.
Stephen Turn from Kenya won the men's division by running the race in 45 minutes and 43 seconds. The second-place finisher was Lelisa Desisa from Ethiopia with a time of 45 minutes and 44 seconds.
Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya won the women's division for the third year in a row. She ran the race in 51 minutes and 51 seconds. Juliah Tinega, also from Kenya, finished second with a time of 52 minutes and 39 seconds.
On the Friday before the event, Credit Union Miracle Day Chairman Juri Valdov presented a $923,000 check on behalf of credit unions to the Children's Miracle Network.
"We're in the people business, we're in the people helping people business," Valdov explained at a news conference at Children's National Medical Center. The check he presented was for the third-largest amount credit unions have contributed since they began sponsoring the event in 2002.
Valdov said 7,200 of the runners that were selected for the race are credit union members and there were 34 credit union teams.
This year, 27,000 people applied for the 15,000 slots. Runners competed for the largest purse in event history-$45,000 in prize and bonus money.
The credit union movement, which has sponsored the race since 2002, recently announced it will continue to do so until at least 2016.