Cherry Blossom, SacTown Races Raise $505K for CMN
The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals were the ultimate winners of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and the Credit Union SacTown Run on Sunday, April 3.
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C., saw Sam Chelanga at 48:25 become the first American to win the race since 1990. Kenyan Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru was the fastest female runner at 53:11.6. Conditions were less than ideal with temperatures in the mid-30s and winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour, slowing all runners’ times considerably, according to a release.
At the Credit Union SacTown Run in Sacramento, Calif., it was a windless, sunny morning. The top male runner was Jordan Chipangama, the returning champion at 49:23. The top female runner was Jane Kibbii, the race’s first-ever, three-time champion. She set a course record, crossing the finish line at 53:21.
“We’re pleased to be celebrating our fifth anniversary of joining with the Sacramento Running Association in hosting this great event. And we’re thrilled to say that thanks to credit unions and businesses in California and Nevada, we have raised more than $1.1 million over the past five years to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout both states,” Diana Dykstra, president/CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, said.
Congressional FCU and U.S. Senate FCU sponsored the annual Cherry Blossom Capitol Hill Competition, a race within the larger Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. House and Senate offices formed teams to compete for the Capitol Hill Cup. The team with the best race time earned the bragging rights and the cup to display in its office. Nearly 800 congressional staffers ran in what’s known as the “Runner’s Rite of Spring.”
Credit Union Miracle Day, the title sponsor group of the family of races, presented a $505,000 donation to CMN Hospitals. Of that amount, more than $80,000 was raised by runners, their families and friends. Since credit unions became the title sponsors in 2002, more than $7.5 million has been donated to CMN hospitals nationwide.
“We are so proud to be a part of this fun and healthy collaboration to help the kids at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” Credit Union Miracle Day Chair Theresa Mann said. “Our dedicated credit union and business partner sponsors, and hundreds of fundraisers and volunteers, are the reason we have been so successful and had such a positive impact in our communities in these 15 years.”
Click through for a look at race day from both coasts. Recognize anyone?
Diana Dykstra, president/CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, took time before the race to speak with local news outlets.
Team CUNA Mutual was ready to race.
Team Xceed Financial was also ready to raise money for CMN Hospitals.
Team San Diego County CU tealed up for race day.
It was a beautiful day for a race in California.
The SacTown Run presentation of $505,000 to CMN Hospitals.
You never know who you'll see at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run.
CUNA Volunteers bundled up and were ready to lend a hand at the CU Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run. Wind gusts of 10 miles per hour posed a challenge but racers carried on.
Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run officials present the check to CMN.
Team Interior FCU braved the winds and survived race day.
The winds and cold couldn't keep the racers away.
Team Educational Systems FCU came prepared to give their all.
SECU - Maryland and CUNA Board President Rod Staatz, waits for the first runner to cross the finish line.