Some 15,000 runners participated Sunday in the Credit UnionCherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, and the Children'sMiracle Network Hospitals were the big winners.

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The hospitals received a donation of $487,000 from Credit UnionMiracle Day, including $111,781 donated online by some 282 creditunion members, runners, their families and friends. PSCU helpedlead the effort again this year with matching donations and eventsleading up to the big donation.

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Voted most popular DC race by readers of the Washingtonian,the 42nd annual run was kicked off by Secretary of theInterior Sally Jewell at the National Mall.

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This year, for the first time, the run hosted both the USA Track & Field Men's and Women's Ten Mile Championshipspresented by America's Credit Unions.

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Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia was the fastest female runner at 52:05.The top male runner was Stephen Sambu of Kenya at 45:29. The 2014USA Women's 10 Mile Championship was won by Janet Bawcom ofFlagstaff, Ariz., who crossed the finish line at 52:12, breakingher own record of 53:28 last year. Christo Landry of Ann Arbor,Mich., placed sixth overall in the men's competition with a time of46:41 to win the 2014 USA Men's 10 Mile Championship title.

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Meanwhile, in downtown Sacramento, Calif., over 2,000 runners,including more than 500 credit union participants, took part in theThird Annual Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run.

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Since becoming the title sponsors of races in 2002, Credit UnionMiracle Day, a collaboration of 101 credit unions and 48 businesspartners and CUSOs, including lead partner PSCU, has donated over$6 million to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across thecountry, under the umbrella of Credit Unions for Kids.

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Another race, the Freedom Run at Wiesbaden Army Garrison inGermany, has been slated for April 12.

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More photos from the Washington, D.C., tradition:

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A military honor guard got things going as dawn broke onSunday, April 7, in the nation's capital.

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Next: Going Bananas

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Quick energy in the form of a favorite fruit was at theready.

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Next: And They're Off

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Participants in the men's elite division get thingsgoing.

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Next: Speaking of Elite

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First to finish was Stephen Sambu of Kenya at45:29.

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Next: The Fastest Female

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Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia was the fastest female runnerat 52:05.

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Next: Check It Out

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CUNA Mutual had two teams of runners and about 30volunteers at the race on Sunday. Here, participants show off a bigcheck for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

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