The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals were the ultimatewinners of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and theCredit Union SacTown Run on Sunday, April 3.

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The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington,D.C., saw Sam Chelanga at 48:25 become the first American to winthe race since 1990. Kenyan Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru was thefastest female runner at 53:11.6. Conditions were less than idealwith temperatures in the mid-30s and winds gusting up to 40 milesper hour, slowing all runners' times considerably, according to arelease.

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At the Credit Union SacTown Run in Sacramento, Calif., it was awindless, sunny morning. The top male runner was Jordan Chipangama,the returning champion at 49:23. The top female runner was JaneKibbii, the race's first-ever, three-time champion. She set acourse record, crossing the finish line at 53:21.

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sactown run“We're pleased to be celebratingour fifth anniversary of joining with the SacramentoRunning Association in hosting this great event. And we're thrilledto say that thanks to credit unions and businesses in Californiaand Nevada, we have raised more than $1.1 million over the pastfive years to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitalsthroughout both states,” Diana Dykstra, president/CEO of theCalifornia and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, said.

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Congressional FCU and U.S. Senate FCU sponsored the annualCherry Blossom Capitol Hill Competition, a race within the largerCredit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. House and Senate officesformed teams to compete for the Capitol Hill Cup. The team with thebest race time earned the bragging rights and the cup to display inits office. Nearly 800 congressional staffers ran in what's knownas the “Runner's Rite of Spring.”

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Credit Union Miracle Day, the title sponsor group of the familyof races, presented a $505,000 donation to CMN Hospitals. Of thatamount, more than $80,000 was raised by runners, theirfamilies and friends. Since credit unions became the title sponsorsin 2002, more than $7.5 million has been donated to CMN hospitalsnationwide.

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“We are so proud to be a part of this fun and healthycollaboration to help the kids at Children's Miracle NetworkHospitals,” Credit Union Miracle Day Chair Theresa Mann said. “Ourdedicated credit union and business partner sponsors, and hundredsof fundraisers and volunteers, are the reason we have been sosuccessful and had such a positive impact in our communities inthese 15 years.”

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Click through for a look at race day from both coasts. Recognizeanyone?

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diana dykstra speaks to newsDiana Dykstra,president/CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues,took time before the race to speak with local news outlets.

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team cuna mutualTeam CUNA Mutual was ready torace.

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team xceedTeam Xceed Financial was also readyto raise money for CMN Hospitals.

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Team San Diego County CU tealed up for race day.

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It was a beautiful day for a race in California.

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The SacTown Run presentation of $505,000 to CMN Hospitals.

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You never know who you'll see at the CreditUnion Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run.

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cuna volunteersCUNA Volunteers bundled up andwere ready to lend a hand at the CU Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run.Wind gusts of 10 miles per hour posed a challenge but racerscarried on.

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cherry blossom Credit Union Cherry Blossom TenMile Run officials present the check to CMN.

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Team Interior FCU braved the winds and survived race day.

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educational systems fcuThe winds and coldcouldn't keep the racers away.

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Team Educational Systems FCU came prepared to give theirall.

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SECU – Maryland and CUNA Board President Rod Staatz, waits forthe first runner to cross the finish line.

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