WASHINGTON (2/20/13)--This year's USA Women's 10 Mile Championship, presented by America's Credit Unions, will join in on the festivities at the 41st Runners Rite of Spring on April 7 in Washington D.C., announced the organizers of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and USA Track & Field (USATF).
Credit Union Miracle Day, the sponsor group of a family of races, in cooperation with the Credit Union National Association and the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, secured the naming rights of the championship run. The championship name will say it is Presented by America's Credit Unions.
"This designation elevates not only this world-class running event, it also raises awareness of credit unions' commitment to serving their 95 million member-owners and communities," said Charlie Mallon, president/CEO of Congressional FCU and chairman of the race committee for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run.
The run will provide an advance start for the elite women, so they can compete for times that will be recognized as coming from a women's-only race.
With the level of U.S. talent expected for the championship, it is likely that the American record for a women's-only 10 mile race will be set at the event, said organizers. The current mark of 54:37 was set by the late Sally Meyerhioff in the 2009 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run. USATF's rules distinguish between American record times set in women's-only races and mixed races.
"The addition of the USA Women's 10 Mile Championships to our slate of weekend activities complements and reinforces our mission, which is to be the only truly elite road race in our nation's capital," said Race Director Phil Stewart.
"We appreciate the support of America's Credit Unions, which made it possible for us to host the women's championship, and are excited to host the very best American women distance runners, and look forward to them taking aim at the single-sex U.S. record."
"The Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run has been a spring institution for road runners for more than four decades," Max Siegel, CEO of USATF said.
More than 26,000 runners submitted applications to participate in the 2013 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile and 5K. With a field limit of 15,000 established by the National Park Service and selected by lottery in December, not everyone who hoped to run will be able to participate in this year's "Runners Rite of Spring." Runners include more than 900 Capitol Hill staffers
There are, however, a limited number of openings for Charity Race entrants, who must register by March 1. Charity Race entrants gain entry by raising a minimum of $500 for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Use the link for more information about becoming a Charity Race entry participant.
Since 2002, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile and 5K have raised over $5.5 million for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals under the umbrella of Credit Unions for Kids. A significant part of that sum has been raised by Charity Race entrants. Charity Race entrants are required to raise a minimum of $500 by March 1, but lots of runners in the past have gone above and beyond the minimum; it's not at all unusual for a Charity Entrant to raise thousands of dollars.
The family of races also includes the Credit Union SacTown 10-Mile Run in Sacramento, Calif., and two runs for overseas troops: Camp Arifjan in Kuwait and Wiesbaden Army Garrison in Germany.
Credit Union Miracle Day is a collaboration of 86 credit unions and 59 business partners, including lead partner PSCU.