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CUNA celebrates a decade of CU Run support
WASHINGTON (4/4/11)—A cadre of volunteers from the Credit Union National Association were among those that helped set the stage for Sunday’s Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-mile run.
Click for slide showCUNA volunteers were on the National Mall bright and early Sunday to show support for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10K Race by stowing racers' gear. This was CUNA's tenth year of involvement in the event that has raised $5 million for Children's Hospitals. (CUNA Photo)
The CUNA volunteers braved the relatively cold temperatures, and an early wake up call, to work the bag check tent for this year’s race. CUNA vice president of communications and media outreach Pat Keefe said that the volunteer efforts of CUNA and other credit unions again demonstrated "the credit union difference" to those running the race. This is the tenth straight year that CUNA has supported the race. A total of 15,000 runners took part in this year’s run, and race organizers said that over 28,000 prospective runners applied for a spot in the race. More than 600 members and staffers from Capitol Hill participated in the race. Around 1,000 soldiers and civilians overseas also took part in a “satellite” race at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. The race continued to attract elite competition, with three-time winners Lineth Chepkurui and John Korir returning to compete for a $45,000 race purse, the largest fee to be awarded in race history. Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa won the mens competition, tying the course record of 45:37. Julliah Tinega placed first in the womens race. Former record-holding marathoner Bill Rodgers also again took part in this year’s race. Ninety-one members of Congress from 30 separate states served as honorary race chairs. CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney helped to kick off the event Friday by participating, with other credit union officials, in a "play day" with patients at Washington Children's Hospital--meant to be a visible sign of credit union commitment to working in support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and their mission of supporting childrens' hospitals nationwide. ALso, at a press conference at the hospital, Cheney noted that credit unions have had a major role in helping to raise $5 million for sick children over 10 years through support of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Race. Cheney and CUNA Board Cairman Harriet May also particpated in the race day events.

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