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Cherry Blossom Run kicks off with CUNA help
Click for slide showCUNA's Dan Mica holds up a flyer promoting a Baghdad, Iraq, "Cherry Blossom Run" being held in the Iraqi capital the same day at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run. The flyer was sent to Mica by a U.S. Navy officer attached to the U.S. Army and serving in the Iraqi capital. Mica, while still a Member of Congress, appointed the officer to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985. The Baghdad run is being called the "Combat Zone Counterpart" to the Washington, D.C. race. Mica noted the Baghdad event during a check presentation press conference Friday at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., honoring the amount of funds raised by this year's Cherry Blossom Race.
WASHINGTON (4/6/09)--Distributing T-shirts Senate offices and praising the work of the credit union organizers of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run were two ways on Friday that CUNA helped kick off the race, which coursed through the streets of Washington on Sunday. A team of CUNA staff members picked up T-shirts at U.S. Senate FCU and distributed one to each Senate office. The T-shirts promoted the “Capitol Hill Competition” of the Cherry Blossom Race--a “race within a race” for members and staff of the Congress. CUNA sponsors the competition with U.S. Senate FCU, Wright Patman Congressional FCU and the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. Meanwhile, also on Friday, CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica, along with CUNA Chairman Kris Mecham, attended the annual “kickoff press conference” for the Cherry Blossom Run at Children’s Hospital of Washington, D.C. Proceeds from funds raised by credit union organizers benefit Children’s Miracle Network, which in turn benefits Childrens’ Hospitals across the nation. In his remarks, Mica noted the vital role that the Cherry Blossom Race plays in supporting Childrens’ Hospitals, and praised the work of Credit Union Miracle Day, the credit union group that organizes fundraising. Mica also noted that the Cherry Blossom Race is receiving attention well beyond Washington. Holding up a promotional flyer, Mica told the group a “concurrent Cherry Blossom Run” was held on Sunday in Baghdad, Iraq. The flyer was sent to Mica by a U.S. Navy officer attached to the U.S. Army and serving in the Iraqi capital. Mica, while still a member of Congress, appointed the officer to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985. The Baghdad run is being called the “Combat Zone Counterpart” to the Washington, D.C. race. The Cherry Blossom Run annually draws up to 13,000 runners; about 75% of the 1,500 volunteers who help run the race are credit union staff or volunteers. CUNA also sends a team of volunteers to help at the race.


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