WASHINGTON (4/2/14)--Thousands of runners, including more than 900 congressional staffers, are preparing to take to the streets of Washington this weekend for the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten-Mile Run. A total of 231 Members of Congress representing 50 states, American Samoa, the District of Columbia and Guam, have signed on as honorary race chairs.
Shown here: The sun shines on the starting line of the 2013 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. (CUNA Photo)
And, there is good news for Washingtonians and visitors: There is no snow in the forecast!
This is the 13th year that Credit Union Miracle Day (CUMD) is title sponsor group of the race, which is now in its 42nd year. Credit Union Miracle Day is slated to sponsor the race through 2016.
Also maintaining a long-standing tradition, dozens of credit union and Credit Union National Association staff will be on hand the morning of the race to volunteer to keep things "running" smoothly for the race participants. CUNA volunteers will once again show the credit union difference by taking on bag check responsibilities for the Sunday 10-mile run and 5K run/walk event.
More than 160 members of Congress were honorary chairs at last year's event, nearly 800 Capitol Hill staffers participated in the race, and the event was blanketed with credit union volunteers supporting the effort, including a strong contingent from the Credit Union National Association. Four former members of Congress also signed on to be honorary race chairs.
Event Director Phil Stewart hailed the star-studded field, which will include defending champion Janet Bawcom, U.S. Olympians Jen Rhines and Blake Russell, Sara Hall and Lindsey Scherf on the women's side. The men's field is led by Matt Tegenkamp, Mo Trafeh--winner of the Half Marathon and 25K USA Championships in 2013--Christo Landry and Matt Llano.
"The Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run has always featured highly competitive fields, with foreign runners winning the men's and women's races as far back as 1984. There has been a long drought of American winners ... and it's exciting to think that we might see an American runner win the race outright this year," Stewart said.
The runners will compete for a total of $81,800 in prize money, the largest amount awarded at the race. (See resource link for online fundraising.)
Also on Sunday, the third annual Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run will take place at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Nearly 2,000 participants are expected in the event which features a 10-mile race, a three-person relay and a kids' Miracle Mile.
Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07) is the official starter. The 2014 Run serves as the Pacific Association 10-Mile Championship,
A check will be presented at a press conference on Friday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. (PT) at the U.C. Davis Children's Hospital in Sacramento, followed by a CMN Kids Medal Ceremony at 10:35 a.m., and tour of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at 10:45 a.m.