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Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run Top Achievers Receive Awards

Wed, Jun 28, 2017

Credit Union Miracle Day (CUMD), the title sponsor group of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, recently presented awards to the top credit union running team, fastest credit union runners, most spirited volunteer team and top fundraisers.

  • The winner of the Credit Union Cup, for the fastest team time, was “NASA FCU FIRE.” The credit union has won the cup a record six times. CEO Doug Allman and Chair John Sissala accepted the trophy.
  • The fastest credit union female was Megan Merryman of Interior FCU with a time of 1:07:57. The credit union’s board member, Monica Taylor-Lane accepted the award on her behalf.
  • The fastest credit union male was Sebi Devlin-Foltz of FRB FCU with a time of 57:25. His award was presented to CEO Pauline Dunbar-Berens and the Chair at the credit union’s recent annual meeting.
  • The Most Spirited Volunteer Team Award went to PenFed Credit Union at water stop Charlie and Echo. The race organizers chose the team for its flexibility and enthusiasm. The award was presented to volunteer coordinator Laurie Horstmann.

There are two award categories for fundraising. The first is the most raised in the credit union Organization Donation Challenge which was won by:

  • Department of Labor FCU at 49 cents per member. CEO Joan Moran accepted the award.

The other fundraising award is the most raised in the Member Donation Challenge, which resulted in a tie:

  • Constellation FCU at 45 cents per member. CEO Bobby Josephson and Anne Katzer accepted the award.

And,

  • The Partnership FCU at 45 cents per member. Robin Scott received the award.

Officials presenting the awards included Theresa Mann, CEO of The Partnership FCU and CUMD Chair; John Bratsakis, CEO of the MD|DC Credit Union Association and CUMD Vice Chair; Jan Roche, CEO of State Department FCU and CUMD Treasurer; and Phil Stewart, the Race Director.

In the 16 years credit unions have been title sponsors of the Run, over $8 million has been donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNHs) nationwide. CUNA Mutual Group and PSCU serve as co-lead partners with CUMD.

The April 2 race yielded many positive results:

  • 199 Members of Congress from 44 states signed on in support of the race
  • A growing number of CUs supported the cause – 70 total
  • $580,485 was donated to CMNHs
  • 16,000 runners participated in the 10 miler; 2,000 walkers and runners participated in the 5K
  • The Kids’ Run had 360 participants and parents, many of whom made donations to CMNHs
  • Over 500 volunteers helped on race weekend

Next year’s race is on April 8. 

About Credit Union Miracle Day

Credit Union Miracle Day is a partnership of credit unions, CUSOs and partner organizations united to sponsor a Family of Races benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals under the umbrella of Credit Unions for Kids. The Family of Races includes the April 2, 2017 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C., the April 2, 2017 Credit Union SacTown Run in Sacramento, California, and two Freedom Runs for our troops overseas. For more information, visit www.miracleday.org.

About the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile

The Credit Union Cherry Blossom is known as "The Runner's Rite of Spring" in the Nation's Capital. The staging area for the event is on the Washington Monument Grounds and the course passes in sight of all of the major Washington, DC Memorials. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a consortium of 170 premier children's hospitals across North America. About one-third of the funds raised support Washington, DC's own Children's National. The event also funds two $5,000 Road Runners Club of America "Roads Scholar" grants designed to support up-and-coming U.S. distance running talent. 

The event is a proud member of the PRRO Circuit (www.PRRO.org), a series of non-marathon prize money circuit with events in Utica, NY, Tampa, FL, Washington, DC, Spokane, WA and Pittsburgh, PA. The circuit is committed to a drug-free sport and funds USADA to conduct drug testing at all circuit events.