CUs celebrate 17 years of race title sponsorship and bring congressional offices together to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

WASHINGTON, DC (April 2, 2018) — Credit Union Miracle Day will be presenting a $380,000 donation to its charity of choice, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) on April 8, the date of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run®.

Since credit unions became the title sponsors in 2002, more than $8 million has been donated to CMNHs nationwide.

As of today, 211 Members of Congress have signed on to be honorary race chairs of the event representing 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rice, American Samoa, and Guam.

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

The 46th running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run will take place Sunday, April 8, starting at 7:30 a.m. on the Washington Monument Grounds, Washington, D.C. Known as the “Runner’s Rite of Spring,” the race course is a fast, flat route around the iconic memorials in the nation’s capital. The race is on the “bucket list” of things to do in Washington, D.C. according to the Washingtonian Magazine. There is also a 5K Walk-Run on April 8, and a Kids’ Run on April 7.

More than 600 Congressional staffers are running – not for office – but to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) through their participation in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run this year. Fifty-five teams of House and Senate staffers will engage in a spirited and friendly Capitol Hill Competition, sponsored by the Congressional Federal Credit Union and United States Senate Federal Credit Union, as part of the larger run. The team with the best race time wins the Capitol Hill Cup to display in its office until the next year’s race. More than 200 members of Congress from 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and Guam are serving as Honorary Co-chairs this year.

The check will be presented at a kick-off press conference at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, in Room HVC 201 in the Capitol Visitor Center. A patient family will be on hand to receive the check, along with representatives from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Children’s National in D.C., a CMNH affiliate, will be hosting a tour for credit union officials of the hospital on Friday, April 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The check will also be presented at the Saturday, April 1 Kids’Run at the National Building Museum in D.C. Dr. Bear from Children’s National will greet the patient family and hundreds of kids, ages 4 – 10, who are participating in the ½ mile fun run. Activities begin around 8:00 a.m. with field day activities, and the first age-group wave goes off at 9:30 a.m.

About Credit Union Miracle Day

Credit Union Miracle Day, Inc. is a 501c3 organization founded in 2001 as a consortium of credit unions dedicated to showcasing the difference credit unions make in their communities nationwide through support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Nationwide, credit unions are the 3rd largest fundraisers for CMN Hospitals further demonstrating their strong commitment to their communities and underscoring the positive impact that credit unions make to consumers. To learn more about Credit Union Miracle Day, visit

About the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile

The Credit Union Cherry Blossom, sponsored by Credit Union Miracle Day, Inc, in partnership with co-lead partners, CUNA Mutual Group and PSCU, 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 Medical Center (“Children’s Hospital”). 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 (, a five-race 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 Clearidium to conduct drug testing in compliance with IAAF standards at all circuit events.


Leigh Philibosian
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