Minnesota Credit Union Foundation hosts second annual Financial Literacy 5K event

BLOOMINGTON, MN (July 21, 2015) — Over 200 financial education supporters participated in the second annual Minnesota Credit Union Foundation (MnCUF) Financial Literacy 5K on Saturday, July 11. The event was held at Lake Normandale in Bloomington and featured a walk/run for adults, as well as a half-mile fun run for kids.

5k-Logo-Black“The Financial Literacy 5K raises awareness about the need for Minnesotans of all ages to increase their financial management skills,” said Kathy Harrington, Heartland Credit Union President/CEO and Secretary of the MnCUF Board of Directors. “Today’s strong turnout highlights the credit union mission of people helping people and shows the key role that credit unions play in helping their members and communities thrive.”

Powered by soleMOTION Race Management, the event included awards for first place male and female finishers overall, and the top three male and female finishers in six age categories. First place overall male and female winners were Anthony Fransen from Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, and Abby Nelson from Hiway Federal Credit Union. Credit unions and other organizations that registered five or more Financial Literacy 5K participants were also eligible to compete for the team award based on an average of all team participants’ finishing times.

“We’re very pleased with the continuing success of the 5K, and I want to thank all of the credit unions, financial education organizations and supporters who took part – whether by volunteering or by racing – in today’s race,” said Lyndsay Miller, MnCUF Executive Director. “Credit unions across the state constantly dedicate time and energy to financial education, and the Foundation is proud to support their efforts through proceeds from the 5K event.”

With a strong commitment to financial education, MnCUF is an organization dedicated to providing the resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive. In 2013, the Foundation launched its Financial Education Grant Program and an ongoing budgetary commitment to financial education. The Foundation dedicates 50 percent of its annual budget to Financial Education Grants that positively impact credit union members and communities. The Foundation also works through its committees – Minnesota Credit Unions for Kids and the Family Involvement Council – to support the local Gillette Children’s Hospital and college scholarships for credit union members.

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