Ready to run among the cherry blossoms; raise funds for children

The 43rd running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run will take place Sunday, April 12, starting at 7:30 a.m. on the Washington Monument Grounds, Washington, D.C. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a consortium of 170 premier children’s hospitals across North America. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is an alliance of premier children’s hospitals which treat 10 million critically ill children annually, regardless of their ability to pay.

Founded in 1973 originally as a precursor training run for local runners planning to compete in the Boston Marathon, the race has evolved over the years into the annual “Runners’ Rite of Spring” for over 15,000 runners of all abilities from all 50 states. More than half of those 15,000 runners are already credit union members, and for the rest, this race is a wonderful introduction to the power of the credit union movement. Since credit unions became the title sponsors in 2002, over $7 million has been donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide. Every dollar raised by credit unions across the nation goes directly to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

This year’s efforts raised $525,852 and of that amount, nearly $100,000 was raised from runners, their families and friends. Credit Union Miracle Day is the charitable organization comprised of credit unions and affiliates dedicated to raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and to raising awareness of the credit union difference. They will be presenting a check for this amount on race morning.

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