Running for what matters most

On April 3, I ran the Credit Union SACTOWN 5K and joined approximately 17,000 runners from coast-to-coast participating in credit union road races to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Since 2009, CUNA Mutual Group has donated more than $425,000 to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by participating in the Credit Union SACTOWN Run in Sacramento, Calif. and the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. We send teams of employees to join the army of credit union movement road warriors to show our spirit in solidarity.

It was a fantastic weekend in Sacramento. It started with a sponsor dinner on Saturday night, where I was challenged to see children’s hospitals in a new light. Now, every time I pass a hospital building, I’ll reflect on the journey – the race – that the children within the hospital face each and every day.

Credit Union SACTOWN Run Packet Pick-Up

On race day, I attended the “Miracle Mile” children’s run, which was one of the most meaningful parts of the weekend. Hundreds of kids ran together to support the ability for children just like them to live a healthy and full life. I then participated in the 5K race with my teammates from CUNA Mutual Group. Inspired by kids and credit unions, I pushed myself and finished in 3rd place for my age group.

People Helping People

Participating in this race was just another day in the life of a credit union advocate. I run to stay fit, to stay connected to my San Francisco community and to maintain a clear mind. Staying active helps me focus on my day-to-day service to credit unions.

I’ve been a part of the credit union movement for 13 years and am very passionate about our “people helping people” mission. As a lending protection manager for CUNA Mutual Group, I help credit unions find new ways to protect the financial futures of members and families in their communities.

I’m a true believer that credit unions are structured with a relentless focus on serving the best interests of the families in their communities. Participating in an event that advocates keeping kids healthy is another way for all of us to stand for what matters most: people.

Want to get involved? It’s not too late. Your support helps provide 32 million patient visits for the 10 million kids served by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals every year. Learn more and donate today. Your support is greatly appreciated, and 100 percent of the funds donated will go to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Together we can make a difference. Thank you!

Credit Union SACTOWN Run

Richard Walter

Richard Walter

Richard Walter works for CUNA Mutual Group’s Lender Development Program as a lending protection manager and partners with credit unions to help them with their payment protection products. He ... Web: Details