Male and female winners made history, and credit unions presented a check for $323,000 to Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals Sunday morning at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. This year marked the 49and running of the event, dubbed the “Runner’s Rite of Spring”.
“Credit Unions are proud to partner with the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run and support the incredible work done by Children’s Miracle Network hospitals on Credit Union Miracle Day,” said Jim Nussle, president and CEO of the leadership of the CUNA. “
The male winner, Kenyan Nicholas Kosimbei, equaled the course record set in 2012 with a time of 45:15. Female winner Susanna Sullivan, a resident of Reston, Va., became the first local runner to win the race since 1983.
Brad Green, President and CEO of Listerhill CU and outgoing Chairman of the CUNA Board of Directors, held the finish line as the winners crossed.
Credit unions have raised nearly $10 million for CMN hospitals over the past 20 years. Credit unions are CMN’s fifth largest annual fundraiser and third largest total donor.
“This race isn’t just a race, it’s an example of people helping others, which is the credit union’s motto,” said John Bratsakis, president and CEO of Maryland|DC Credit. Union Association, which greeted the runners from the start line. Sunday morning.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland also addressed participants before running the race herself. Members of Congress showing up Sunday include Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., and Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., Dr. Greg Murphy, RN.C., and Jay Obernolte, R-Calif.
CUNA and Credit Unions kicked off race weekend Friday as runners picked up their packs.
“This event is a natural extension of the credit unions’ commitment to Ffinancial well-being for all,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA Advocacy Director.
Tim Anderson, President/CEO of US Senate Race Sponsor FCU, shared his own personal experiences with CMN Hospitals. Her granddaughter started losing weight rapidly and no specialist could diagnose her until they arrived at CMN hospitals. Now she is thriving with a child of her own.
“We are so grateful to have been taken to CMN hospitals,” Anderson said. “Whenever there’s a way to support them, I’m in.”
Montez Hairston, acting CEO of Congressional FCU, another main sponsor, said any support for an event like the race should be applauded.
“All proceeds raised go directly to supporting the children and their future,” he said.
Additional information about credit union support for CMN hospitals is available at cu4kids.org.