Official 2020 Race T-shirt Unveiled, Race Ambassadors Introduced At Fall Kickoff Reception Presented by MedStar Health
November 26, 2019, Washington, DC: With the opening of the entry lottery period just days away, organizers of the 48th running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk, known as "the Runner's Rite of SpringŪ" in the Nation's Capital, have established the following lottery entry procedures for entry into the April 5, 2020 event:
Applications for the lottery to enter the 2020 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk will be accepted starting at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, December 1 through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, December 12 on the event website, www.CherryBlossom.org. The status of all lottery registrants - whether accepted or not - will be posted on the event website by 10 a.m. on Monday, December 16. All individuals who entered the lottery for the 2019 race - whether accepted or not - will receive an email reminder directly from event organizers about the opening of the lottery. Others are encouraged to visit the event's website on or before December 1 for complete details.
Runners can bypass the entry lottery by registering to become a Charity Race Entry Participant; Charity Race Entry Participants receive a guaranteed entry code that serves as a lottery exemption by raising a minimum of $500 by February 15, 2020, for the official race charity Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. These codes can be used to enter the race until February 29, 2020. More information about the opportunity to become a Charity Race Entry Participant is available here.
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Half-Mile Kids' Run will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020, the day before the Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk, and will start and finish at the National Building Museum, site of the event's Health and Fitness Expo. Registration for the non-competitive, fun run for kids ages 4 - 10 will be limited to the first 500 to register - Kids' Run registration will open on January 6, 2020 and the entry fee is $10.00, which includes a t-shirt; all finishers will receive a medal.
This year's Credit Union Cherry Blossom Fall Kickoff Reception, presented by MedStar Health, was held on Thursday evening, November 14 at the State Room Bar in Washington, DC. The evening's festivities included a raffle for 25 lottery exemptions for the 2020 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, voting for the 2020 race t-shirt color (midnight blue was the winner) and a drawing for free pairs of running shoes from the event's newest sponsor, ASICS.
The 2020 Race Ambassadors were also introduced at the Fall Kickoff Reception. These individuals will be telling the world all about their race experiences on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their blogs: Kristen Byers, Colleen Dahlem, Jina Freiberg and Brian Kapur.
The 2019 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run marked the 18th year of title sponsorship by Credit Union Miracle Day. Since 2002, over $9.5 million has been raised for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals including $400,000 from the 2019 race.
About the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, organized by Cherry Blossom, Inc., a 501c(3) chapter of the Road Runners Club of America, is known as "The Runner's Rite of SpringŪ" 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 ("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 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run is also part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, "America's Greatest Springtime Celebration."
Credit Union Miracle Day, Inc., a consortium of credit unions and credit union suppliers in partnership with CUNA Mutual Group, PSCU and CO-OP Financial Services, is the title sponsor of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, 5K Run-Walk and Kids' Run. Presenting sponsors include ASICS, the official shoe and apparel sponsor; Garmin, the presenting technology sponsor; Gold's Gym, presenting sponsor of the race pace groups; and MedStar Health, presenting sponsor of the Fall Kickoff Reception. Supporting sponsors include E-Trade, Gatorade, Honey Stinger, Mamma Lucia, Potomac River Running, Suburban Solutions and UPS.
The event is a proud member of the PRRO Circuit (PRRO.org), a series of major non-marathon prize money road races in Tampa, FL; Washington, DC; Spokane, WA; and Utica, NY. The circuit is committed to a drug-free sport and funds drug testing at all circuit events in compliance with the standards of international and U.S. drug testing authorities.
In addition to being sanctioned by USA Track & Field and the Road Runners Club of America, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run has earned Gold Level Inspire Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport in recognition of its legacy of commitment to sustainability and thoughtful resource management. To learn more, visit CherryBlossom.org and follow the event on social media @CUCB and #CUCB2020.
About Credit Union Miracle Day
Credit Union Miracle Day is a partnership of over 100 credit unions, CUSOs and partner organizations united to sponsor the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run promoting awareness of the credit union difference and benefitting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide.
About America's Credit Unions
Credit unions provide consumers choices for financial services such as checking accounts, investments and loans of all kinds including mortgages. Funds are federally insured, but unlike banks, there are no stockholders at credit unions. Earnings are returned to member-owners in the form of lower loan rates, higher savings rates, low or no-fee products and services. The credit union philosophy of placing members' needs first is why more than 115 million Americans do their banking at one of America's 5,500 credit unions. Credit unions are for everyone - no matter where you live, there is a credit union to meet your needs.
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