Credit Union Cherry Blossom Virtual Run Provides National Cherry Blossom Festival Participants with a Chance to Earn a Medal and a T-shirt WhileRunning or Walking through the Blossoms – Anywhere
Dates of Fourth Annual VirtualRun coincide with the dates of the
NationalCherryBlossomFestival, March20 – April16, 2023.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2023, Washington, DC: The organizers of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile and 5K are once again partnering with the National Cherry Blossom Festival to present the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Virtual Run as a highlight of the month long National Cherry Blossom Festival in our Nation’s Capital . Throughout theentire 29 day span of the Festival March 20 through April 16 Festival participants and cherry blossom lovers across the country and around the world are encouraged to enjoy the arboreal beauty of the trees and celebrate springtime while running or walking 10 miles or 5K.
Event Director Phil Stewart said: “Although entry into our in-person 10mile and 5K runs is closed, people anywhere can take part in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Virtual Run. It’s easy and it’s fun. Register, run(or walk) and reap a handsome t-shirt and a medal while viewing blossoms in Washington, DC or in your hometown. Those doing their run or walk in town on Sunday morning, April 2 are encouraged to stop by the Washington Monument Grounds at 7:30 a.m. to watch the 50*’’Annual in-person 10 Mile Run where elite men and women compete for a total of$119,000 in prize money and record bonuses.”
The entry fee for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Virtual Run is $40($75 for international participants), and all registrants receive a VirtualRun t-shirt and a medal, which will be mailed to them by June 1. Registration remains open through April 10 and can be accessed here.
Here are some unique features of the 4th Annual CreditUnion Cherry Blossom VirtualRun:
● Everyone can do it. The Virtual Run is open to everyone. Dogs, too. There are no entry limits and no time limits.
● It can be run anywhere. Of course, runners are encouraged to do their virtual run in and around our Nation’s Capital during this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival. But runners who live elsewhere are welcome to do so. In conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, virtual run organizers will provide a map showing prime cherry blossom viewing areas in the Washington,DC Metropolitan area.
● It’s all about the pictures. The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Virtual Run will conduct a number of photo contests over the course of the race period.Participants will be encouraged to share photos of springtime blooms along their favorite course, or photos of their running group.There will even be a contest for favorite furry friends and training partners.
● Results will be posted. Those who wish to see how they stack up with other Virtual Run participants can upload their performances into our VirtualRun results platform. Registrants can set up teams in a special team competition division. Special recognition is given to both the fast and largest teams..
● All the necessary details are available here.
Both the virtual and in-person editions of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile and 5K serve as vital fundraising opportunities for Children’s Miracle Network – our official charity partner.
Thanks to Credit Union Miracle Day’s title sponsorship since 2002, the Credit Union CherryBlossom Run has raised over $10.2 million for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including $323,000 in 2022.
About Credit Union Cherry Blossom:
The CreditUnion Cherry Blossom races, organized by Cherry Blossom,Inc.,a 501c(3) chapter of the Road Runners Club of America, are known as “The Runner’s Rite of Spring®” in the Nation’s Capital. The staging area for Sunday’s 10 Mile is on the Washington Monument Grounds, and the course passes in sight of all of the major Washington, DC Memorials. In 2023, the reimagined Saturday 5K will stage on Freedom Plaza and traverse the route of Presidential Inaugurations down PennsylvaniaAvenue before crossing the National Mall in the shadow of the Capitol Building and returning by the same route.The Kids Run is staged on the grounds of the National Building Museum. All events serve 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 the Road Runners Club of America’s “Roads Scholar” program designed to support up-and-coming U.S. distance running talent.
Credit Union Miracle Day, Inc., a consortium of credit unions and credit union suppliers, is the title sponsor of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile,5K, Kids Run and Virtual Run. Current presenting sponsors include ASICS, REl Co-op and Wegmans; supporting sponsors include CACI, Co-op Solutions, CUNA Mutual Group, Finisher Pix, Guayaki, MedStar Health, Mo Apartments, PSCU, Potomac River Running, Gatorade Endurance, Suburban Solutions and UPS.
The 10 Mile is a proud member of the PRRO Circuit (PRRO.org) a series of this country’s classic non-marathon prize money road races with circuit stops in Washington, DC; Spokane,WA; andUtica,NY. The 2023 10 Mile will serve as the 2022-2023 PRRO Championship.
In addition to being sanctioned by USA Track & Field and the Road Runners Club of America, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom races have 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, visitwww.cherrvblossom.org and follow the event on social media @CUCB and #CUCB2023.
About the National Cherry Blossom Festival:
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the world’s great celebrations of spring. The 2023 Festival, March 20-April 16, includes four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.Leadership Circle Sponsors for the 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival are EventsDC and Amazon.
Add the 2023 Festival dates and signature event dates to your calendar, and visit National Cherry Blossom Festival.org or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information. Get the latest updates via email, and be sure to follow the Festival on Facebook (@CherryBlossomFestival), Instagram (@CherryBlossFest), Twitter (@CherryBlossFest) and YouTube (@CherryBlossFest).
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 races,promoting awareness ofthe credit union difference and benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide.
About America’s Credit Unions:
Credit unions are financial cooperatives that 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, and low or no-fee products and services.The credit union philosophy of placing members’ needs first is why more than 131 million Americans do their banking at a credit union.