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May 9‚ 2013



It was another incredible year with amazing results — nearly 100 credit unions and 60 business partners united to support the Family of Races. All races were a tremendous success and we donated over $483,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country‚ bringing our 12-year mark to over $6 million in donations to help kids in need! We were proud to be the sponsors‚ in cooperation with the Credit Union Union National Association and the National Association of Federal Credit Unions‚ of the 2013 USA Women’s 10 Mile Championship‚ Presented by America’s Credit Unions‚ and hosted at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

Look for more photos and stories in our 2013 Yearbook due to be published this summer.

Over 160 legislators support the cause

We are grateful for the distinguished support of over 160 Members of Congress from 39 states‚ American Samoa‚ D.C.‚ Guam and Puerto Rico‚ and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray‚ who signed on to be Honorary Race Chairs of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. This includes 23 U.S. Senators. Also‚ four former Members of Congress signed on in support. See latest list here.


APRIL 6‚ 2014


Two Freedom Runs help raise the spirit of our troops

The Freedom Ten Mile Run at Camp Arifjan‚ Kuwait‚ sponsored by the Defense Credit Union Council Overseas Subcouncil‚ started at 6 a.m. on April 7. Via satellite, Arty Arteaga of the Defense Credit Union Council and Robert Speer, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of The Army FM&C‚ passed their best wishes to the nearly 400 troops‚ civilians‚ and contractors who were queued-up and anxious to run. There were not many blossoms in Kuwait‚ but there was plenty of sand‚ wind and heat!

The 2nd Freedom Ten Mile Run at Wiesbaden Army Garrison‚ Germany took place on April 20. It was sponsored by Andrews FCU. There were 277 runners and about 45 parents and kids at the Run‚ an increase of over 100 from last year.

CW2 Louise C. Lingenfelser‚ daughter of Louise P. Lingenfelser‚ CEO of ClearChoice FCU‚ ran in the Kuwait Run. Louise is a Chief Warrant Officer in the Army National Guard and is stationed in Kuwait for one year. As a lifelong member of a credit union, she wanted to show her appreciation for credit unions and support of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Congratulations‚ Louise‚ for participating in the run‚ and we thank you for your service to our country.


All were winners on a fun-packed‚ exciting race weekend

“We are very pleased with the tremendous participation from credit unions‚ from their fundraising and sending volunteers to the hospital and the race‚ to purchasing mile markers and donating Expo gifts‚” said Cherry Blossom Race Committee Chairman Charlie Mallon‚ President/CEO of Congressional FCU. “We appreciate the high level of support from Congress and our dedicated committee members who worked very hard to make this year such as success.”

The Capitol Hill packet pickup sponsored by Congressional and U.S. Senate FCUs on Thursday‚ April 4 at the Capitol Visitor Center was very successful with 700 staffers stopping by. Representatives from sponsoring organizations‚ including CUNA‚ NAFCU‚ and lead partner PSCU‚ participated in the kick-off press conference along with Amanda‚ the Champion Kid from Children’s National Medical Center. The VIP reception that evening at the historic Monocle restaurant was a great networking event for sponsors with a turnout of 50. The event was sponsored by CO-OP Financial Services.

Five credit unions sent volunteers to the Friday Day of Caring at Children’s National Medical Center and gave the kids a break from their medical treatment by painting pigs and making crafts. The credit union booth at the Runners’ Health and Fitness Expo on Friday and Saturday featured sponsor credit union promotional items as gifts for those who made a donation to spin a wheel‚ and a Wine Pull courtesy of the race officials‚ both netting $2‚000 to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Running legends Dick Beardsley and Bill Rodgers and Olympian Janet Bawcom signed autographs next to the booth during the two-day event.

On race day‚ over 15‚000 runners enjoyed the Cherry Blossoms that were just starting to bloom on a picture perfect day, and coffee supplied by the Kenyan Embassy in the credit union sponsor tent. Champion Kids waved to the runners from the announcer’s tower. Runners passed milestone markers along the course that displayed 12 credit union sponsor logos. The 10 miler finish-line tape was proudly held by credit union‚ PSCU and CUNA Mutual officials.

2‚044 finished the 5K walk/run and over 400 kids enjoyed the ½ mile Fun Run.

The race would not be possible without our dedicated credit union volunteers. Over 525 volunteers from credit unions helped at the Expo and on race day as course marshals and at water stops‚ food stations‚ baggage check and other vital stations.

For those at home‚ there was live video streaming of the race with consistent‚ scrolling credit union messaging. See videos here.

The 2013 USA Women’s 10 Mile Championship‚ presented by America’s Credit Unions‚ was a big plus and brought new energy to the already popular running event (see race results below).

Dramatically close finishes define both men’s and women’s races

U.S. Olympian Janet Bawcom ran 10 miles in 53:28 to set the single-sex American record at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. In doing so‚ Bawcom‚ from Flagstaff‚ AZ‚ claimed her third consecutive USA Women’s 10 Mile Championship‚ and led three other American women under the former record time of 54:38‚ set by the late Sally Meyerhoff in the 2009 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

But Bawcom’s record run was certainly not the only story among elite competitors. The finish of the men’s race was initially too close to call; judges ultimately awarded the victory to Kenyan Daniel Salel over countryman and defending champion Allan Kiprono. Salel’s winning time was 46:06‚ well off the course record of 45:15 Kiprono set last year. And in the women’s race‚ Kenyan Caroline Rotich and Ethiopian Belaynesh Oljira broke away from a large group of women over the last three miles of the race‚ with Rotich prevailing for a three second victory in 52:46. Bawcom ended up fourth overall in the women’s race‚ just behind Kenyan Risper Gesawba‚ who ran 53:22.

Congratulations to the top credit union runners‚ most spirited volunteers and fundraisers!

Top CU Running Team — FRB FCU “Cash Us If You Can”
Top CU Male Runner — Dominic Smith‚ FRB FCU
Top CU Female Runner — Andrea Fischione‚ FRB FCU
Most Spirited CU Volunteer Team — NASA FCU
Most Raised in the CU Organizational Donation Challenge — Department of Labor FCU
Most Raised in the CU Member Donation Challenge — Constellation FCU

Thank you runners‚ families and friends for raising over $110‚900

Thank you all for your hard work fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals over the last few months! We raised over $110‚900 in our online fundraising campaign‚ and every penny will go to helping local kids get top quality medical care. Runners also supported the cause at the Fall Kick-Off and Expo Wine Pull.

One of the social runners won a $250 gift certificate to Potomac River Running‚ donated by CUNA Mutual Group‚ for raising an additional $100 between March 26 and April 2. The 1st place fundraising team received 5 guaranteed entries to the 2014 run and the 2nd place team received 3 guaranteed entries.

Thank you for all that you do for the kids. Your hard work truly makes a difference.


Kids’ craft hour‚ press conference and sponsor appreciation luncheon

The 2nd annual Credit Union SacTown Ten-Mile Run increased its number of runners by 50 percent and raised more than $182‚000 in sponsorships‚ directly benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California and Nevada. “We are quickly building momentum in only our second year‚” said SacTown 10 Committee Chairman John Pamer‚ CEO of Diablo Valley FCU. “We saw a significant increase in runners‚ credit union volunteers‚ legislative participation‚ and donations to CMN Hospitals. It was a beautiful day for a fun‚ high-energy‚ healthy event that showcases credit unions to the general public and the Capitol community. Most importantly‚ the difference those who participated helped make for the kids will last long after the banners come down.”

The event kicked off with a craft day and news conference on Friday‚ April 5 at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento‚ CA. At the event‚ California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues President and CEO Diana Dykstra and Pamer presented CMN with a check representing the $483‚000 donation to children’s hospitals. Travis CU and The Golden 1 CU provided piggybanks‚ coloring books‚ and live mascots for the children to enjoy. California Assemblyman Roger Dickinson‚ who represents the 7th Assembly District‚ also spoke at the event.

‘For my daughter Laura’

Nancy Snider (53) ran the CU SacTown Ten-Mile Run to honor her daughter‚ Laura who passed away at age 11 after an Arteriovenous Malformation — an abnormal connection of blood vessels in the brain — ruptured. “SacTown Ten is my way to honor her‚ honor all the doctors that worked so hard‚ the nurses that helped us‚” Snider said. “Just tons of people that were there. It was amazing.” She remembers the overwhelming support her family received from the UC Davis Children’s Hospital staff and the care provided her daughter during a challenging 10 ½-week stay six years ago.

Stockton’s Snider wants to help the effort that raised funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital‚ and wants to make others aware of the seriousness of Arteriovenous Malformation‚ which affects less than 1 percent of the population.

Laura Snider loved ballet‚ piano and running and was blessed with a good sense of humor. And then one day everything changed. “She was a healthy‚ happy little girl‚” said Nancy Snider‚ who then recalled the day Laura developed a terrible headache and began vomiting at school. Snider brought her home and called her doctor around 2 p.m. She made an appointment for 4 p.m.‚ but found her daughter unresponsive by 3:30 p.m.

“I remember her very last words‚” Snider said‚ “She said‚ ‘Oh‚ mommy‚ I’m so dizzy.’ By 3:30 she’d slipped into a coma. Had I gotten her to the hospital two hours earlier‚ it probably would have been a whole different outcome.” Laura Snider was taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton‚ where doctors found a black mass in the back of her brain. She was then airlifted to UC Davis on life support for a long 10 ½-week stay. She was conscious but uncommunicative during her entire stay.

Nancy and her husband Eddy then made the difficult decision to remove the feeding tube and let their daughter go. “She was just never going to recover‚” Snider said. “They told us she would get worse.” Snider recalled UC Davis staff finding lodging for her and her husband. “Wonderful people there‚ wonderful support‚” she said.

Snider‚ who has two adult sons‚ started running in 2011 and finished her first marathon‚ the California International Marathon‚ in December.

Race day highlights

The CU SacTown Ten-mile Run‚ which included a three-person relay and the first Kids’ Miracle Mile, attracted 1,700 runners including defending champion Tesfaye Alemayehu and Olympian Kim Conley who was preparing for an upcoming track season and hopes to earn a spot on the U.S. World Championship team. Antioch’s Alemayehu and West Sacramento’s Conley both took winning individual titles at the CU SacTown Ten-Mile Run‚ which also serves as USA Track & Field’s Pacific Association 10-Mile Championship.

The race‚ which started and finished at the state Capitol and went through Midtown and East Sacramento‚ also featured two U.S. Masters records. Kevin Castille‚ 41‚ set a new 10-mile mark with a 48:56 effort and Melody-Ann Schultz‚ 71‚ established a 70-74 age-group record with a 1:20:10 performance.

But‚ no one ran faster than Alemayehu‚ “I just took off from the start‚” said the 29-year-old Ethiopian‚ who finished in 47:42. “It’s fast‚ no uphills. It felt very good.” Shadrack Biwott‚ from Eugene‚ Ore.‚ finished second in 48:30‚ with Jameson Mora of Arroyo Grande third in 48:52. “I was with him (Alemayehu) until the last 5 ½ miles‚” Biwott said. “He kind of took off … With three miles left I realized I’m not going to catch him‚ so I just settled in. It’s flat. It’s a really good course. You can fly on this thing.”

Conley‚ a former UC Davis standout who runs for the Sacramento Running Association’s Elite Team‚ cruised to an easy victory with a 56:21 effort. SRA teammates Alia Gray (56:52) and Lauren Jimison (56:56) completed a top-three sweep. “It went really well‚” Conley said. “It got a little bit hard around mile 7 … but near the end it felt good again. I loved the support from everybody on the road. I felt a lot of love from Sacramento.” Conley‚ 27‚ captivated the track world last June with a stirring‚ come-from-behind effort to finish third in the women’s 5‚000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene and earned a trip to the Olympic Games in London.

Castille‚ from Nicholasville‚ KY‚ holds several U.S. Masters records. He easily broke the old 10-mile mark of 49:34 in finishing fourth overall. “Last week I tried to break the 10k record and missed by two seconds in New Orleans‚” he said. “I definitely wasn’t going home two weeks in a row feeling the same way.”

Stockton’s Nancy Snider‚ 53‚ ran the 10-mile race to honor her daughter‚ Laura‚ who died at age 11 after an Arteriovenous Malformation — an abnormal connection of blood vessels in the brain — ruptured.

“The people on the course were wonderful‚” said Snider‚ who finished close to the 1:35 mark. “Each mile represented a week of Laura in the hospital. The last two miles were really rough. I kind of had to run and cry.”

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Congratulations to the Top CU Relay Teams and Legislative Top Team!

Top Legislative Co-Ed Running Team — Team Alejo A-Team Too led by Luis Alejo‚ 1:15:34.6
Top CU Co-Ed Running Team — Dynamic Trio (Travis CU‚ CA) led by Bryan Tuck‚ 1:24.23
Top CU Male Runner Team — Quick Feet (SAFE CU‚ CA) led by Luis Umana‚ 1:37.17
Top CU Female Runner Team — Financial Horizons CU (NV) led by Andrea Cavanaugh‚ 1:44.14
Most Volunteers — Travis Credit Union
Most Raised in Team Donation Challenge — Team Xceed Financial Credit Union

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