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Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run Awarded Silver Certification

Washington, DC—In a joint announcement today, organizers of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and the Council for Responsible Sport celebrated the race’s second silver certification for its socially and environmentally responsible event production practices at the 2013 event. The Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run first earned silver certification from the Council in 2011. Certification takes place every two years.

“In the fall of 2009, the race committee made a formal commitment to take a year-by-year approach to producing a more environmentally and socially responsible event,” said Phil Stewart, Event Director of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run, “and I am very proud of the progress we have made. There is much more we can do, however, and for this year’s event we’ve enlarged our green team from one volunteer champion to a group of five volunteers; they’ve got gold certification from the Council in their sights.”

Keith Peters, Executive Director of the Council for Responsible Sport, added: “It has been great to see the Credit Union Cherry Blossom team take on bigger and broader challenges every year. One example that benefits the public at large, and not just race participants, is the focus put on reducing and mitigating the carbon footprint associated with participants’ travel to the race. Organizers work with Metro to open stations at 5 am on race day, and encourage those who cannot take advantage of Metro to use bike valet parking or consider purchasing carbon offsets. The net effect is far fewer cars looking for parking downtown during a very busy tourist season.”

This year’s event will serve as the 2014 USA 10 Mile Championships for both men and women, presented by America’s Credit Unions. Scheduled for Sunday, April 6, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run is always a highlight of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which is scheduled to run between March 20 and April 13.

Over 26,000 runners submitted applications to participate in the 2014 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile and 5K Run-Walk, and the list of accepted runners represents all 50 states and 14 foreign countries. With a field limit of 15,000 established by the National Park Service and selected by lottery in December, not everyone who hoped to run will be able to participate in this year’s “Runners Rite of Spring ®”.

Since 2002, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile and 5K Run-Walk have raised over $6 million for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and a significant portion of that sum has been raised by Charity Race entrants.

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