washington d.c. – March 18, 2020 – Race organizers at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run – The Runners’ Rite of Spring® for 47 years – announced Saturday the cancellation of all race weekend activities, March 3-5 April, including the Health and Fitness Expo, Kids’ Run, 10 Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk. They announced preliminary plans today for a free virtual race, the details of which are yet to be determined.
Event Director Phil Stewart said: “We have faced heat, cold and high winds at the event since 1973, but never a broad health threat like the COVID-19 virus. 19. The organizing committee remained hopeful that the virus could peak and begin to decline in the three weeks remaining before race day.However, when warnings from federal and local authorities as well as health agencies showed that we were still on the upward slope of the virus, we knew we had to take steps – painful as they were – to minimize our attendees’ exposure to our event.”
The event will offer a full refund to all participants, but encourages participants to donate their entry fee to the race’s official charity, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Event Director Phil Stewart said, “Since 2002, more than $9.5 million has been raised on behalf of 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, including $385,000 from the event of the year. last. contribution to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, although the annual tradition of the race itself will be discontinued this year.”
Stewart added, “If a significant number of runners choose to donate their entry fees, we may be able to cross the $10 million mark.”
The email sent to all registered runners on Saturday outlined three options participants could choose from: 1) donating their entry fee to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, 2) getting a full refund of their entry fee. entry, or 3) offer guaranteed entry (lottery exemption) into the 2021 event and no refund of the 2020 entry fee.
The registration process for next year’s event, scheduled for April 11, 2021 (one week later than usual due to Easter falling on the first Sunday in April), will be conducted by lottery scheduled for April 1 to December 12. Riders choosing one of the first two options described above will need to enter the lottery and pay the 2021 entry fee.
Riders choosing the guaranteed entry option will also be required to pay the 2021 entry fee but will not need to enter the lottery. Runners will have until April 15 at 11:59 p.m. to make their choice via an online form that will be made available to runners in the coming days. With more guaranteed entry codes available through this process, Stewart anticipates that fewer slots will be available through the lottery itself, which he suggests runners keep in mind when making their choices.
In recognition of the countless miles logged by 16,000 registered runners in the 10-mile and 2,000 in the 5K Run-Walk, organizers will host a free virtual race for runners to celebrate all the preparation they have done in preparation for the race. Stewart said, “Over 12,000 people signed up for free training programs hosted by Coach Kirt West and Runcoach, and we wanted to give them the opportunity to celebrate and complete their training.” Details of the virtual race will be published on www.cherryblossom.org.
About Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Credit Union
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 Spring®” in the nation’s capital. The staging area for the event is on the Washington Monument Grounds and the course passes within sight of all of the major memorials in Washington, DC. The event serves as a fundraiser for the hospitals of the Children’s Miracle Network, a consortium of 170 leading children’s hospitals in North America. About a third of the funds raised go to the Children’s National (“Children’s Hospital”) in Washington, DC. The event also funds two $5,000 Road Runners Club of America “Roads Scholar” scholarships designed to support up-and-coming American distance running talent.
The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Run is also part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, “America’s Biggest Springtime Celebration.”
Credit Union Miracle Day, Inc., a consortium of credit unions and credit union providers in partnership with CUNA Mutual Group, PCSU and CO-OP Financial Services, is the title sponsor of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run , 5K Run-Walk and Kids Run. Sponsors in attendance include ASICS, the Official Footwear and Apparel Sponsor; Garmin, the presenting technology sponsor; Gold’s Gym, Presenting Sponsor of Race Pace Groups; and Med Star Health, presenting sponsor of the fall kick-off 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 major non-marathon road race series in Tampa, Florida; Washington D.C.; Spokane, WA; and Utica, NY. The Tour is committed to doping-free sport and funds doping testing at all Tour events in accordance with the standards of international and US doping 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 achieved Gold Level Inspire certification from the Council for Responsible Sport in recognition of its legacy of commitment to sustainability and thoughtful management of resources. To learn more, visit www.CherryBlossom.org and follow the event on social networks @CUCB and #CUCB2020.
About Credit Union Miracle Day
Credit Union Miracle Day is a partnership of more than 100 credit unions, CUSOs and partner organizations united to sponsor the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run promoting the credit union difference and benefiting Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the country. national scale.
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