Children's Hospitals Win Annual CURace

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WASHINGTON - (04/05/05) -- The Children's Miracle Networkbenefiting the nations children's hospitals won big from Sunday'sthird annual CU Cherry Blossom Run through 10 miles of the nation'sCapital, with $425,000 raised for credit union's pet charity. Morethan 10,000 runners, many of them prominent politicians orinfluential Capitol Hill staffers, coursed through the streets ofWashington, D.C., bearing the credit union logo. Credit unions havehelped raise more than $1 million for CMN during the three years ofsponsorship. "Everybody was pleased how it went this year. We hadgreat participation form area credit unions and credit unionvolunteers," Mark Wolff, chief spokesman for CUNA, told The CreditUnion Journal, of the dozens of volunteers helping out at the raceor participating in the weekend's other events, like the silentfundraising auction and banquet to start the festivities. Thisyear's winners, Kenyan John Korir, and Rumanian Nuta Olaru, eachtook home $6,000 prizes. The road race has raised more than $1million for CMN since credit unions took over sponsorship threeyears ago. Credit unions raised more than $7 million for CMN lastyear.

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