Congressional staffers and interns who wish to run in this year’s Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run on Sunday, April 7, can register for the race beginning at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1. Registration for Hill staffers is separate from the regular race lottery and will be open through Feb. 28. Eligible runners can register at www.CongressionalFCU.org/
The Capitol Hill Competition is the race within the larger Cherry Blossom Run. House and Senate congressional offices can form teams and compete for the prestigious Capitol Hill Cup. The team with the fastest combined race times has its team name etched on the trophy, which is displayed in that team’s congressional office until a new winner is declared.
Over 900 Capitol Hill staffers took part in last year’s Capitol Hill Competition‚ with 43 Senate teams and 37 House teams. Top team honors went to the “Too Extreme for Colorado” team from the office of Sen. Michael Bennet.
The five runners who make up the winning team also receive personal plaques in recognition of their individual race times, as do the two runner-up teams (one from the House and one from the Senate). Other awards are given to the team with the best name and to individual runners with the fastest time in both the male and female category.
The Capitol Hill Competition is cosponsored by Congressional Federal Credit Union and the United States Senate Federal Credit Union. Congressional Federal President and CEO Charles A. Mallon Jr. says his goal is to have over 1,000 Capitol Hill runners in 2013.
Mallon serves on the board of directors of Credit Union Miracle Day Inc., the group that sponsors the Cherry Blossom Run and raises money for 170 children’s hospitals around the country through the Children’s Miracle Network.
“Competition among Hill offices is always spirited, as you might expect,” says Mallon, “but the funds raised and the publicity we receive are all for a good cause—helping children who might not otherwise get the medical care they need.”
Last year, the credit unions raised over $500,000 for children’s hospitals, and since 2001 they have raised over $5.5 million.