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STEPHEN SAMBU OF KENYA TAKES TOP HONORS AT
THE 2015 CREDIT UNION CHERRY BLOSSOM 10 MILE RUN
CLAY SHAW PHOTO

Short Course Unable to Slow Sambu, Wacera;
Riley Captures Second American Status at CUCB

BY GEORGE BANKER

WASHINGTON, DC--The weather in April in the Capital can be unpredictable. One year there was strong winds and colder temperatures. On Sunday, April 12, the weather was picture perfect, which was ideal for the thousands of tourists to visit the city. The main attraction was the Cherry Blossom trees which lined the Tidal Basin around the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

The timing of the blossoms coincided with the 43rd Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run. The annual event is considered the Rite of Spring as the Washington area opens the racing season.

The race benefited the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The donation for 2015 totaled $525,852. In the 43-year history there have been only been eight sponsors with the Credit Union Miracle Day in its fourteenth year.

The Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile run is rich in history and has the site of some the most impressive 10-mile times along some the nation's talented athletes. In 1983 Greg Meyer set the then World Record at 46:13, which remains the American and the race record. During the event, Meyer opened with a 4:39 mile, and halfway through on the rain soaked course Meyer took a fall but recovered quickly.

The late (April 12, 2013) Hedy Marque of Alexandria, VA, is the holder of the age group records 70-74 (1:22:58), 75-79 (1:25:40), 80-84 (1:31:24), and 85-89 (1:57:38). Marque was inducted into the USATF Masters’ Hall of Fame in 2012.

The oldest age-group record holder is the late Ruth Rothfarb, age group 90-94 (3:27:30).



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