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