Lawmakers prep for big race on Sunday

Courtesy of Congressional Federal Credit Union

Lawmakers on Thursday attended a media briefing hosted by the Congressional Federal Credit Union in preparation for Sunday's Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

The race will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

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Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), who is one of more than 240 members of Congress who have signed on as honorary race chairs, quoted author Neil Postman: “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.”

McIntyre highlighted the legacy that organizations like Children’s Miracle Network leave. “It’s not just about our effort,” he said, “it’s about something that will make a difference in the future.”

Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.), who has also signed on as an honorary race chair, applauded the success of the Washington race as well as other similar events held throughout the United States.

“Could you imagine if this were a federal government program?” he asked. “This would still be stuck in the Senate.”

The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run is one part of the larger Credit Union Miracle Day, which is sponsored by credit unions nationwide to benefit children’s hospitals in their own area. The money raised through the Washington race — $487,000 this year — will be donated to hospitals in the nation's capital and Maryland.

The check was presented to the Rosenberg family, parents of Brooke.

Brooke Rosenberg was treated and cured of leukemia with the help of Children's Miracle Network. The Rosenbergs represent the organization as its "2014 Champions."

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) expressed his delight “to be a co-chair, and to have staff that’s willing to run.” Staff members from offices in both the House and the Senate have the option to form teams of five to compete for the Capitol Hill Cup, which is awarded to the team with the fastest combined time.

The race will start at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday near the Washington Monument. The Hill is one of the co-sponsors of the event.

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