Klobuchar office wins Cherry Blossom race

Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-Minn.) “Minnesota Nice and Fast” team was the fastest congressional office in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Capitol Hill Competition.

Klobuchar’s team beat 64 other House and Senate offices competing for the honor.

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The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run Capitol Hill Competition is an annual race sponsored by the Congressional Federal Credit Union and the United States Senate Federal Credit Union to fundraise for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The “White Cheddar Shredders” representing Rep. Peter Welch’s (D-Vt.) office came in second, closely followed by defending champions “Red, White and Blumenauer” representing Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).

The second fastest Senate team was “Carper Diem,” from the office of Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). Carper’s office came in fourth overall.  

A record 230 Members of Congress served as Honorary Race Chairs, including Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). More than 1,000 staffers made the ten-mile dash individually or in teams.

The fastest female runner was Kerry Allen, a member of Sen. Klochbuchar’s team, who ran the course in 1:00:44. Evan Jurkovich, representing Rep. David Loebsack (D-Iowa), was the fastest man with a time of 52:09.

Two teams were given the distinction of the cleverest team names: Sen. Mazie Hirono’s (D-Hawaii) “A-Mazie-ing Race” and Rep. Scott Peters’ (D-Calif.) “Peters Speeders.”

The Hill was among the sponsors for the event.