Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk Capitol Hill Competition

Welcome to the special Congressional  Registration website for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk, Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Although general registration for the race has closed, the United States Senate Federal Credit Union, The Congressional Federal Credit Union, Credit Union National Association (CUNA), and The National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) have arranged for guaranteed entries for members of Congress and Staff (including interns) at the prevailing entry fees. Starting on Friday, February 1, 2019 you will be able to register for the race or set up a team (Team Captains only - team competition is available only in the Ten Mile; there is no team competition in the 5K). Please remember, however, that this site is intended only for Members of Congress and staff.  Please do not circulate this website address. The Congressional registration will remain open until Thursday, February 28 at 11:59 P.M.

Individual Registration

If you will be running as an individual (not as part of a Hill team) in either the 10 Mile Run or 5K Run-Walk, you can click the link below and register any time starting on Friday, February 1 and extending through 11:59 P.M. on Thursday, February 28.

Entry Fees:

Individual Ten Mile entry - $47*
Individual 5K entry - $37*
Congressional Team entry - $20*
* An online service fee will be added to these entry fees.

About the Ten Mile Run

The 10 mile is held on a flat, fast course with five water and aid stations on the course. Entrants must complete the 10 mile in under 2:20:00 net time. The 10 mile will start at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

About the 5K Run-Walk

The 5K Run-Walk is designed for individuals who don't wish to attempt 10 miles, or for walkers and relaxed-pace runners who feel they would take longer than 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete 10 miles. All 5K Run-Walk entrants receive the same amenities as the 10 milers, including the official race t-shirt, their overall times and places in the event, and post-race food and drink. The time limit for the 5K is 65 minutes, or 21 minutes per mile for 3.1 miles.

The 5K Run-Walk is limited to individuals who have pre-registered.

The 5K Run-Walk will begin at 9:00 A.M. on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

The 5K Run-Walk is limited to individuals who pre-register on this site, which you may do anytime from February 1, 2019 until 11:59 P.M. on February 28, 2019.

Capitol Hill Registration
[Register yourself for the Ten Mile Race or 5K Run Walk]
 


Capitol Hill Team Competition

If you will be running on a team in the 10 Mile Run (there is no team competition in the 5K Run-Walk), the registration process consists of two steps.

Step 1:

The Team Captain (who does not have to be running the race and who may set up more than one team) must create the team first. This can be done by clicking on the link below anytime between February 1 and 11:59 P.M. on February 28. All team captains will need to set up new User IDs and passwords this year (those from last year are no longer operative).

The Team Captain will pay a one-time $20 team registration fee (plus service charge) when setting up the team and gives the team a name (there are special awards for the most creative team name). This team fee is paid once when setting up the team. Individuals joining the team pay the $47.00 individual entry fee. If the captain will be running on the team, he or she will have the opportunity to register as an individual affiliated with that team after setting up the team.

Team Setup
 [Set Up a House or Senate Team - TEAM CAPTAINS ONLY!]

Note to Hill Agency Teams: Teams entering from a Capitol Hill Agency including the Congressional Budget Office, the Library of Congress or the U.S. Capitol Police may compete in either the House Team Competition or the Senate Team Competition. The team captain will select which side when creating the team.

Once the team is set up, the Team Captain should let all of the prospective team members know the name of the team.

Step 2:

Between February 1 and February 28, prospective team members register as individuals.

During the registration process, prospective team registrants will have an opportunity to affiliate with any team that has been set up in advance. Each registrant will be responsible for the $47 individual registration entry. (The $20 team fee is paid only once by the team captain when creating the team.)

Capitol Hill Registration
[Register yourself for the Ten Mile Race or 5K Run Walk]
 

Remember, if your office is planning to enter a team, we strongly encourage your team captain to set up the team before individuals sign up. If individuals register before the team they want to join is created, they will need to contact the team captain, who will be able to place them on the team. This is possible, but more cumbersome than having the teams created first.

Team Rules: Senate teams must include two members of the office that the team is representing and up to three members who must work on the Senate side of the Hill (but not necessarily in the same office). The same policy is in effect on the House side. All Teams must include at least one scoring runner of each gender. (A complete set of team rules appears at http://www.cherryblossom.org/congress/chc/teamrules.php.)


Capitol Hill Competition

Award Categories

Capitol Hill Competition:  The Capitol Hill Competition is a proud and spirited team event open exclusively to the staff offices, agencies, and committees serving the House and Senate. Each team registers to compete in either the House or the Senate division. Awards are given to the top three teams in each division. Additionally, each individual runner on each of those top three teams receives their own plaque.

Fastest Overall Male and Female Finishers in the Capitol Hill Competition: Within the Capitol Hill Competition, honors will go to the fastest overall male and female finishers in both the House and Senate divisions. All Capitol Hill Competition runners are eligible for this award, whether they are registered individually or as a member of a team.

Best Team Name: Special team awards will be presented for the best team name: one for the Senate Team Division and one for the House Team Division. We encourage team captains to create team names that incorporate the name of the Member of Congress or committee that the team is representing. Be creative! The Best Team name awards will be presented after race day, on a date to be determined. Click here to view a list of previous team name award winners for inspiration.

 


Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the Capitol Hill Competition, or difficulties using the site, please contact Sarah Turner at chc@cherryblossom.org.

Finally, if you or someone you know would like to volunteer to help with the race,  you can sign up by going to our Volunteer Sign-up page


Capitol Hill Competition Packet Pickup

Credit Union Cherry Blossom Capitol Hill packet pick-up will take place Thursday, April 4 in Room 201AB of the Capitol Visitors' Center. There will be a press conference at 10:45 A.M. to announce how much money the 2019 event has raised for Children's Miracle Network, followed at 11:30 A.M. by packet pick-up and a chance to meet elite American distance runners Deena Kastor, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist in the marathon and American women's recordholder, and Stanley Kebenei, the 2017 men's champion, for some last minute racing advice, autographs and photos. The packet pick-up will take place between 11:30 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Team captains will be able to confirm your teams as well.

If you are looking for general race information and can't find it here in the Capitol Hill Competition website, please visit the Main Credit Union Cherry Blossom Website.


Honorary Race Chairs

Is Your Member of Congress an Honorary Chair for the 2019 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Race?

Last year over 200 Members of Congress signed on in name only to support the race that helps sick children across America. (Click Here for the current 2019 list of Honorary Race Chairs). If your Member of Congress is not signed on as an Honorary Chair for the 2019 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Race, please consider asking him or her to lend their support to this important cause. Members of Congress are not obligated to participate or assist with the race; their name will simply be listed among others on our website and in the 2019 race results publication. To learn about or to sign on as an Honorary Chair, please visit https://www.capitolhillcompetition.org/.