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Our Race Ambassadors

Meet the 2022 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Race Ambassadors!


The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run selected four runners to be the 2022 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Race Ambassadors Team. These individuals will spend the next few months telling the world all about their race experiences on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their blogs. Our Race Ambassadors get free entry into the race, apparel from our race sponsors, and invites to all of our VIP events. We will be selecting CUCB 2023 Ambassadors after the 2022 race – the application will open in October! Click Here for details!

Shanta Whitaker

Shanta is a self-proclaimed northern southerner who moved to the DMV in 2014. She started running at 30 to prove that she could finish a 5K. Over the past 10 years, Shanta has run (and sometimes crawled through) two half marathons, one 10K, and countless 5Ks, including her favorite one, the Cherry Blossom 5K. When Shanta isn’t running, she is a Peloton enthusiast, avid traveler and frequently tries new local restaurants with her husband, Jeff. She is excited to run her 4th Cherry Blossom 5K to show that women over 40 can be fit and fabulous! Follow Shanta on Instagram at @thatscosmo and Twitter at @SWhitPhD or check out her blog at This Cosmo Life.

Donn Carlos

Donn, a proud Filipino, was born and raised in the Philippines before moving to the D.C. area in the late 90s. He started his running journey in 2018 with the goal of being fit at 40, and since then he has already completed five marathons, two Cherry Blossom 10-Milers, an Ultra 24-hour Challenge, and in 2021 finished a 13.1 every month streak challenge. He would always joke around how he doesn’t like running, but he always tries to help inspire other runners in their journey — especially the ones new to distance running. He has motivated many to sign up for and finish their first marathon. Follow him on Instagram @runningfordonutz.

Amy Hough

Amy is a Michigan native who came to Washington, D.C., in 2010 for an internship and never left. She discovered distance running in 2015 as a way to de-stress from the demands of her day job as a practicing attorney. She has since completed several marathons, as well as three Cherry Blossom 10 Milers. In her spare time, Amy volunteers in animal rescue, fostering cats for City Kitties DC with the help of her rescue Persian, Petunia, and her two chihuahuas. Follow her on Instagram @amyrunsdc.

Gloria Ruiz

Gloria is from Dallas, Texas, and has been running non-stop since 2017. She completed her first 5K in September 2017 and jumped head first into her very first half marathon/challenge in February 2018.  She has since been bitten by the running bug and completed more than 30 half marathons and five full marathons including Chicago, Boston and New York. She might not be the fastest, but she has the most fun! This will be her very first Cherry Blossom 10 Miler as well as her first time running in Washington, D.C. Gloria is very active on her Instagram and she goes live monthly to discuss her running journey and different running topics. She loves connecting with other fellow runners so please follow her on Instagram @therunlovingasian to check out all her prior videos and to learn more about her running journey.