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Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run & 5K Walk/Run

Our Race Ambassadors

Meet the 2023 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Race Ambassadors!

 

The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run selected four runners to be the 2023 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 2024 Ambassadors after the 2023 race – the application will open in October! Click Here for details!

Hannah Abel

Hannah is a Florida native who moved to D.C. in 2016 to attend graduate school at George Washington University and has happily stayed in the area. She started her running journey in high school as a member of the JV cross-country team and picked up distance running in 2014 when she trained for and ran her first half marathon. She has been unstoppable ever since! Hannah has completed 14 half marathons (improving her time by over 30 minutes in the process!), six Cherry Blossom 10 Milers, three full marathons, a half- and full-marathon challenge, and a virtual “Run the Year” challenge. When she isn’t running, you can catch Hannah working as a pediatric speech therapist in Northern Virginia, baking cookies and brownies, spending time with friends and family, and trying out new restaurants. She is looking forward to sharing her running experience while training in the D.C./Northern Virginia area, including parts of the CUCB race course! Follow her on Instagram @_habelruns14.

Carlos Bonnett-Castillo

My name is Carlos, but my friends call me Los. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and started my running career at 5 years old when my dad registered me for a local one-mile race. I was addicted from that day forward and have run nearly my entire life since. I have served on active duty in the United States Navy for the last 18 years and travelled all around the world in my service. I have been very fortunate to also be able to run in many places all over the country and the world. I have completed 15 marathons, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and the Marine Corps Marathon as well as the CUCB 10 Miler three times. I have recently moved back to the DMV to complete my military career and joined the Northeast Track Club, who have helped me recover from a back injury and reignited my passion for running after two years of being unable to run. I look forward to training and competing in my fourth CUCB 10 miler. I’m excited to share my training journey on my Instagram and TikTok at @losliveshealthy.

Erin Helbling

Introductions can be so dang boring, can’t they? So, let’s skip the “Hi, my name is!” and really get to know one another. Here are the spark notes– I’m a true Yinzer (meaning I hail from Pittsburgh, PA) with Type 1 Diabetes and an addiction to the sport of running. I am a retired spin instructor with a love of dogs, gin cocktails, and tacos. Once upon a time I lived in Washington, D.C., but have since relocated to South Carolina with my partner and our four-legged child, Ripken. Like many, I’ve been on this roller coaster we call life for enough time to know that all things change, and few things remain constant. But one constant that I’m able to take with me is running. I’ve run for as long as I can remember. To this day, running, and the community it’s given me, keeps me motivated and healthy and I can’t wait to connect with YOU on the CUCB course in D.C. Stay in touch with me on Instagram at @runningT1D.

Nick Arrington

Nick is a native of the greater Washington, D.C., area. He grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia, making the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler a nostalgic race for him. Nick was a student athlete at Tuskegee University where he played baseball for four years. He traded in his spikes for racing shoes, starting his running journey in 2018 when he ran the New York City Marathon, his first. From there he set out on his quest to run all six Abbott World Major Marathons. He has run New York City (2018, 2019, 2021), Berlin (2019), London (2021), Boston (2022), and Chicago (2022). Nick only has one World Major remaining, Tokyo, which he will run in March 2023. Once he is back from Japan, he will lace up to run this year’s Cherry Blossom 5K and 10 Miler!

Being an avid traveler, Nick loves connecting with community and runs with crews wherever he lands. Some of his favorites are Orchard Street Runners (@orchardstreetrunners) and MOTIVNY (@motivny) in New York, Good Vibes Track Club (@goodvibes_tc) in Los Angeles, District Running Collective (@districtrunningcollective) in Washington D.C., LDN SLCT (@ldn_slct) in London, and Amity Island Running Club (@amityislandrunningclub) on Martha’s Vineyard. He is coached by Francisco Balagtas (@iamfranciscob) and Percell Dugger (@goodwrk). Through their combined effort, he has ran his marathons at an average pace of 3:33:35 and a personal best of 3:08:36. This past summer Nick joined the Nike Running Team (@nikenyc) as a pacer to help coach local athletes preparing for their fall marathons.

Nick currently lives in Harlem, New York, and frequently visits his mother, who resides in Woodbridge. This year’s Cherry Blossom 10-Miler is dedicated to her!

You can follow Nick on Instagram @nickarrington1.