Top Three of Five Cherry Blossom Ten-Mile Run Finalists Sponsored by NASA Federal Credit Union

Apr 07, 2011, 15:40 ET from NASA Federal Credit Union

Credit Unions raised $578,000 for the Children's Miracle Network

UPPER MARLBORO, Md., April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite having to relinquish its 2010 Credit Union Cup for having the winning credit union-sponsored team, NASA Federal Credit Union continued to take the lead by sponsoring three of the top five teams to cross the finishing line in this year's Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile in Washington, D.C., on April 3. Almost one-third of the top 30 finishing teams were NASA Federal sponsored. This year's race raised $578,000, bringing the 10-year total of funds donated to the Children's Miracle Network to $6 million.


NASA Federal sponsored 12 teams comprised of 63 runners and sponsored 100 volunteers serving as water stop and course marshals. A total of $13,000 was donated by NASA Federal to this year's Cherry Blossom Run, benefiting the Children's Miracle Network.

NASA Federal Credit Union-sponsored teams won third, fourth, and fifth place in the race.  Crossing the finish line third, with a time of 3:21:02, was NASA Federal Credit Union's "Atlas" team of Denise Knickman, Zoran Kahric, and Julie Thienel. NASA FCU's "Redstone" team of Daniel Kelly, Tom Winkert, and Andrea Suzara came in fourth place with a time of 3:36:18. Rounding out the top five was NASA FCU's team "Athena" featuring Kent McCullough, John Gygax, and Melissa Vess at 3:42:26.

Vice President of Branch Operations at NASA Federal Credit Union, and a runner in the event, Doug Nahas, said, "We are very proud to be a part of this event and we're pleased that so many of our employees share our commitment of the wonderful work done by the Children's Miracle Network.  And, it appears that we have some pretty good runners on our staff."

Throughout the year, NASA Federal Credit Union's employees, volunteers and members support the programs of area charities and organizations. From collecting sneakers to cooking chili to donating food to local food banks, NASA Federal Credit Union has a strong tradition of giving back to the community. Touching the lives of those in need has been a commitment of NASA Federal Credit Union for many years.  

About NASA Federal Credit Union

NASA Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned entirely by its members and operated for the benefit of all who belong. Chartered in 1949, NASA Federal Credit Union serves the diverse needs of 74,000 members with a full array of financial services and the strength of more than $1 billion in assets.    

SOURCE NASA Federal Credit Union