Sunday, November 20, 2016

#CUCB2017 Fall Kickoff Party

This past Friday marked the official kickoff for the 45th running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.

We host a party in November to kick things off, and this year it included swag, giveaways, reveals, demonstrations, fundraising, and all-around fun.

Did you miss out on the fun? Or just want to relive it? Read on!


Swag included a $10 gift card to Potomac River Running, a selfie stick from Medstar Health, and an exclusive fall kickoff t-shirt in your choice of red or purple.

$10 to spend at Potomac River Running? Yes, please!

Selfie stick, portable hand sanitizer, & useful health
resources, courtesy of MedStar Health

I selected the purple t-shirt; the other option was red.
It incorporates the race artwork along with a "reveal" curtain

While not official swag, my phone gadgets are pretty cool:
a "Good Luck Box" PopSocket & CUCB microfiber sticky


All attendees received a raffle entry, and throughout the evening both guaranteed race entries and paid race entries were raffled off. Raffle winners also got a gift bag from Good Luck Box.

Laura & Brian greeted attendees, handing out raffle tickets & PR cards

Good Luck Box provided gift bags for raffle winners

An up-close look at a Good Luck Box.
The cherry blossom theme box is designed for our race!
(you can purchase one when you register for the lottery)


The race t-shirt art is selected from contest entries each year, and this year's winner was revealed at the party. The color options for the shirt were also revealed, and attendees got to vote on the color - majority wins! 

Two other big party announcements were the introduction of the new performance apparel and shoe sponsor for the race, Under Armour, and the introduction of this year's race ambassadors

Event director Phil Stewart prepares to reveal the t-shirt art.
Note the cool Under Armour shoes!

T-shirt color choices were red & purple

Attendees voted for their preferred color...

...and monitored the polling results.
Purple won in a landslide!

Annette designed the race t-shirt art.
She is a 17 year-old high school student from Delaware!

Annette & her proud parents
(note to self: move recycle can out of the way next time)

Half of our social media team:
Race Ambassador Heather Mundwiler
Race Ambassador Sara Brown
Social Media Coordinator (me!)
Blog Editor Courtenay "Coco" Brinckerhoff
not pictured:
Race Ambassador Adam Lesser
Race Ambassador Holly Sajna
Fundraising Captain Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan


This year's party was held at the MedStar Health Orthopaedic and Sports Center at Lafayette Centre, which is a new venue for us. It gave attendees the opportunity to see the space and equipment, including an AlterG antigravity treadmill and a basketball court.

Ready to welcome party attendees to the festivities

Travis Smith, founder of iRunFit, demos the AlterG


Supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is a primary goal of our race. There were two opportunities to donate to CMNH at the kickoff party: a wine pull and a t-shirt sale. The t-shirts were each unique; they were colors that were tested for the background of the race t-shirt and ultimately not selected.

There were bottles worth up to $30 in the wine pull

Begonia preps the wine and t-shirts

More t-shirt test colors

All-Around Fun

We had a great time kicking off the 45th running of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. If you didn't join us this year, you missed out! Make a mental note not to miss next year's kickoff festivities. And get ready for the race lottery to open on December 1st!

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