Organizers of the Runner’s Rite of Spring®, the 40th Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk, recently announced a partnership with Teens Run DC. For many of the youth participating in Teens Run DC (TRDC), the ten-mile race, to be held on April 1, 2012, will be the goal race of their winter/spring running season.

“The motto of Teens Run DC is we run this city,” said Race Director Phil Stewart, “and we are pleased to partner with Teens Run DC to give at-risk youth in our community the opportunity to do just that – run along the National Mall, across Memorial Bridge, around the Tidal basin and out to Hains Point, all amidst the beauty of blossoming cherry trees.”

Prior to running the city on April Fool’s Day, Teens Run DC will also be out in full force at the Health and Fitness Expo, to be held on Friday, March 30, from noon to 7 pm, and Saturday, March 31, from 9 am to 5 pm at the National Building Museum.

In addition to some 100 teens and mentors running the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile, another 15,000 runners will participate in the 10 Mile Run or 5K Run-Walk. Those runners were chosen by lottery in December from a total of 28,000 applicants.

Runners who did not get into the 2012 Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run or 5K Run-Walk through the lottery, however, can still sign up to become Charity Race Entry Participants until March 1, 2012. To become eligible for entry, runners must raise a minimum of $500 for Credit Unions for Kids, the official race charity. Every dollar raised for Credit Unions for Kids will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a network of 170 non-profit children’s hospitals located across North America. For more information on becoming a Charity Race Entry Participant, runners should refer to the event’s official fundraising Website: