Capitol Hill Competition

A Time-Honored Tradition Among Capitol Hill Staffers

The time-honored tradition of the Capitol Hill Competition began in 2002 as a running competition between House and Senate congressional offices. This proud and spirited team event is open exclusively to the staff, offices, agencies, and committees serving the House and Senate. The competition is known as “The race within the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run”. The Capitol Hill Competition celebrates its 18th year and has since grown from a handful of congressional teams to well over 50 teams and more than 600 Capitol Hill runners annually.

The world-class run, held in Washington D.C. coincides with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The event’s long history, high visibility and scenic beauty draws more than 16,000 runners, including hundreds of influential legislators and staffers.  In 2018, over 200 Members of Congress supported the race as Honorary Race Chairs; you can see the list of Members of Congress signed on to date for the 2019 race here.


The winners of the 2018 Capitol Hill Competition were the “Model Runners” from the Congressional Budget Office (Adam Staveski, Tia Caldwell, Zachary Byrum, Jake Fabian and Claire Sleigh)


The Congressional Cup was presented to team “Heinrich Maneuver”  from Senator Martin Heinrich’s office (Russell Page, Vanessa Valdiva, Stephen Jochem, Peter Rothfeld, Whitney Potter)

 2018 Capitol Hill Competition Winners

Capitol Hill Competition - Congressional Budget Office "Model Runners"
Congressional Cup - Team "Heinrich Maneuver" (Senator Martin Heinrich's office)
Best Team Name (House) - "Denny's Grand Slams" (Rep. Denny Heck's office)
Best Team Name (Senate) - "The Great Daines" (Sen. Steve Daines' office)

This popular race sets aside partisanship and encourages participants to run in support of raising funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Each year the Capitol Hill Competition and Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run bring together credit unions from across the country with a shared vision of fundraising and helping children. The proceeds from this event support children’s hospitals that belong to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit international organization that helps to treat millions of children across the U.S. and Canada.


Congressional Federal Credit Union and U.S. Senate Federal Credit Union continue to sponsor the Capitol Hill Competition with support from NAFCU, CUNA, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.