Senator Shelley Moore Capito
Honorary Co-Chair
Senator John Thune
Honorary Co-Chair
Representative Earl Blumenauer
Honorary Co-Chair
Judge Kathleen Kerrigan
Honorary Co-Chair
Bill Plante, CBS News
Honorary Co-Chair

Contact: Jeff Darman
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Bi-Partisan Run Off Nears - Administration Challenges Media and Congress

May 15, 2015

Twenty-four members of Congress will lead teams in the annual ACLI Capital Challenge, a three-mile road race. They join participants from all branches of government and the media and have been cautioned to run sensibly to avoid increasing the national oxygen debt ceiling. The race takes place on Wednesday, May 20, at 8:00 a.m. in Washington, D.C.ís Anacostia Park. (Entries closed May 1.)

In the race will be several congressional committee chairs, a member of the cabinet, the White House Chief of Staff, agency heads, Admirals, Generals, dozens of on-air correspondents, federal judges and print journalists.

Former division champion Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) will return, as will the 2014 Senate champ, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). The fastest man in Congress, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), now a Senator, is entered, as is 2014ís fastest female Representative, Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).

On hand as official whistle blower (courtesy of John Hancock) will be Dathan Ritzenhein. Dathan, a three-time Olympian, three-time National Cross Country Champion, Bronze medalist at World Half Marathon and former American record holder at 5000 meters, is the 2015 Celebrity runner. He was first American and seventh overall at the Boston Marathon. Dathan will start the runners on their way, then jump in and run from the back of the pack.

Team captains in this event are not honorary positions. Each must finish the three-mile course for their team to score. This event shows that even the busiest people can take time out to stay physically fit. The ACLI Capital Challenge benefits the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. All entries and additional donations from race sponsors will be used to provide a life-changing Fidelco Guide Dog and services to a blinded veteran or immediate family member.

Competition for the prestigious James B. Kenin, best and worst team name, honors remain intense.

Some Noteworthy Entrants:



Wild and Run-Der-Ful

Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV)

Cartwright Before the Horse

Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA)

Donít Hit the Walz

Representative Tim Walz (D-MN)

eMail eRacers

James Wiggins, Director, Latin America (State Department)

House of Chrons

Sara Hebel, Chronicle of Higher Education

The Fast and the Curious

Jon Hamilton, NPR

Sriís Company

Judge Sri Srinivasan (US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit)

Can You Census Behind You?

Doug Clift, Census Department

Flock of Geez

Bill Horne (AARP)


Judge Roy McLeese, DC Court of Appeals

The riverfront course is out and back in Anacostia Park. After the race, runners will enjoy a catered breakfast (TARP, Tired Athletes Refreshment Program) and pure spring water compliments of MetLife. Sponsors in addition to ACLI are Guardian, Hanover Re, John Hancock, MassMutual, MetLife, Nationwide, New York Like, One America, Prudential, RGA, Transamerica, USAA, Voya Financial, Western and Southern Financial Group and media sponsor CQ Roll Call.

Live coverage of the 34th ACLI Capital Challenge will be available on Twitter by tuning in @ACLInews and #ACLI. Also new this year the race is offering bike parking from Two Wheel Valet as a free service.

Click Here for the VIP & Captain's List

Editorís Note: for media information, call Jeff Darman at 610.925.1976 (until May 16). 571.384.7933 (May 16-20) or 610.299.4436 (cell). The ACLI Capital Challenge starts at 8:00 a.m. in Anacostia Park near the skating rink. Directions to the site may be downloaded from www.capitalchallenge.com. Entries are closed.


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