Senator Shelley Moore Capito
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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Establishment Puts Presidential Race Aside - Super Delegates Run From Media

April 20, 2016

The ACLI Capital Challenge three-mile road race returns to Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia Park on Wednesday, May 18 at 8:00 a.m. The event attracts scores of members of Congress, high-ranking political appointees, Generals, Admirals, television correspondents, print and web reporters, Federal Judges and other Washington VIPs who will compete on over 140 teams.

Known for its irreverence and political humor, the race will make the usual VIP cast sweat it out. Teams are captained by U.S. Senators, Representatives, Cabinet Members, Sub-Cabinet appointees, Federal Judges, On-Air personalities and professional print and web journalists. Each captain must finish for his or her team to score. The race, which started in 1981 and will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year, spotlights the fitness of many of the country's busiest leaders, including many Senate and House Committee Chairs and ranking members.

The ACLI Capital Challenge benefits the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. All entry fees and additional donations from the race sponsors will be used to provide a life-changing Fidelco Guide Dog and services to a blinded veteran or immediate family member to support increased independence, mobility and safety.

The race's title sponsor is the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), a Washington, D.C.-based trade association with approximately 300 member companies operating in the United States and abroad. ACLI advocates in federal, state, and international forums for public policy that supports the industry marketplace and the 75 million American families that rely on life insurers' products for financial and retirement security. ACLI members offer life insurance, annuities, retirement plans, long-term care and disability income insurance, and reinsurance, representing more than 90 percent of industry assets and premiums.

Meb Keflezighi, one of the greatest runners of our time, is the 2016 celebrity runner (courtesy of John Hancock). Meb is the only athlete to win the Boston Marathon, New York Marathon and an Olympic medal, and at age 40 he recently qualified again as a member of the U.S. Olympic Team with his second place finish at the Olympic Trials in February. Meb will serve as the official "whistle blower" to start the runners on their way; he will then jump in and run from the back of the pack.

The ACLI Capital Challenge annually settles the question of which branch of the federal Government is the fittest. Or will the media end up on top? As usual there is spirited competition for the best and worst team name (James B. Kenin Award) honors. Some early contenders include:




The Cornyn Supremacy

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)

Cheri Blossoms

Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL)

Fission Impossible

Joel Rynes, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office/DHS

FASTest Spenders

Shoshana Lew, Department of Transportation

Slow Blood Counts

Shirin Ahmed, Census Bureau

Bloombergs Not Running, But We Are

Derek Wallbank, Bloomberg News

Antique Roadshow

Bill Horne, AARP Magazine

The Chron-dash-ians

Sara Hebel, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Race The Nation

John Dickerson, CBS News

Beyond Sri-sonable Doubt

Judge Sri Srinivasan, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit

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, Hannover Re, John Hancock, MassMutual, MetLife, Nationwide, New York Life, One America, Prudential, RGA, Transamerica, USAA, Western and Southern Financial Group and media sponsor CQ Roll Call.

Entries close April 28.


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