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
610.299.4436 (cell)
571.384.7944 (May 14 - 18)
[email protected]

Presumptive Winners Enter Political Race

May 13, 2016

Over two-dozen 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. Director Jeff Darman, has cautioned participants to run sensibly to avoid "hitting the wall" and making a political statement. The race takes place on Wednesday, May 18, at 8:00 a.m. in Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia Park. (Entries closed April 28.)

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

Division champion Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) will return, as will the 2015 Senate champ, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR),the fastest man in Congress. 2015's fastest female Representative, Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), is entered, as is her male counterpart, Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA).

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.

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 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.

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 contenders include:



The Cornyn Supremacy

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)

Hitting the Walz

Representative Tim Walz (D-MN)

All Good in LaHood

Representative Darin LaHood (R-IL)

Fission Impossible

Joel Rynes, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office/DHS

FASTest Spenders

Shoshana Lew, Department of Transportation

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

If You're Not First You're Ballast

William Doyle, Federal Maritime Commission

As You Can See Behind Me

Debra Alfarone (WUSA 9)

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.

The race is offering bike parking from Two Wheel Valet as a free service. ACLI will be live tweeting: join the conversation by following @ACLINews and #ACLICapChallenge.

Click Here for the VIP & Captain's List

Editor's Note: for media information, call Jeff Darman at 610.925.1976 (until May 14), 571.384.7944 (May 14 18) 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 https://www.capitalchallenge.com/2001_cabinet/drive2001_anacostia.html. Entries are closed.


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