Senator Shelley Moore Capito
Honorary Co-Chair
Representative Earl Blumenauer
Honorary Co-Chair
Tamara Keith, NPR
Honorary Co-Chair

Contact: Jeff Darman
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April 16, 2018

The ACLI Capital Challenge three-mile road race returns to Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia Park on Wednesday, May 16 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, deep state runners and other Washington VIPs who will captain and compete on over 130 teams.

Known for its irreverence and political humor, the race will again have several members of congress try to outrun the media. "It is always a tweet to host all these VIPs each year," said Director Jeff Darman. Each captain must finish for his or her team to score. The race started in 1981 and spotlights the fitness of many of the country's busiest leaders, including many Senate and House Committee Chairs and ranking members.

Desiree Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon winner, two-time Olympian and two-time collegiate All American, will serve as the official "whistle blower," starting the runners on their way. She will then jump in and run from the back of the pack.

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.

"ACLI is proud to once again sponsor the Capital Challenge that unites all branches of government, the military and the media," said ACLI President and CEO Dirk Kempthorne. "It is an honor to support the inspirational work of the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation and make a difference in the lives of our nation's veterans."

The race's title sponsor is the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), a Washington, D.C.-based trade association with approximately 290 member companies dedicated to providing products and services that contribute to consumers' financial and retirement security. ACLI members represent 95 percent of industry assets, 93 percent of life insurance premiums, and 98 percent of annuity considerations in the United States. 75 million families depend on our members' life insurance, annuities, retirement plans, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, and reinsurance products. Taking into account additional products, including dental, vision and other supplemental benefits, ACLI members provide financial protection to 90 million American families.

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). Some early contenders include:




Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)

Naked Shorts

Emily Pierce, SEC Assistant Director

You Wanna Peace of Us?

Joel Fushone, Peace Corps Associate Director

Speedy Chronzales

Sarah Brown, Chronicle of Higher Educationn

Chron with the Wind

Sara Lipka, Chronicle of Higher Education

We'll Shoe It Live

Adam Longo, WUSA9-TV

Rundamental Rights

Judge Dabney Friedrich, US District Court for the District of Columbia

The Mossdemeanors

Judge Randolph Moss, US District Court for the District of Columbia

The riverfront course is out and back in Anacostia Park. After the race, runners will enjoy a catered breakfast (TARP, Tired Athletes Refreshment Program) courtesy of MassMutual and pure spring water compliments of Guardian Life Insurance. Sponsors in addition to ACLI are: Aflac, Boston Mutual, Guardian Life Insurance, Hannover Life Reassurance, Jackson National, John Hancock, MassMutual, MetLIfe, Nationwide, New York Life, OneAmerica, Pacific Life, Prudential, RGA, Transamerica, USAA, UTG, Western & Southern Financial Group, and media sponsor CQ Roll Call.

 Entries close April 26.


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