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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Members of Congress Vow to Speed Things Up

April 16, 2019

The ACLI Capital Challenge three-mile road race returns to Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia Park on Wednesday, May 15 at 8:00 a.m. The event attracts scores of members of Congress, high-ranking political appointees, Generals, Admirals, radio and 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. "Once a year I get to tell some of the most important people in Washington not to move until I say so," 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.

The ACLI Capital Challenge benefits Junior Achievement. All entry fees, along with a contribution from the sponsors, will be given to Junior Achievement to give young people the knowledge and skills they need to make positive choices, plan for their future, and achieve economic success. Junior Achievement programs provide relevant hands-on experiences that give students of all ages knowledge and skills related to financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

"We're especially proud that this year's ACLI Capital Challenge will benefit Junior Achievement and its financial literacy program," said ACLI President and CEO Susan Neely. "Junior Achievement is committed to ensure that its financial education and other youth programs are delivered in inclusive and diverse learning environments. And its mission fits perfectly with our industry's commitment to help make financial and retirement security available to all American families."

The race's title sponsor is the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), a Washington, D.C.-based trade association that advocates on behalf of 280-member companies dedicated to providing products and services that promote consumers' financial and retirement security. 90 million American families depend on ACLI members for life insurance, annuities, retirement plans, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, reinsurance, dental and vision and other supplements benefits. ACLI represents member companies in state, federal and international forums for public policy that supports the industry marketplace and the families that rely on life insurers' products for peace of mind. ACLI members represent 95 percent of industry assets in the United States.

Deena Kastor, Olympic Bronze Medalist, American Marathon Record Holder (2:19:36), eight-time NCAA All-American and Silver Medalist at the World Cross Country Championships, will serve as official "whistle blower" and start the runners on their way. She 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). Some early contenders include:




Cornyn's Running Collusions

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)

Shalala Shin Splints

Representative Donna Shalala  (D-FL)

Golden Gaits

Representative Jared Golden (D-ME)

Census has A Countability

Stephen Buckner, Asst. Dir. Of Communications, Census Bureau

The Run On Sentences

Ellen Gilmer, E&E News

Quid Pro Go

Judge Florence Pan, DC Superior Court

Bet Chutkan't Catch Us

Judge Tanya Chutkan, US District Court, District of Columbia

Breaking the News, Breaking our Knees

Adam Longo, WUSA9

Big Mak Attack

Tim Mak, NPR

Geoff's Geoggers

Geoff Brumfiel, NPR


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 ACLI. Sponsors in addition to ACLI are: AIG, Boston Mutual, Guardian Life Insurance, Hannover Life Reassurance, Jackson National, John Hancock, MetLIfe, Nationwide, New York Life, OneAmerica, Pacific Life, Prudential, RGA, Transamerica, USAA, UTG, Voya Financial, Western & Southern Financial Group, and media sponsor CQ Roll Call.


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