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

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Race Will Barr Fake News Outlets; Director Asserts His Executive Privilege

May 10, 2019

Members of Congress and the media will try to put talk of collusion and the 2020 election behind them, as well as some of their colleagues, as they lead teams in the 38th ACLI Capital Challenge®, a three-mile road race. They will join participants from the other branches of government. The race takes place on Wednesday, May 15, at 8:00 a.m. in Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia Park. (Entries are closed.)

In the race will be several congressional committee chairs and ranking members, Generals, a couple of dozen on-air correspondents, the Solicitor General, federal judges and print journalists.

Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI) will be back to try and retain his title as the fastest Member of Congress. Among the other Congressional entrants are 2018 division winner Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY), who was first female Representative in 2017. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who broke the female Representative record last year, will now compete in her new division.

Deena Kastor, Olympic Bronze Medalist, American Record Holder (2:19:36), eight-time NCAA All-American and Silver Medalist at the World Cross Country Championships, 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.

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 (American Council of Life Insurers) Capital Challenge benefits Junior Achievement. All entry fees and additional donations from the race 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.

"It's wonderful that so many of Washington's leaders will be joining us for the ACLI Capital Challenge," said ACLI President and CEO Susan Neely. "We are extremely grateful for their support - and their willingness to sweat for a good cause! This year's Capital Challenge will benefit Junior Achievement and its financial literacy program. We're thrilled to be working with Junior Achievement to teach the next generation of American workers the importance of planning early for retirement."

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:




Cornyn's Running Collusions

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)

Motion to Recommit to Running (MTR)

Representative Conor Lamb (D-PA)

Slim Jims

Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN)

Run Like You Have Foodborne Illness

Ken Barbic, Assistant Secretary; Dept of Agriculture

Naked Shorts

Emily Pierce, SEC; Assistant Director

Running With A P(e)acemaker

Michelle Brooks, Peace Corps; Chief of Staff

Fake College Athletic Recruits

Sarah Brown, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Game of Groans

Bill Horne, AARP Magazine

Breaking the News, Breaking our Knees

John Henry, WUSA9

Gringlas-ser on the Other Side

Sam Gringlas, NPR

Race the Nation

Margaret Brennan, CBS News

Bet Chutkan't Catch Us

Judge Tanya Chutkan


The riverfront course is out and back in Anacostia Park. After the race, runners will enjoy a catered breakfast 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.

The race is offering bike parking from Two Wheel Valet as a free service.

Click Here for the VIP & Captain's List

Editor's Note: for media information, call Jeff Darman at 610.925.1976 (until May 11), 703.945.1062 (May 11 - 15) 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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