HONORARY CO-CHAIRS
Senator Richard G. Lugar
Honorary Co-Chair
Representative Earl Blumenauer Honorary Co-Chair
Bill Plante, CBS News
Honorary Co-Chair
Judge Stephen Swift
Honorary Co-Chair

Contact: Jeff Darman
610.925.1976
571.384.7111 (May 12-16)
610.299.4436 (cell)
jdarman@capitalchallenge.com 

Bipartisan Efforts To Speed Things Up Grip Washington

May 10, 2012

Dozens of members of Congress will lead teams in the annual ACLI Capital Challengeģ, a three mile road race. They join participants from all branches of government and the media and have been cautioned to run sensibly to avoid increasing the national oxygen debt ceiling. The race takes place on Wednesday, May 16, at 8:00 a.m. in Washington, D.C.ís Anacostia Park. For a brief period competitors from both parties will come together to occupy Anacostia Park.

Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) is slated to compete for the 31st straight year, never having missed a race. Joining him will be several congressional committee chairs, agency heads, Admirals, Generals, dozens of on-air correspondents, federal Judges, and print journalists.

Defending fastest female Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) will return, and Senator John Thune (R-SD) will try to keep his Senate and fastest man in Congress title. Long-time champion female Representative Jean Schmidt (R-OH) will seek to retain her title but will be challenged by several female members of congress.

On hand as official whistle blower will be ING New York Marathon winner and 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials Champion Meb Keflezighi. Meb, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist, will be leading the US Menís Marathon team in London.

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. All entry fees go to the Wounded Warrior ProjectTM, as does an additional donation from the title sponsor American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). Supporting sponsors are ING, John Hancock, MassMutual, MetLife, New York Life, Prudential, RGA, Transamerica Corporation, Western & Southern Financial Group and Roll Call.

Competition for the prestigious Best and James B. Kenin Worst Team name honors remains intense.

Some noteworthy entrants:

TEAMS  CAPTAINS
Whereís the Finish Line? Iím Having a Cornynary Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
Live Run or Die Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Bingamaniacs Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
DOA-Dent on Arrival Representative Charles Dent (R-PA)
Rhymes With Hummus Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
Take the Money and Run Al Fitzpayne (Assistant Secretary, Dept. of Treasury)
Demojoggery Howard Hogan, (Chief Demographer, Census Bureau)
We FERC Hard for the Runniní John Norris (Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)
CQ RC Edit Orioles Emily Ethridge (CQ Roll Call)
Whipping Post Amy Argentsinger (The Washington Post)
Circulation Problems Lyndsey Layton (The Washington Post)
 Nature Calls Rich Monastersky (Nature)
Gone Whit the Wind Whit Johnson (CBS News)
Senior Judges and the Ms. Demeanors Judge Stephen Millken (DC Superior Court)

The riverfront course is out and back in Anacostia Park. After the race, runners will enjoy a catered continental breakfast (TARP, Tired Athletes Refreshments Program) courtesy of Nationwide, along with pure spring water compliments of MetLife.

Editors Note: For media information, call Jeff Darman at 610.925.1976 (until May 12) 571.384.7111 (May 12-16) 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.

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