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Crowded Field Vies to Be First to Cross the Line (Red)
May 9, 2013
Over 30 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 and have been cautioned to run sensibly to avoid increasing the national oxygen debt ceiling. The race takes place on Wednesday, May 15, at 8:00 a.m. in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia Park.
In the race will be several congressional committee chairs, agency heads, Admirals, Generals, FBI leaders, dozens of on-air correspondents, federal Judges, and print journalists.
Defending fastest female Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) will return, as will Senator John Thune (R-SD) who will be pressed to keep his Senate and fastest man in Congress title as he is nursing a foot injury. Several female members of Congress will seek the fastest female representative title, and 2012 male victor Rep. Dan Lipinski is returning.
On hand as official whistle blower (courtesy of John Hancock) will be Ryan Hall, who has the fastest marathon time by an American (2:04:58 at Boston) and is also the American Half Marathon record holder (59:43).
Team captains in this event are not honorary positions. Each must finish the three-mile course for his or her 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 Project®, as does an additional donation from the title sponsor American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). Supporting sponsors are Guardian, ING, John Hancock, MassMutual, MetLife, Nationwide, New York Life, Prudential, RGA, Transamerica Corporation, USAA, 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:
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) along with pure spring water compliments of MetLife.
Editors Note: For media information, call Jeff Darman at 610.925.1976 (until May 11), 703.945.1060 (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.