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

Super PAC of Washington Insiders Looks to Avoid Missteps

April 27, 2012

The ACLI Capital Challenge returns to Washington, D.C.ís Anacostia Park on Wednesday, May 16 at 8:00 a.m. Class warfare may be on display at the event, which attracts scores of members of Congress, high-ranking political appointees, television correspondents, print reporters, Federal Judges and other Washington VIPs who will compete on an estimated 130 teams.

For one day political rivals and the media will be Citizens United along with the Federal Judiciary inside the beltway racing on this three mile course.

Known for its irreverence and political humor, the race is drawing the usual VIP cast. Teams are captained by U.S. Senators, Representatives, Cabinet Members, Sub-Cabinet appointees, Federal Judges, On-Air personalities and professional print journalists. Each CAPTAIN must finish for his or her team to score. The race, which started in 1981, spotlights the fitness of many of the countryís busiest leaders. Senator Richard G. Lugar has never missed finishing the race and will be leading his team for the 31st time. He will be joined by many Senate and House Committee Chairs and ranking members, print journalists, TV correspondents, Generals and Admirals and many others.

The ACLI Capital Challenge, which benefits the Wounded Warrior ProjectTM, an organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors, has as its title sponsor ACLI (American Council of Life Insurers). ACLI is a Washington, D.C. based trade association. ACLIís 300-plus member companies offer life insurance; annuities; pensions, including 401(k)ís; long-term care insurance; disability income insurance; reinsurance; and other retirement and financial protection products.

Official whistleblower Meb Keflezighi will start the runners on their way. Meb is an Olympic Silver Medalist, 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials winner and 2009 ING New York City Marathon victor. Meb has a B.A. from UCLA where he was a 4-time NCAA Champion. He has won the US Cross Country Championship three times.

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? All entry fees as well as an additional donation from the sponsors goes to the Wounded Warrior Project. The race has raised close to $500,000 for charity since its inception.

As usual there is spirited competition for the best and worst team name honors. Some early contenders include:

Bingamaniacs           Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
Whereís the Finish? Iím Having a Cornynary Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
Canít Gerrymander Us Outta This Race Representative Chris Gibson (R-NY)
DEMOJOGERRY Howard Hogan, (Chief Demographer, Census Bureau)
We FERC Hard for the Runniní John Norris (Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)
Circulation Problems Lindsay Layton (The Washington Post)
 Nature Calls Rich Monastersky (Nature)
RunLikePell Elizabeth A. Nelson (Inside Higher Ed)
We Donít Scripps A Beat Lindsey Wray (Scripps Howard News Service)
Gone Whit the Wind Whit Johnson (CBS News)
In Less Than 60 Minutes Nancy Cordes (CBS News)
FBN Ė The Power to Perspire Rich Edson (Fox Business Network)
Let Just Ė Us Win Judge John Ferren (DC Court of Appeals)

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) compliments of Nationwide Insurance and pure spring water compliments of MetLife. Major Sponsors in addition to ACLI are ING, John Hancock, MassMutual, MetLife, New York Life, Transamerica, Prudential, RGA, Western and Southern Financial Group and CQ Roll Call. For full race details, visit https://www.capitalchallenge.com.

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