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

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Navy Waves Good-Bye to Most Runners

May 25, 2012

The Navy team, Global Force for Speed, was the top overall team (Richard G. Lugar Award) in the 31st ACLI Capital Challengeģ held on Wednesday, May 16 in Washington D.C.ís Anacostia Park. A beautiful day greeted the runners for the three-mile event, and about 700 showed up to demonstrate for fitness and to raise over $17,000 for the Wounded Warrior ProjectTM.

Meb Keflezighi, Olympic silver medalist and winner of the 2012 Menís U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, was the official starter (whistle-blower) and ran easily in the race encouraging runners throughout.

Event co-chair Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) finished for the 31st straight time never having missed the event, but a primary loss the week before made his final finish all the more poignant and impressive. He broke a ceremonial tape as he and Meb Keflezighi hit the finish arm in arm.

Teams were led by nine Senators and seventeen Representatives, including many committee chairs. Agency heads, Federal Judges and scores of print and electronic media also took part in the event.

All teams had to be captained by a U.S. Senator, Representative, Cabinet member or Sub Cabinet Presidential appointee, Federal Judge, On-air media personality or professional journalist.

John Thune (R-SD), who finished with a time of 18:56, repeated as the male Senator winner and again garnered the title of fastest member of Congress. Representative Jean Schmidt (R-OH) defended her female Representative title in a time of 23:38.

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) (24:52) earned her second title as fastest female Senator, breaking the record in doing so. Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL) won his first title as top House member (20:00).

Judge John Ferren nipped long-time participant Bill Plante, a CBS White House correspondent, in the 70 and over captain division. Overall winners were Brandon Cherry (14:48) FERC and Amanda Rice (16:40) of the Navy.

The ACLI Capital Challenge highlights the ability of many of the nationís busiest leaders to stay fit. All entry fees go to the Wounded Warrior Project. The title sponsor ACLI (American Council of Life Insurers) and contributing sponsors ING, John Hancock, MetLife, MassMutual, Nationwide, New York Life, Prudential, RGA, Transamerica, Western and Southern Financial Group and CQ Roll Call also donated additional funds to the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as paying all race expenses.

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