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Thirty-Seven Members of
Congress Lead Teams in Annual Capital Tradition
April 26, 2007
Senator Richard Lugar
(R-IN) will compete for the 26th straight
year, never having missed a race.
Joining him will be several congressional
committee chairmen, Veterans
Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson and several
other agency heads, over two dozen on-air reporters,
eleven federal Judges, print journalists. DC
Fenty is a guest entrant.
While several past participants were deemed
ineligible by the voters, defending champions
Bart Gordon (D-TN), fastest man in Congress; Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
(R-TX), long-time female Senate champ; and Senator
(R-NH), last year’s fastest Senator, are entered.
John Ensign (R-NV) will be attempting to win
back his Senate Championship from incumbent Senator
Sununu; the two have traded the title for the last
few years. In
addition, former Congressional champ, Jane
Harman (D-CA) returns in hopes to regaining her
title as fastest woman in Congress from Representative Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV).
Commissioner Mark Everson again filed his entry
late, but leads his team, “Take the Money and
Run,” and will sport the number 1040.
On hand to help celebrate the 26th
running of the race and get the runners on their way
as official “whistle blower” will be 2007 celebrity runner Kathrine Switzer.
Switzer was the first woman to officially
enter the Boston Marathon, won the 1974 New York
Marathon, is an Emmy award-winning television
commentator and was a leader in making the women’s
marathon an official event in the Olympic Games
the author of a new memoir, “Marathon Woman:
Running The Race To Revolutionize Women’s
Team captains in this event are not honorary
must finish the three-mile course for their team to
The event shows even the busiest people can take time out to stay
physically fit. All entry fees
go to DC Special Olympics, as does an additional donation from the title
sponsor ACLI (American Council of Life Insurers) and other sponsors ING,
MetLife, Northwestern Mutual, the Principal Financial Group, Swiss Re,
Qwest Communications and Roll Call.
Competition for the
prestigious Best and James B. Kenin Worst Team Name honors remains
Some noteworthy entrants:
The course is an out and back, riverfront course in
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