Each team must include either one
member of Congress, the Cabinet, the Vice President,
Sub-Cabinet Agency Head or equivalent, Federal Judge, on-air radio or TV
journalist, or print journalist.
Teams must have five runners, at
least one of the five must be a woman. All five count in scoring.
Team Captain must be a member of Congress, with other team members
chosen from congressional staff or immediate family of Representative or
Senator. Since there are separate but equal Senate and House awards, all
legislative branch team members must come from their Captain's side of the
Hill. This means Senators use Senate staff and Representatives are limited
to House staff.
No more than one
competitor on any Legislative team may come from Staff of
Capitol Police, Clerk's Office, Sergeant at Arms, etc. Teams with
members that do not comply with rules above or below leave themselves open
Team Captain must either be an elected
Executive branch official, Cabinet member, US Ambassador, or Sub-Cabinet
Appointee or Agency Head or equivalent, with other team members chosen from agency staff
of Captain. That is, Transportation uses Transportation staff; NSA uses
its staff while listening to your staff; and TSA (unless precheck) can run but
team has to take off its shoes before entering starting area.
Team Captain must be Federal Judge (presidentially
appointed, Senate confirmed), with other team members chosen from the
Judge's respective court staff.
Team Captain (or to win first journalist award*) must be either on-air radio or television journalist or a
professional print journalist with bylines or editor with a magazine,
newspaper, website, etc. (Publisher cannot be a captain.) Other team members
chosen from the fair and balanced regular staff of the individual radio, TV, newspaper
(younger runners ask your team captain what they are),
website, or magazine. The Media division has two categories, print including web (net neutrality), and electronic (TV, radio, podcast), also includes real news failing and fake news media. No
category mixing please.
THERE IS A LIMIT
Race limited to first 145 teams that enter. The number of teams from any one government entity or
corporation (media) is strictly limited. If you are considering fielding multiple teams, inquire about
limitations before entering.
and Representatives who are unable to field teams may enter unattached
(without teams) and are eligible for individual awards.
rules for captains are strictly enforced. No eligible captain, no team.
Please read the regulations and abide by them. We do run background
checks. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Team Name Contest will be held for three Best and three Worst Named Teams.
Baby strollers are prohibited in accordance with safety guidelines. We
strongly recommend against the use of an iPod or similar devices. Race
officals reserve the right to remove any runner from the course for
medical, political or any other valid reason. Any entrant attempting to
run with a dog (or a cat for that matter) will be removed from the race.
Race Director reserves the right to be generally arbitrary and capricious
in rule interpretation, if it conflicts with his or the race's best
Any team seeking special favors or sympathetic rule interpretation is
reminded that the likelihood of an answer you want is greatly
decreased by how close the request is to the race date and whether you
have been helpful to the race director in the past. Hint: Ask Early.
entry fees are donated to
Junior Achievement USA (none
are used for T-shirts or other race expenses). And thanks to ACLI,
Akin Gump, Boston Mutual, Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America, Invariant, Jackson National, John Hancock, New York Life, OneAmerica, Pacific Life, Primerica, Principal Financial Group, Protective, RGA, TransAmerica Corporation,
Unum, USAA, Western & Southern
Financial Group, and Roll Call, an additional donation (unfunded mandate)
will also be added to your fees.