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Bipartisan Efforts To Speed Things Up Grip Washington

Washington, DC - Dozens of 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 16, at 8:00 a.m. in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia Park. For a brief period competitors from both parties will come together to occupy Anacostia Park.

Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) is slated to compete for the 31st straight year, never having missed a race. Joining him will be several congressional committee chairs, agency heads, Admirals, Generals, dozens of on-air correspondents, federal Judges, and print journalists.

Defending fastest female Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) will return, and Senator John Thune (R-SD) will try to keep his Senate and fastest man in Congress title. Long-time champion female Representative Jean Schmidt (R-OH) will seek to retain her title but will be challenged by several female members of congress.

On hand as official whistle blower will be ING New York Marathon winner and 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials Champion Meb Keflezighi. Meb, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist, will be leading the US Men’s Marathon team in London.

Team captains in this event are not honorary positions. Each must finish the three-mile course for their 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 ProjectTM, as does an additional donation from the title sponsor American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). Supporting sponsors are ING, John Hancock, MassMutual, MetLife, New York Life, Prudential, RGA, Transamerica Corporation, Western & Southern Financial Group and Roll Call.

Competition for the prestigious Best and James B. Kenin Worst Team name honors remains intense.

About ACLI Capital Challenge
The ACLI Capital Challenge returns to Washington, D.C.’s 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 country’s 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 annually settles the question of which branch of the federal Government is the fittest. Or will the media end up on top?

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