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Date Set for Congress and Media to Face Off


The annual ACLI Capital Challenge®, the three-mile road race that is one of the Capital’s most enduring sports traditions, is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29, at 8:00 A.M. As usual a HUGE PAC of Senators and Representatives will take part in the traditional invitational team battle between the Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches and the Media in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia Park. 

Since its inception in 1981, the race has played host to three U.S. Vice Presidents, multiple Presidential candidates, scores of congressional committee Chairs, Majority and Minority leaders of the Senate, Supreme Court Justices, Cabinet Members and many members of the media. 

Competition is limited to teams led by Senators, Representatives, Cabinet or Sub-Cabinet appointees, Agency Heads, Federal Judges, or TV, radio, print and web journalists. (Team captains must actually complete the course for their team to count.) 

All entry fees, along with an additional contribution from the sponsors, will be given to Junior Achievement to give young people the knowledge and skills they need to make positive choices, plan for their future, and achieve economic success. Junior Achievement programs provide relevant hands-on experiences that give students of all ages knowledge and skills related to financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. 

“With everyone’s safety still top of mind, we are eagerly anticipating race day,” said Susan K. Neely, President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). “The Capital Challenge is a wonderful Washington D.C. tradition, which supports the important mission of financial literacy.” 

The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) is the leading trade association driving public policy and advocacy on behalf of the life insurance industry. 90 million American families rely on the life insurance industry for financial protection and retirement security. ACLI’s member companies are dedicated to protecting consumers’ financial wellbeing through life insurance, annuities, retirement plans, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, reinsurance, and dental, vision and other supplement benefits. ACLI’s 280 member companies represent 95 percent of industry assets in the United States.  

“The race combines fitness and bi-partisanship in the shadow of the Capitol, as many physically fit Washington luminaries set an excellent example on race day year after year,” said Director Jeff Darman. 

The event is designed to highlight the fitness of many of the Capital’s busiest leaders and tries to answer the question: which branch of the government is the fittest? Supporting sponsors are Akin Gump, Boston Mutual, Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America, Jackson National, John Hancock, New York Life, OneAmerica, Pacific Life, Primerica, Principal Financial Group, Protective Life, RGA, Transamerica, Unum, USAA, Western and Southern Financing Group and media sponsor CQ Roll Call.  

The ACLI Capital Challenge not only recognizes the swiftest participants with awards for the Fastest Senator, Representative (Mike Synar Award), Independent Agency Head, Sub-Cabinet Appointee, Federal Judge and journalist in male and female categories, but also rewards Teams with the Best Name and the Worst Name (James B. Kenin Award). There are also team awards for the Senate, House, Executive Branch, Judicial and Media (both Electronic and print/web categories). 

Qualified teams may obtain entry forms and information from Jeff Darman, Director ACLI Capital Challenge, 110 E. State Street, Ste 15, Kennett Square, PA 19348, 610.925.1976.

Entries are also available at Entries close September 9.