ACLI Capital Challenge 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM |

Did you know that three-time Olympian Deena Kastor will be at this year’s race?

  • Kastor will be the official race starter at this year’s race.
  • She won the bronze medal in the marathon at the 2004 Athens Olympics and set the American marathon record in 2006.
  • In March 2019, she broke the American masters record for the fastest 8K by a woman 45-to-49-years-old.

Did you know Senator Sinema wants to set another record?

Senator Kyrsten Sinema is ready for the 2019 ACLI Capital Challenge

  • Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona set the record for House female members last year with a time of 22:05.
  • The Senate female record is 24:52, set by former Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire in 2012.
  • Since Sinema was elected to the House in 2012, she was the fastest female House member in every race except in 2017, when she was injured and walked the race in a protective boot.

Did you know famous athletes ran with us?

  • Three-time Olympian and former mile world-record holder Jim Ryun ran several times when he served as a Kansas congressman. His House office team was the fastest in the House of Representatives six times between 1999-2005.
  • NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Steve Largent ran several times when he served as an Oklahoma congressman. His House office team finished 3rd in 1999, trailing only the teams of Ryun and former Tennessee Representative Bart Gordon.
  • Former Olympian and NBA player Tom McMillen ran in 1995 when he served as co-chair of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Did you know famous media personalities ran with us?

  • NBC’s Andrea Mitchell ran in 1998.
  • Bret Baier of Fox News ran in 2002 and 2003. Shannon Bream of Fox News ran in 2008 and 2013.
  • Many CBS News journalists have run including Major Garrett (2014), John Dickerson (2016) and Margaret Brennan (2016).
  • CBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell ran in 1998 when she was with Roll Call and in 1999 and 2000 when she was with NBC.

Did you know Supreme Court Justices ran with us?

  • Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts ran in 1984 when he worked in the White House Counsel’s office during the Reagan administration.
  • Anthony Kennedy ran in 1990 when he was a Supreme Court justice.
  • Justice Brett Kavanaugh has participated every year since 2010, while he served as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He was the fastest federal judge five times (2010-13 and 2015).


Did you know 2020 Democratic presidential candidates ran with us?

  • Beto O’Rourke ran in 2016, when he was a member of Congress from Texas. O’Rourke was the fastest male runner from the House of Representatives.
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell of California ran in 2015. He was the fastest male runner from the House of Representatives.
  • Jay Inslee ran in 2004, when he was a member of Congress from Washington.
  • Also in 2004, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio participated. He beat Inslee by 2:04, but Inslee’s team finished 4th out of 17 House teams, while Ryan’s team finished 7th.

Did you know Al Gore ran with us?

  • Al Gore participated in the Capital Challenge as a House member, a Senate member and as vice president.
  • Gore’s final Capital Challenge appearance was in 1998. His five-person team from the office of the vice president finished 16th out of 30 teams from the executive branch.
  • Gore’s time in 1998 for the three-mile course was 27:04. Among the 170 people he beat were Andrea Mitchell (NBC News) and Norah O’Donnell (now with CBS This Morning, then with Roll Call).

Did you know Mike Pence ran with us?

  • Vice President Mike Pence participated in the ACLI Capital Challenge three times (2007, 2009-10) while he served as an Indiana congressman.
  • Several members of Vice President Pence’s family also competed in the race including his wife Karen (2007 and 2010), son Michael (2007), and daughter Charlotte (2007).
  • Vice President Pence visited ACLI in June 2018 to address ACLI members during their fly-in to Washington D.C. 

ABOUT The Event

What: Three mile road race
Where: Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia Park
When: Wednesday, May 15 at 8:00 a.m.
Twitter: @ACLInews #CapChallenge

The event attracts members of Congress, high-ranking Administration officials, federal judges, active members of the military, television correspondents, print and web reporters and other VIPs who will compete in the race #CapChallenge

ABOUT The Cause

This year, the ACLI Capital Challenge will benefit Junior Achievement USA. ACLI believes strongly in Junior Achievement's purpose to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Through our support of Junior Achievement, we will teach the next generation of American workers the importance of planning early for retirement.




Jeff Darman