News Release

Washington, D.C., (May 21, 2014) — More than 660 runners representing 99 teams from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government and the media came together Wednesday morning to compete in the 33rd Annual ACLI Capital Challenge road race.

The Capital Challenge raised $45,000 to benefit the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, an organization whose mission includes providing life-changing guide dogs to blind veterans. The American Council of Life Insurers was the Capital Challenge’s lead sponsor for the 11th year.  Supporting sponsors included ACLI member companies: Allianz, Guardian, Hannover Life Re, ING, John Hancock, MassMutual, MetLife, Nationwide, New York Life, OneAmerica, Prudential, RGA, Transamerica, USAA, and Western and Southern. CQ Roll Call was also a supporting sponsor.

Patrick Fernandez of the Coast Guard won the race for the second straight year, finishing the three-mile course in Anacostia Park in 14:59.  Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) repeated as the fastest member of Congress, and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) extended her reign as the fastest female member.  Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) repeated as the fastest male senator, while Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) was the fastest female senator.

Other notable participants included White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Counselor to the President John Podesta, and three-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan, who served as the race’s official “whistle blower.”

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The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association with approximately 300 member companies operating in the United States and abroad. ACLI advocates in federal, state, and international forums for public policy that supports the industry marketplace and the 75 million American families that rely on life insurers’ products for financial and retirement security. ACLI members offer life insurance, annuities, retirement plans, long-term care and disability income insurance, and reinsurance, representing more than 90 percent of industry assets and premiums. Learn more at


Jack Dolan, 202-624-2418
Jack Dolan, 202-624-2418