News Release

Race Supports Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation 

Washington, D.C., (May 11, 2017) —The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) is proud to sponsor the 36th Annual Capital Challenge on May 17. The race begins at 8 a.m. in Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C. The three-mile road race will benefit the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, an organization whose mission includes providing life-changing guide dogs to blind veterans.

Each year, hundreds of runners participate in this premier Washington, D.C. event. Teams from the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government, news media organizations and the U.S. military participate in support of the foundation’s important work.

Supporting sponsors include ACLI member companies: Guardian, Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America, John Hancock, MetLife, Nationwide, New York Life, OneAmerica, Prudential Insurance, TransAmerica, USAA and Western & Southern Financial Group. Roll Call also is a sponsor.

“The life insurance industry proudly sponsors this special race to bring together individuals from all parts of official Washington to help a noble cause,” said Governor Dirk Kempthorne, president & CEO, American Council of Life Insurers. “Life insurers that provide 75 million American families with financial security products are honored to support this non-partisan competition.”


This year’s celebrity runner, courtesy of John Hancock’s Elite Athlete Ambassador program, is 2016 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist Galen Rupp. Rupp finished second in this year’s Boston Marathon.


Rupp will start runners on their way as the official “whistle-blower.” He will then join the race from the back of the pack.

“In this year of my first Boston Marathon, I’m also excited to participate in my first ACLI Capital Challenge,” said Rupp. “To be part of this race - that is such a D.C. tradition and that benefits a worthy cause – is something that I’ve been looking forward to.”

Visit for more information (race closed to entries on April 27). Follow @ACLINews and #CapChallenge on Twitter for real-time pictures and updates on the day of the race.



The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association with approximately 290 member companies operating in the United States and abroad. ACLI advocates in state, federal, 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 94 percent of industry assets, 93 percent of life insurance premiums, and 97 percent of annuity considerations in the United States. Learn more at


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