News Release

2018 Boston Marathon winner Desiree Linden to serve as official race starter.  

Washington, D.C., (May 2, 2018) —The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) presents the 37th Annual Capital Challenge, a three-mile road race, on May 16 at 8 a.m. in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia Park. The race features teams from Congress, the executive and judicial branches of the federal government, news media organizations and the U.S. military.

The event benefits the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, an organization whose mission includes providing life-changing guide dogs to blind veterans.

“ACLI is pleased to once again sponsor the Capital Challenge,” said Governor Dirk Kempthorne, ACLI president & CEO. “Each year, the race unites people from across the political and ideological spectrums to support the foundation and its work on behalf of our nation’s veterans. This premier event is not to be missed.”


Supporting race sponsors include ACLI member companies: Aflac, Boston Mutual, Guardian, Hannover Re, Jackson National, John Hancock, MassMutual, MetLife, Nationwide, New York Life, OneAmerica, Pacific Life, Prudential, RGA, Transamerica, USAA, UTG and Western & Southern.

Desiree Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon winner, two-time Olympian and two-time collegiate All American, will serve as official race starter. She will then jump in and run from the back of the pack. Her participation comes courtesy of John Hancock’s Elite Athlete Ambassador program.


“It is an honor to be a part of this great Washington tradition,” said Linden. “I’m looking forward to joining the other participants and supporting the amazing work of the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.”


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The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) advocates on behalf of approximately 290 member companies dedicated to providing products and services that contribute to consumers’ financial and retirement security. ACLI members represent 95 percent of industry assets, offering life insurance, annuities, retirement plans, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, reinsurance, dental and vision and other supplemental benefits. American families rely on these products for protection, long-term savings and a guarantee of lifetime income when it’s time to retire.


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