News Release

WASHINGTON - This year’s ACLI Capital Challenge road race has been moved from May 19 to September 29 due to continued COVID-19 precautions.

“We all look forward to hitting the pavement together when it’s safe to do so again,” said Susan K. Neely, President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). “This spirited, energetic event does tremendous good for the cause of financial literacy.”

The ACLI Capital Challenge is a time-honored tradition, now in its 40th year. Funds raised go to Junior Achievement USA. 

Each year, teams from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government, plus media organizations, run in the three-mile road race. Past participants have included U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough, when he served as Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, three-time Olympian and former mile world-record holder Jim Ryun, when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas, and CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell, when she worked for Roll Call and NBC News.

“Every year since 1981, members of Congress and other Washington VIPs have come together for fun, friendly competition and to support a very worthy cause,” said race director Jeff Darman. “We’re looking forward to getting back together on September 29 and continuing this tradition.” 

“The ACLI Capital Challenge is one way life insurers support efforts to expand financial literacy,” said Neely. “Financial education can empower families, open doors and help close the racial wealth gap. With Junior Achievement, we are able to help provide the next generation with tools to build and strengthen their financial competencies.”

The ACLI Capital Challenge has been held annually since 1981, except last year due to the pandemic, and in 2001 due to the September 11 terrorist attacks. The location of this year’s race will be Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C. 

Race organizers said they are closely monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and local public health officials regarding COVID-19. Additional race updates will be provided as new information becomes available at,, and @ACLINews.


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 supplemental benefits. ACLI’s 280 member companies represent 95 percent of industry assets in the United States.

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David Nielsen, 202-624-2419
David Nielsen, 202-624-2419