News Release

WASHINGTON – The 41st ACLI Capital Challenge road race Wednesday raised a record $150,000 for Junior Achievement USA.

“We were thrilled that so many of our nation’s leaders could join us for this year’s race,” said American Council of Life Insurers President and CEO Susan Neely. “It’s always exciting to recognize the fastest competitors in Washington D.C. But the real winners are the 3.3 million kids in all 50 states served by Junior Achievement. Thanks to the more than 600 people who participated in this year’s ACLI Capital Challenge, America’s life insurers are able to help Junior Achievement’s financial education initiatives for students across the nation.”

Added Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA: “Junior Achievement USA recognizes and honors the commitment of everyone who participates in the ACLI Capital Challenge, which benefits invaluable financial education programs for students from coast-to-coast.”

The three-mile race in Anacostia Park featured members of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government, the Washington press corps and other guests.

For the first time ever, two Supreme Court Justices participated: Brett Kavanaugh and Ketanji Brown Jackson. Solicitor General of the United States Elizabeth Prelogar ran as did Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, 40 five-person teams from media organizations participated with the fastest being from the Washington Post.

Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) retained their titles as the fastest members of Congress.

Rep. Gallagher finished in 20:04, more than one minute faster than any other member of Congress. Gallagher has been the fastest member of Congress each of the six years he’s participated in the ACLI Capital Challenge.

Sen. Sinema was the fastest female member of Congress finishing in 22:10. She’s been the fastest female member eight times.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) ran in her 17th Capital Challenge, setting a record for most appearances by a female member of Congress. Other members of Congress participating included Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), and Reps. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.), Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.), Mike Levin (D-Calif.), Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-Wash.).

Sen. Manchin’s team was the fastest in the Senate, while Rep. Levin’s team was the fastest in the House.

Nathan Bickell from the team captained by Judge James Crowell was the fastest overall runner, finishing in 15:08. Emma Kumer was the fastest female, finishing in 18:50. Her team from the Washington Post was the fastest overall.

Long-time Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray served as the official “whistle blower” to start the race. He then joined the race at the back of the pack and ran to support the participants.

A complete list of participants and race results is available at Additional information about the race is available on Twitter at @ACLINews and via the hashtag #CapChallenge.

Supporting race sponsors included ACLI member companies: Allianz, Boston Mutual, Brighthouse Financial, Canada Life Re, Corebridge Financial, Global Atlantic Financial Group, Guardian, Hannover Re, Jackson, John Hancock, MassMutual, MetLife, Nationwide, New York Life, Northwestern Mutual, OneAmerica, Pacific Life, Penn Mutual, Primerica, Principal, Protective, Prudential, RGA, Sammons Financial, Security Benefit, Swiss Re, Thrivent Financial, Transamerica, Unum, USAA and Voya. Other sponsors included Akin Gump, Invariant and CQ/Roll Call.


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 94 percent of industry assets in the United States.



David Nielsen, 202-624-2419,

David Nielsen, 202-624-2419,