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Hundreds Run in ACLI Challenge

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Runners, including then-D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty (red shorts), take off at the start of the ACLI Capital Challenge in 2008.

Aside from Duckworth, today’s ACLI Capital Challenge will feature several hundred runners from various agencies, media outlets and Capitol Hill. About three dozen lawmakers also are expected to run, including Sen. Jeff Bingaman, who has taken part in the race for the past decade and will lead his office’s team, the “Bada Bingamans.” 

“I really go out there and push to finish it. Let’s see what happens,” the New Mexico Democrat said earlier this year.

Other lawmakers running include Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), who will compete for his 30th straight year, and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), last year’s winner in the female Senate division. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) also will aim to lead the Senate male runners for a third straight year.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be there with her team, the “Fast and the Sebelius.” 

“I’ve got guys on the security detail that run with me. Over the course of a year and a half, some of them have had to stop running because of various injuries. I keep teasing them because I’m much older and I’m still running,” Sebelius said in a recent interview.

The race at East Potomac Park is sponsored in part by Roll Call, with proceeds benefiting the Special Olympics District of Columbia.  

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