This year, two Capital Challenge giants will be running the course for the last time as Members. Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) lost his primary bid last week. The 80-year-old Lugar has participated in every Capital Challenge race since its inception.
Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) also lost her primary bid. For several years, she consistently finished ahead of all other female lawmakers.
“It’s fun. It builds good will and better friendship, and you lead by example,” Schmidt said. “One of the biggest challenges facing our country is obesity, which can result in serious health issues. Members of Congress need to lead by example.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.