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.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.