HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Run a Good Race

Posted December 15, 2009 at 10:46am

Candidates might already be lining up for their chance at nabbing retiring Rep. Bart Gordon’s Congressional seat, but HOH suspects some Members also will vie for another title currently held by the Tennessee Democrat: fastest Member of Congress.[IMGCAP(1)]The 60-year-old Gordon long has dominated in the annual ACLI Capital Challenge three-mile race, frequently placing first among all Members in the field. Gordon took home the fastest Member crown in April’s event, finishing in an impressive 18 minutes, 49 seconds. Not only did he beat every other Member in the race, but he also placed 23rd out of all runners taking part.But there were several Members nipping at his heels, and it looks to be a wide-open field when the race is run again next spring. In the 2009 contest, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) finished in 19 minutes, 47 seconds, while freshman Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) crossed the finish line in 20 minutes, 2 seconds. Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) wasn’t too far behind Schock, completing the run in 20 minutes, 10 seconds, closely trailed by Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.), who put forth a time of 20 minutes, 21 seconds.And don’t think the ladies are out, either: Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) — who has run around 80 marathons, by the way — finished the race in 23 minutes, 11 seconds.Submit your hot tips, juicy gossip or comments here.Can’t get enough HOH? Get a midday dose of fun and gossip with HOH’s One-Minute Recess, delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here — because everyone deserves more recess.