Sinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race
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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherConnecticut radio station rebrands itself 'Trump 103.3' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate Sinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race MORE (R-Wis.) are the fastest lawmakers in Congress, with the two winning their races at the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) Capital Challenge on Wednesday.

Sinema shattered a record, as she finished with the fastest time for a female senator in the three-mile race held in Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C.

Gallagher was the fastest lawmaker overall, winning for the third year in a row with a time of 18 minutes and 37 seconds, a personal best for him.

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The annual race brings out a number of Washington notables, which this year included lawmakers, officials from the executive branch, military officers and a Supreme Court justice.

Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael Kavanaugh2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Maker of 'F*ck Trump' lipstick vows to donate proceeds to reproductive rights groups Women's civil rights are not a state issue MORE participated this year, becoming only the second sitting justice to race in the event's 38-year history. Kavanaugh led a team representing the Supreme Court, and he helped his team gain victory in their division. His team also included Nick Posada, the first-place finisher among all entrants.

The top female runner overall was Amanda Barnett with Team Jointed Five from the Pentagon.

Lawmakers from both parties took part in the race, including Sens. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoCongress, White House near deal on spending, debt limit GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Congressional Women's Softball team releases roster MORE (R-W.Va.) and John CornynJohn CornynCollins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' Hillicon Valley: Google delays cutting off Huawei | GOP senators split over breaking up big tech | Report finds DNC lagging behind RNC on cybersecurity Trump officials say US efforts to deter Iran have worked MORE (R-Texas) and Reps. Susan DavisSusan Carol DavisSinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race Republican's campaign accused of racism for referring to Palestinian opponent as a 'national security threat' Overnight Defense: Gillibrand offers bill to let transgender troops serve | Pentagon ready to protect US personnel in Venezuela | Dems revive fight with Trump over Saudis MORE (D-Calif.), Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) and Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceWHIP LIST: Dems who support an impeachment inquiry against President Trump Sinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race Hillicon Valley: Instagram cracks down on anti-vaccine tags | Facebook co-founder on fallout from call to break up company | House Dems reintroduce election security bill | Lawmakers offer bill requiring cyber, IT training for House MORE (D-N.Y.).

Three-time Olympian and American marathon record holder Deena Kastor served as the official race-starter.

The annual road race raises money to benefit Junior Achievement USA, a program for kindergarteners to 12th graders to teach them work skills, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Sinema completed the race with a time of 20 minutes and 45 seconds, breaking the previous record for a female senator set by former Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteSinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race New Hampshire senator to ask 2020 Dems to back repeal of state residency law Schultz recruiting GOP insiders ahead of possible 2020 bid MORE (R-N.H.) of 24 minutes and 52 seconds.

Sinema has been Capital Challenge’s fastest female lawmaker going back to her first race after entering the House in 2013. She broke the record for fastest female House member last year, and with her new Senate record, Sinema is the first lawmaker to hold records in both of the race's divisions.

“ACLI believes deeply in Junior Achievement's purpose to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy,” said ACLI CEO Susan Neely.

“Junior Achievement’s mission dovetails superbly with our industry’s commitment to help make financial and retirement security available to all American families and to invest in our country’s economic strength, too,” she added.

Also on the mind of attendees at the event was the late Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), whose funeral is being held today in Indianapolis.

Lugar was a longtime participant in the Capital Challenge, going back to 1981.

Jeff Darman, the race director, said Lugar was always committed to the charity event, competing in every Capital Challenge when he was in the Senate.

No lawmaker competed more times than Lugar, Darman told The Hill.

“He made a commitment, and he kept it,” Darman said. “I don’t think anybody will ever match his number of races.”

In the final year that Lugar competed in the race, the event organizers had him break the finishing tape, as attendees and participants applauded his performance.

The race organizers, though, intend to honor his memory going forward. The award given to the overall winning team with the most points is named the Richard G. Lugar Fastest Overall Team Award.