Sinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race
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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherMarjorie Taylor Greene's delay tactics frustrate GOP House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference Republican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC 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 KavanaughTrump promises to travel to Alaska to campaign against Murkowski Disgraced former media darling Andrew Cuomo must resign, but more for this reason Justices hear sparring over scope of safeguards for minority voters 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 CapitoDemocratic centrists flex power on Biden legislation Biden to meet with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy MORE (R-W.Va.) and John CornynJohn CornynSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Biden gets involved to help break Senate logjam Overnight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels MORE (R-Texas) and Reps. Susan DavisSusan Carol DavisOvernight Defense: Congress recommends nuclear arms treaty be extended | Dems warn Turkey | Military's eighth COVID death identified Bipartisan congressional task force recommends extending nuclear treaty with Russia The Hill's Campaign Report: Minneapolis protests rock the nation MORE (D-Calif.), Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) and Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceCuomo says he won't resign amid sexual harassment allegations Democrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump NY lawmakers agree to strip Cuomo of pandemic-related emergency powers 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 AyotteOvernight Defense: NATO expanding troops in Iraq Overnight Defense: New START extended for five years | Austin orders 'stand down' to tackle extremism | Panel recommends Biden delay Afghanistan withdrawal Study group recommends Biden delay Afghanistan withdrawal 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.