Sinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race
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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherHouse GOP to launch China probes beyond COVID-19 Lawmakers move to boost federal cybersecurity in annual defense bill Bipartisan lawmakers call on Pompeo to defend Israel against ICC probes 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 KavanaughStakes high for Collins in coronavirus relief standoff Juan Williams: Justice Thomas seizes his moment in the Trump era Judge in Flynn case hires high-profile attorney to help with response to appeals court: report 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 CapitoTrump tries to soothe anxious GOP senators The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - In reversal, Trump says he won't disband coronavirus task force McConnell under mounting GOP pressure to boost state aid MORE (R-W.Va.) and John CornynJohn CornynFive questions about the next COVID-19 relief package Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers demand answers on Chinese COVID hacks | Biden re-ups criticism of Amazon | House Dem bill seeks to limit microtargeting Lawmakers ask for briefings on Chinese targeting of coronavirus research MORE (R-Texas) and Reps. Susan DavisSusan Carol DavisWarren announces slate of endorsements including Wendy Davis and Cornyn challenger Hegar Warren exits, and our hopes for a woman president once again are dashed Ocasio-Cortez says candidate she backed in Texas Democratic primary 'came closer than anyone imagined' MORE (D-Calif.), Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) and Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceHillicon Valley: Tech giants poised to weather coronavirus damage | Record Facebook-FTC deal approved | Bipartisan 5G bill introduced New York lawmakers move to combat security, disinformation threats to mail-in voting NY, NJ lawmakers call for more aid to help fight coronavirus 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 AyotteBottom line Bottom Line Lobbying World 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.