Sinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race
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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John Gallagher2020 Democrats raise alarm about China's intellectual property theft Bipartisan panel to issue recommendations for defending US against cyberattacks early next year Overnight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border 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 KavanaughProgressives call for impeachment inquiry after reported Kavanaugh allegations Harris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate 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 set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure America is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction On The Money: Economy adds 164K jobs in July | Trump signs two-year budget deal, but border showdown looms | US, EU strike deal on beef exports MORE (R-W.Va.) and John CornynJohn Cornyn The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure MORE (R-Texas) and Reps. Susan DavisSusan Carol DavisThe Hill's Morning Report — The wall problem confronting Dems and the latest on Dorian Dem Rep. Susan Davis announces she will not seek reelection Supporting the military means supporting military spouses MORE (D-Calif.), Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) and Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceMarijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis Pelosi backers feel vindicated after tumultuous stretch Democrat offers measure to prevent lawmakers from sleeping in their offices 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 AyotteGOP fears Trump backlash in suburbs Trump makes rare trip to Clinton state, hoping to win back New Hampshire Key endorsements: A who's who in early states 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.