Sinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race
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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherFederal commission issues recommendations for securing critical tech against Chinese threats Government watchdog recommends creation of White House cyber director position Hillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations 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 KavanaughSupreme Court's Pennsylvania mail ballot ruling tees up test for Barrett Lindsey Graham says two women confronted him in airport over Barrett 51 percent want Barrett seated on Supreme Court: poll 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 CapitoBill to expand support for community addiction treatment passes House Hillicon Valley: Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives | Amazon says over 19,000 workers tested positive for COVID-19 | Democrats demand DHS release report warning of election interference GOP senators call on Trump to oppose nationalizing 5G MORE (R-W.Va.) and John CornynJohn Cornyn'Seinfeld' cast members reuniting for Texas Democratic Party fundraiser Senate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal 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 RiceHillicon Valley: Simulated cyberattack success | New bill for election security funding | Amazon could be liable for defective products Lawmakers introduce bill to help election officials address cyber vulnerabilities House lawmakers to launch probe into DHS excluding NY from Trusted Traveler Program 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 AyotteThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Senate makes SCOTUS nominee Barrett a proxy for divisive 2020 Senate Republicans scramble to put Trump at arm's length GOP anxiety grows over Trump political roller coaster 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.