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Sinema Breaks Record at ACLI Capital Challenge Race

Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher is fastest member of Congress for second year in a row

Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, number 120, watches as Reps. Mike Gallagher and Kyrsten Sinema celebrate their victories at Wednesday’s ACLI Capital Challenge. (Bian Elkhatib/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:30 p.m. | Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona was the fastest female lawmaker and set a new course record for her division at the 37th annual ACLI Capital Challenge three-mile race Wednesday.

Sinema finished in 22 minutes and 3 seconds to break the course record of 22:41 held by former Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio.

Rep. Mike Gallagher was the fastest male lawmaker for the second year in a row at 18:52.

Sen. Tom Cotton, who previously held the title until Gallagher stole it away last year, didn’t participate. He was tied up with the Senate Intelligence Committee vote to approve Gina Haspel for CIA director.

Once he finished, Gallagher turned around and ran with his staffers who hadn’t yet finished the course. They all wore matching red Marine T-shirts.

Once Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia finished, he turned around to run with his staffers, too.

With the busy Senate schedule and the floor opening at 9:30 a.m., Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia was the only senator spotted running. She clocked in with a time of 27:40.

Republican Reps. Patrick T. McHenry of North Carolina and Evan Jenkins of West Virginia — who is not returning to Congress next year after losing the Senate primary last week — and Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York also participated.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon was cheered by his staffers as he finished under 32 minutes.

Though the course along the Anacostia River was full of puddles from overnight, the rain held out on Wednesday morning.

The event, hosted by the American Council of Life Insurers, benefits the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation and features runners from the legislative, executive and judicial branches, along with the media.

Watch: Gallagher, Last Year’s ACLI Congressional Winner, Trains for Wednesday’s Race

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