We hit the road again this morning, but today's trip was a short hop to the 28th Annual ACLI Capital Challenge 3-mile run. The race benefits DC Special Olympics, a terrific cause. It was my 14th outing in this enduring DC event; not too shabby, but how about some kudos to Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, who has competed in every race.
This was my first time running with a team from an Executive Agency, and we finished a very respectable 3rd in the competitive Executive category. I want to send a big thank-you to my fellow DOT harriers, pictured below with celebrity host Olympic Marathon Silver Medalist Meb Keflezighi.
From left to right: Steve Clinger, Meb, Liz Gross, Yours Truly (note the stylish U of Illinois headwear), Tim Arnade, and Mark Swanlund
My finish time? 36:30. I can also confirm that I was the first Cabinet Secretary to cross the finish line today. That's me below, approaching the finish looking pretty good for an old guy who's just blazed 3 miles. I do feel a little bad for the guys in my security detail; I hope they can recover from the brutal pace.
Race Director Jeff Darman says, "We are one of the last examples of true bi-partisanship in Washington, as teams from both parties compete while displaying good humor, if not great athleticism." Enough said.