The 35th annual ACLI Capital Challenge was held at Anacostia Park in Southeast DC on May 20th. Hundreds of runners from all three branches of government, the armed forces, other federal agencies, and the media took part in the 3 mile race.
Jeff Darman, the Director of the Capital Challenge, said "we started this race years ago to show that some of the busiest people in Washington can take the time out to still stay fit" and come together to support a good cause.
The race benefits the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, which provides trained service dogs to people in need. Many of these people are wounded veterans, like Lt. Bradley Snyder, who was blinded by a combat injury in Afghanistan in 2011. He said, "Utilizing a guide dog, I've been able to rebuild that self image, and really get engaged in the community in a big way."
The 2015 Capital Challenge raised enough money for one service dog, like Lt Snyder's German Shepherd, Gizzy. Dogs like her cost $45,000 to raise and train. Since 1981, this event has raised more than a half million dollars for charity.
To support the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, follow this link.