John Podesta wins Capitol Hill Classic 10K! (Medicare division)


White House counselor John Podesta, as a guest last week on “Wait Wait ……Don’t Tell Me: Carl Kasell’s Farewell Show,” at the Warner Theater in Washington. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Obama counselor John Podesta ran in Sunday’s 35th  NCB Capitol Hill Classic 10K, an annual fundraiser to benefit the Capitol Hill Cluster School, a D.C. public school with more than 1,000 students.

Podesta, an avid runner,  finished 475th — posting an exceptionally respectable 51.09 time (Net time 50.0) —  in the race overall, which is quite something considering there were 2,675 runners. And, in the 65-and-over set, he beat the second-place finisher by almost four minutes.

Seems he wasn’t the only Podesta running on Sunday. The D.C. race has a tie-in race with Camp Phoenix in Kabul, where another Podesta, Air Force Capt. Gabe Podesta, who’s in the  Judge Advocate General’s Corps, bested his father by one minute and 21 seconds.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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