PBS NewsHour Team ‘No Commercials, No Mercy’ Sweats it Out for Charity

BY Christina Bellantoni  May 14, 2013 at 6:48 PM EDT

Politics editor Christina Bellantoni and social media editor Colleen Shalby, who ran with the PBS NewsHour HatCam, pose before the start of the ACLI Capital Challenge race in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Christina Bellantoni/Twitter.

Fourteen PBS NewsHour road warriors gathered early Wednesday morning to hit the pavement in a charity race to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

We ran 3 miles for the annual ACLI Capital Challenge, which also included members of Congress, other branches of government and reporters from print, television and radio outlets.

Political junkies may recall that Sen. Dick Lugar ran this race every year. He lost his seat in a primary, so he won’t be back this year. But seven senators and 24 members of the House will lead teams.

That includes Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Rob Portman of Ohio, Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Democratic Sens. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.

“No Commercials, No Mercy,” — inspired, of course, by this scene from the movie “Anchorman” — competed in the electronic media category. We’re also hoping to win Best Name and the Best Team Spirit awards.

The NewsHour team:

Captain Christina Bellantoni
Terence Burlij
Frank Carlson
Geoffrey Guray
Cindy Huang
Sarah McHaney
Allie Morris
Tiffany Mullon
Alex Ozenberger
Simone Pathe
Ellen Rolfes
Justin Scuiletti
Colleen Shalby
Daniel Yang

Curious about the HatCam? Watch our promo video from its political conventions debut here or below.

You can also keep up with the race by following #ACLI.