Despite various rumors, Assistant Secretary of Labor Olena Berg is not leaving her job to join the professional running circuit after her latest win at the Nike Capital Challenge race this month.
For the fourth year in a row, Ms. Berg pulled out the fastest time for any female sub-Cabinet official at the 16th annual three-mile race circling Washington's East Potomac Park; in fact, her time was a personal best at 24: 48.
Her team, "Labor Pains" sported pink T-shirts in honor of Ms. Berg's new granddaughter, Caitlin Eliese Ducat. The four-man, one-woman team showed real men do wear pink, and the new grandmother did not slow them one bit. The team finished 22nd in the executive branch division.
Ms. Berg raced past last year's rival Melissa Skolfield, assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, who finished in 25: 46; the third-place sub-Cabinet runner/walker was Barbara Pedersen Holum, commissioner at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, who finished in 45: 22.
About 650 members representing 140 teams from the executive, legislative and judicial branches as well as members of the media ran in the race, which raised $11,000 for the District of Columbia Special Olympics.
Patricia B. Limbacher