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Abebe Bikila Day
International Peace Marathon & Half

  • Abebe Bikila Day
    International Peace Marathon & Half
    Saturday, September 11, 2021

  • 8:00 AM Marathon (with full awards including cash prizes for top 3 M/F overall and tangible awards for top 3 M/F in 10-year age groups)
  • 9:00 AM Half Marathon (with full awards, no cash prizes, tangible awards for top 3 M/F overall and for top 3 M/F in 10-year age groups)
  • 8:00 AM Half Marathon (with awards for 1st M/F overall and 1st M/F in 10-year age groups)

  • Our volunteers are delighted to serve
  • Aid stations:
    • At the start / finish line for timing at Fletcher’s Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC
    • At Lock 5 for bottled water
    • At Lock 7 for bottled water
    • At Lock 10 for bottled water

  • We have a turnaround cone and a volunteer at the quarter-marathon mark near Billy Goat Trail outside I-495 Capital Beltway
  • We run the certified course as mapped below


    Thank you for entering SHF’s 14th Abebe Bikila Day International Peace Marathon and Half.

    I hoped that we could move forward with our plans to conduct the events live, and I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

    In June, I met with all our volunteer team leaders. They were unanimous to cancel the physical marathon for fall 2020 and to offer you instead either a virtual race or a free deferral to our 2021 races. The volunteer team leaders agreed that we can’t hold the races safely on September 12 because of risk factors:

  • The need to provide water and other refreshments safely at the start / on-course / at the finish
  • The need to have sanitary on-site portable toilets and hand-washing facilities for everyone
  • The requirements to clean up thoroughly afterwards
  • Most important, a race means close physical contact between the volunteers, spectators, and hundreds of runners

    If even just one person got sick, the volunteer leaders and I would all be responsible.

    We’re sorry we can’t conduct the actual race, but we have to protect your safety and health – that’s our name. Please, everyone, stay safe and healthy.

    So now, we closed registration for the races, and as soon as possible, I shall set up web pages to enable you to select virtual or deferral. You have plenty of time to decide. Then I send you instructions on how to

  • Register FOR FREE (no $10 transfer fee) for our 2021 races (May 2, September 11, and October 2, 2021)
  • Self-report any half marathon or full marathon distance run, even if separated over several days

    If you run your distance anytime, anywhere, and report it via the web page we provide, we mail your Potomac River Run Marathon & Half t-shirt and your medal to you.

    I am sorry it turned out this way. I got into the marathon business after the cancellation of the official 2003 Washington DC Marathon (cancelled because of additional security required after the invasion of Iraq), and I hoped to be the marathon director who never cancelled a race, but we’ll get through this together.

    Amidst the bad news, I have some good news. Our beneficiary, Buy A Brick Foundation ( has made a significant investment in Zimbabwe to teach local farmers to grow and harvest Artemisia annua, a known anti-malarial herbal remedy that shows positive results in the treatment of COVID-19. We documented photos of Buy A Brick’s Artemisia cultivation on the web page

    On Facebook’s Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019, we donated $4,000 to Buy A Brick’s Artemisia work, matched by another donor, and Facebook matched our $8000 for a total of $16,000, a fortune in Zimbabwe. So some of the revenue from our races has already reached our beneficiary

    Thank you, Jay Jacob Wind
    Safety And Health Foundation –>

    C&O Canal Towpath at
    Fletcher’s Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC Running barefoot, Abebe Bikila won the 1960 Olympic Marathon
    Rome, Italy, September 10, 1960

    Wearing shoes, he again won the 1964 Olympic Marathon
    Tokyo, Japan, October 21, 1964 (photo below) Read everything about Abebe Bikila’s victory

    Those were the feet
    that accomplished the feat
    of conquering the street
    that ran through Rome
    who robbed his home
    where they sacked
    the obelisk — but he won back


    • Perfect for experienced runners, charity trainees, and first-timers
    • Open to anyone who can finish within 6 hours
    • Limited to the first 350 entrants
  • Photos
    • 2019 Photos by Charlie Milsop |
    • 2018 Photos by Charlie Milsop |
    • 2017 Photos by Charlie Milsop |
    • 2016 Photos by Charlie Milsop |
    • 2013-2014-2015 Photos by Tony Estrada |
    • 2015 photos
    • 2014 photos
    • 2013 photos

    • Video! Eden Glenn’s video of the 9:00 AM group | Eden is the girl with black NIKE hat
    Free KAYAK Instructions:
  • Fletcher’s Cove rents kayaks for $13 / hour from 7 AM to 7 PM daily
  • We have arranged for free KAYAK instruction in C&O Canal for our spectators led by Van Trammell | Facebook page
  • of Church of the Double-Bladed Paddle | Facebook page
  • Sign up for an hour of instruction using this form
  • One hour of instruction is FREE, but please tip the instructor –> Live Musical Entertainment
    • 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon — Anna Mwalagho
    • Anna Mwalagho is more than a triple-threat performer. She is a true remarkable renaissance woman, an internationally recognized actress, comedian, poet/spoken word artist, African dancer, singer/songwriter and storyteller.
    • She has won numerous national awards in her native country Kenya, and here in the U.S.A, where she is recognized as the Queen of spoken Afro beat and also “Mama Africa”. She has captivated many with her blend of spoken word, African dance, music, comedy, acting, and storytelling into an electrifying one woman show. Her theatrical poetry inspires, evokes thought and entertains as well as educates all ages and races.
    • Her music has a unique message from the soul of the motherland. It tells the story of life rough but fulfilling journeys. Since the launch of her career in the United States, Anna has become one of the most sought after African Spoken Word/Poetic Afro beat artist.
    • With her “Afrofloetry band,” she has shared the stage with international South African jazz legend HUGH MASEKELA in Washington DC where she and her band were the featured opening act. She also had the chance to collaborate with another African musical legend OLIVER MTUKUDZI, as they performed her famous poem (Flavored World) during his US tour.

  • Host hotel:
    • Courtyard Arlington Rosslyn, 1533 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA 22209-2701 (703-528-2222 or 800-228-9290)
    • Directions from Courtyard Arlington Rosslyn to Fletcher’s Cove
    • 3.3 miles (5.3 kilometers) from race start / finish
    • $149.00 per night from Wednesday, September 8, 2021, to Sunday, September 12, 2021
    • You can buy a round-trip via Red Top Cab for $10.00 leaving the hotel at 7:00 AM to the race and back after the race
    • Last day to book: August 18, 2021
    • To reserve by phone, call 703-528-2222 or 888-236-2427 and use group name “Safety and Health Foundation BIKILA”
    • To reserve on-line, use this link


  • Foldable and reusable water bottle designed for convenient on-the-go use
  • 100% BPA free
  • Includes plastic cap and twist-off push/pull lid
  • Features colored matching carabiner with grommet hole
  • While supplies last

  • 2021 Boston Marathon Qualifier ! | 8:00 AM start
    • Depending on conditions, September 11, 2021, may be the final Saturday to qualify for 2022 Boston Marathon
    • We submit marathon finisher times to Boston Athletic Association by 9:59 AM on Monday, September 13, 2021

    Supported by these charities:

  • T-shirt & Medal Design:
    • 2020 Front | PSD
    • 2019 Front | PSD | Back | PSD
    • 2018 Front | Back
    • 2017 Front | PSD | Back | PSD
    • 2016 Front | Back
    • 2015 Front PDF | Back
    • 2014 Front PDF | Back
    • 2013 Front | PDF | Back | PDF | Medal
    • 2008 Front | Back
    • 2007 Front | Back
    Start Times :
    • 8:00 AM – Competitive marathon start — All marathon award winners must take the 8:00 AM marathon start
    • 9:00 AM – Competitive half-marathon start — All half-marathon award winners must take the 9:00 AM start
    • 8:00 AM – Non-competitive half-marathon start — A few awards –> Course:
      • Totally flat gravel trail, alongside scenic C&O Canal Towpath
      • The half marathon is out 6.5546875 miles to Towpath mile 9.65 (172 yards east of Billy Goat Trail) and back
      • The full marathon is out’n’back twice
      • How to place the mile marks
      • Aid stations with music, water, and Gatorade at 4 junctions with Canal Road & Clara Barton Parkway:
        • Fletcher’s Cove, miles 0, 13.1, and 26.2
      • Lock 5, miles 1.8, 11.3, 14.9, and 24.4
      • Lock 7, miles 3.8, 9.3, 16.9, and 22.4
      • Lock 10, miles 5.8, 7.3, 18.9, and 20.4

    • Spectator Access:
      • At the 4 points above, plus:
      • Under Chain Bridge
      • Lock 6
      • Lock 8
      • Lock 9
      • Lock 11

      Georgetown Running Company
      3401 M Street NW, Washington DC 20007 (202-337-8626)

      5 Metro 29 Diner –> Packet Pick-Up:

    • Thursday, September 10, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM — Please help with packet assembly and pick up your packet early | Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th Street South, Arlington VA 22204
    • Friday, September 11, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM | Pacers Running Store, 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA | MAP –>
    • “Showtime Mike” Mebreahtu
    • Watch Showtime Mike do his thing on YouTube


      Read about Abebe Bikila’s Olympic Marathon victory on September 10, 1960, in Rome, Italy, in 2:15:16.2.
      • In addition to becoming a national hero for winning the gold medal, Bikila became famous for running it barefoot.
      • He was the first black African to win an Olympic medal, and in 1964 in Tokyo, Japan, he became the first man ever to win two Olympic marathons.
    • Exclusive photos of Abebe Bikila’s gravesite

      September 11 Memorial: In memory of the 184 victims killed at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001,
      and the thousands more killed that day in New York and Pennsylvania,
      before the races, we ring a memorial bell 184 times at 7:45 AM and at 8:45 AM

      Cultural Exhibition: To commemorate the anniversary of Abebe Bikila’s Olympic Marathon victory in Rome, Italy, on September 10, 1960, and Ethiopian New Year’s Day on September 11 each year, we host an international cultural exhibition at the start / finish hosted by Abebe Bikila Day founder and two-time Olympic boxer Seifu Mekonnen

      Teams: You are automatically on the team of the country or USA state where you vote, top 3 count on each team, marathon and half-marathon
      • Please tell us your country or USA state of citizenship.


    • Do you want to help at an aid station or as a volunteer?
    • Volunteer Instructions
    • Write the race director

      Post-race: –> Awards:

    • $1,000 in cash awards — $250 for first overall M/F, $150 for 2nd M/F, $100 for 3rd M/F in the 9:00 AM full marathon
    • Gift certificates from Pacers Running Stores and Falls Road Running Store and SHF shatterproof UV-protective sunglasses
      for 1st, 2nd, 3rd M/F overall and in 10-year age groups 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over –> Parking: –> Off-Site Parking Options:
    • We want as many participants as possible to park off-site, so that we leave some parking spaces available at Fletcher’s Cove for the general public
    • Palisades Library, 4901 V St NW, Washington, DC 20007
    • Our Lady of Victory School, 4755 Whitehaven Pkwy NW, Washington, DC 20007
    • CVS/pharmacy, 4859 MacArthur Boulevard NW, Washington, DC 20007
    • Park on Clara Barton Parkway northwest of Chain Bridge. Walk down ramp to C&O Canal Towpath, and walk about one mile southeast to Fletcher’s Cove
    • Park across Chain Bridge on Arlington side. Walk across Chain Bridge, walk down ramp to C&O Towpath, and walk about one mile southeast to Fletcher’s Cove –> Off-Site Transportation Options:
    • We offer Red Top Cab from Key Bridge Marriott to Fletcher’s Cove departing at 7:00 AM on Saturday, September 12, for only $10 round-trip –> An SHF 2020 Grand Prix race:
    • If you complete either race, you are entered in SHF’s 2020 Grand Prix Series.
    • $100 cash award to anyone who completes all three SHF half or full marathons in 2020 – May 3, September 12, and October 3 –>

    • 2019 results | Awards
    • 2018 results | Awards
    • 2017 results | Awards
    • 2016 results
    • 2015 results
    • 2014 results
    • 2013 results
    • In previous years, the race was just a half marathon.
    • 2012 results | Photos by Karla McDuffie & other photos
    • 2011 results
    • 2010 results
    • 2008 results
    • 2007 results | Photos by Karla McDuffie
    • 2006 results (October 22) | Photos by Karla McDuffie
    • 2006 results (July 16) Previous years’ web pages:
    • 2012
    • 2011
    • 2010
    • 2009, 2008, 2007
    • 2006 (July 16) –> 2019 letter to entrants:
    • Letter to 2019 entrants

      –> Read this inspiring message from Rosemary Spraker:

      Dear Jay,

    • Would it be possible for me to be assigned bib number 261?
    • #261 was Kathrine Switzer’s original Boston Marathon race number in 1967 and her 50th anniversary run in 2017.
    • The BAA has now retired bib number 261. It has been my dream to be assigned #261 in a marathon.
    • I was honored to run with Kathrine as her protector and sidekick during the 2017 Boston Marathon (see the pictures).
    • I took the Facebook Live video of her in the middle of the marathon as well. See
    • I am a 261 Fearless Ambassador and fundraiser for her non-profit organization to empower women through the joy of running.
    • I will share my marathon pictures and your marathon with Kathrine and the rest of the 261 Fearless worldwide network on and on social media.
    • I appreciate your consideration. : )
    • — Rosemary Spraker

      Dear Rosemary:

    • I have #261 waiting for you! I was the guy you passed going up Heartbreak Hill wearing a “WIND ROMA TOTTI 10” t-shirt. I’ll never forget you!
    • — Jay Jacob Wind –> Headphones and water belts
    • Re personal listening devices, we follow USATF rule 144.3.b (Assistance to Athletes): “The visible possession or use by athletes of video, audio, or communications devices in the competition area. The Games Committee for an LDR event may allow the use of portable listening devices not capable of receiving communication; however, those competing in championships for awards, medals, or prize money may not use such devices.
    • Because we must be able to communicate instructions to you at certain points in our races, we specifically allow wearing headphones during the race, but we specifically prohibit wearing headphones at these points:
      • Start line
      • Aid stations
      • Turnaround 1
      • Midpoint
      • Turnaround 2
      • Finish line
    • Since we offer prize money ($250, $150, $100 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd M/F), we ask you to follow this rule: if you expect to finish in the money, please don’t wear headphones. Because of the specificity of Rule 144.3.b, we must disqualify potential money-winners whom we see wearing headphones or other two-way devices such as cell phones and the new talking wristbands. Sorry about that.
    • You may carry water or wear a hydration vest, but won’t it slow you down? We have aid stations with water and Gatorade roughly every two miles. –>

      Make checks payable to SHF 611 South Ivy Street , Arlington VA 22204-2429

      By entering this event, I agree, warrant and covenant as follows: I know that running is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter or run in competitive runs unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I assume all risks associated with running in this race including, but not limited to, CONTRACTION OF ILLNESS INCLUDING COVID-19, falls, contact with other participants, the effects of weather, including high heat and/or humidity, the conditions of the road and traffic on the course, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts, and in consideration of your acceptance of my application, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release National Park Service, RRCA, USATF, Buy A Brick Foundation, DC Capital Striders, Safety And Health Foundation, and all sponsors, their directors, officers, employees, agents; representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver. I acknowledge that the application fee shall be non-refundable. I agree that you may use my name and likeness for publicity purposes.

      Signature ______________________________________ (parent or guardian if under 18)

      Name ___________________________________________ Gender [__] (M|F) Age as of 9/12/2020 [__ __]

      Address _________________________________________ Birthdate ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ (mm-dd-yy)

      City ST ZIP _______________________________________ Phone ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

      E-mail ___________________________________________ T-shirt _____ (XS S M L XL XXL)

      Best 13.1/26.2 mi ____:__ __ Where? ________________________ Date _____________________
      Citizenship (State or County) _____________________________ You are automatically on your state’s or country’s co-ed team, top 3 count

      Enclosed is my entry fee, payable to SHF:

      Enclosed is an additional tax-deductible donation of $____________ to BuyABrick Foundation

      [_] $5 Local [_] $10 County [_] $25 State [_] $50 Nation [_] $100 Continent [_] $250 World [_] $500 Galaxy [_] $1000 Universe

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