• We operate subject to the regulations of National Park Service C&O Canal Towpath
  • Masks are required in certain areas when physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as narrow or busy trails, overlooks, and parking lots, but not during active recreation in open areas
  • National Park Service posts updates on its and on the park's social media channels, such as National Park Service Public Health Update page

  • We anticipate full in-person races in September and October

  • ACE Physical Therapy
    & Sports Medicine Institute
    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

    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 Abebe Bikila
    Abebe Bikila

    Abebe Bikila Day 2018 shirt

    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

    © 2018 by Karla McDuffie and SHF
    Abebe Bikila Medal
    Enter on-line or Reserve cab rides   •   Express Registration
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  • Book a ride with Red Top Cab ($10 round-trip) from our host hotel at 7:00 AM to Fletcher's Cove
  • Arrange a transfer to another person ($10)
  • Buy an extra t-shirt ($10 on race day, $15 by mail)
  • You can also use Red Top Cab for a ride from National Airport or Dulles Airport to your lodging - call 703-522-3333
  • 2019 Race-day photography by Chessie Photo is on-line now

  • Race director Jay Jacob Wind interviewed
    on Embilta Radio
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  • Future years' dates:
          • September 10, 2022
          • September 9, 2023
  • Results
  • Complete OFFICIAL 2020 results

  • Complete OFFICIAL 2019 results | Awards
  • Sent Sunday, September 8, 2019, to Boston Athletic Association

  • Complete OFFICIAL 2018 results | Awards
  • Sent Sunday, September 9, 2018, to Boston Athletic Association

  • Complete OFFICIAL 2017 results | Awards
  • Sent Monday, September 18, 2017, to Boston Athletic Association

  • Complete OFFICIAL 2016 results
  • Sent Monday, September 12, 2016, to Boston Athletic Association

  • Complete OFFICIAL 2015 results
  • Sent Monday, September 17, 2015, to Boston Athletic Association

  • Complete OFFICIAL 2014 results
  • Sent Monday, September 15, 2014, to Boston Athletic Association

  • Complete OFFICIAL 2013 results

  • 2006-2012 - This event was a half marathon in past years
  • Photos

  • Host hotel:
    • Sonesta Select Arlington Rosslyn, 1533 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA 22209-2701 | 703-528-2222 | Event "SHF Marathon" or "2109SHFMAR" for September 8-13
    • To reserve on-line, use this link
    • $149.00 per night from Wednesday, September 8, 2021, to Sunday, September 12, 2021
    • Directions from Sonesta Select Arlington Rosslyn to Fletcher's Cove
    • 3.3 miles (5.3 kilometers) from race start / finish
    • 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
    • Off-site parking options:
    • You may park near Sonesta Select Arlington rosslyn, 1533 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA 22209, and take our Red Top Cab taxi service to Fletcher's Cove.  Round trip taxi rides are $10, pre-paid only Please register for the taxi by Thursday, September 9 for Saturday, September 11
    • Each cab takes four passengers | First cab arrives 6:55 AM and departs as soon as it has four passengers | Cabs continue until last cab departs at 7:15 AM (don't miss it)
    • For ground transportation from the airport or anywhere else in Arlington, you may call Red Top Cab directly at 703-522-3333
    • Driving route map
    • You may park anywhere along Reservoir Road between Canal Road and Macarthur Boulevard, including River School, Bending Lane, W Street, and Hutchins Lane, then walk downhill to Fletcher's Cove | Be careful crossing Canal Road

  • 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:

  • Buy A Brick Foundation TeamAfrica.com
  • TeamAfrica StompOutMalaria
  • Read about Buy A Brick's Stomp Out Malaria Campaign
  • Read Buy A Brick Foundation's June 2016 report
  • Read Buy A Brick Foundation's letter of thanks for our support
  • View Buy A Brick Foundation's photo album
  • DC Capital Striders

  • Ethio-American Athletics Association

  • Marathon Charity Cooperation
  • Original Course Maps:

  • T-shirt & Medal Design:

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    Publisher: Beitania Balcha | Email: 7866100@gmail.com
    View our full page ad in the August 9, 2019, issue of ATREF


  • Complete results of past years:

  • 2020 results

  • 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)

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