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Abebe Bikila Day
International Peace Marathon & Half

Abebe Bikila Day
International Peace Marathon & Half
Saturday, September 16, 2017

9:00 AM competitive start (with complete awards)
8:00 AM non-competitive start (with some awards)

C&O Canal Towpath at
Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC

Abebe Bikila
Abebe Bikila Medal
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  • Book a ride with Red Top Cab ($5)
  • Arrange a transfer to another ($10)
  • Race-day photography by Chessie Photo
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  • Future years' dates:
          • September 16, 2017
          • September 8, 2018
          • September 14, 2019
          • September 12, 2020
          • September 11, 2021
  • Results
  • 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
  • Past years' results (2006-2012 - This event was a half marathon in past years)
  • Invitation:
    • 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

  • Live Musical Entertainment
    • 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon -- Anna 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:

  • 2017 Boston Marathon Qualifier!
    • September 16, 2017, is the final Saturday to qualify for 2018 Boston Marathon
    • We submit marathon finisher times to Boston Athletic Association in the evening on race day

  • Supported by these charities:

  • Buy A Brick Foundation
  • TeamAfrica
  • 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
  • Course Maps:

  • T-shirt & Medal Design:

  • Start Times:
    • Competitive Start at 9:00 AM -- All award winners must take the 9:00 AM start
    • Optional 8:00 AM start for marathoners who need more than 5 hours to finish, or for anyone who wants one hour of cooler temperatures.
    • Both start times are Boston Marathon qualifiers, with medals and post-race picnic, but fewer competitive awards in the 8:00 AM start
    • Change your start time to 9:00 AM or 8:00 AM or distance to full or half or vice versa

  • Course:
    • Totally flat gravel trail, alongside scenic C&O Canal Towpath
    • The half marathon is out 6.55 miles to Towpath mile 9.65 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:

  • 2016 Sponsors:

    Covered LIVE by Ethiopian Broadcasting Service,

    Timex Ironman watches

    Timex Ironman watches


    American General Supplies, Inc.

    Altra Running Shoes |

    Falls Road
    Falls Road Running Store, 6247 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209 (410-296-5050)

    Mark Computing
    Mark Accounting & Computing Service (VA: 703-356-9113 DC: 202-541-7979)

    Dama Pastry

    1505 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA 22204 (703-920-5620)

    Dama Market and Restaurant

    1503 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA (703-920-3559)

    Trader Joes

    Metro 29 Diner

    Sponsor Us:

  • Please join us a sponsor
  • Please write us if you want to be an exhibitor or vendor.
  • We announce our exhibitors and vendors two weeks before the race and list them on our t-shirt and web site

    Packet Pick-Up:

  • Thursday, September 14, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM -- Please help with packet assembly | 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM -- Pick up your packet early | Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th Street South, Arlington VA 22204
  • Friday, September 15, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Pacers Running Store, 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA | MAP
  • Saturday, September 16, 6:30 AM to 8:45 AM | on site at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC

    Race-Day Announcer:

  • "Showtime Mike" Mebreahtu
  • ShowtimeMike
  • Watch Showtime Mike do his thing on YouTube


  • See for the international commemoration of the anniversary
          of 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,
          we ring a memorial bell 184 times at 8:45 AM before the race

    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


  • 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


  • Specially-cast finisher medals, prizes, raffles, and on-course support to keep you pumped up, sponsored food and beverages and much more!
  • You get a whole VIP experience with your victory celebration!
  • We have everything to make this a great event.
  • It is more than a race; it is global event embracing many communities, children and runners at once!


  • $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


  • We have 150 spaces at Fletcher's Cove's riverside parking area, and we want to leave some spaces for other park users.
  • Once we fill all the parking at Fletcher's Cove (maybe 8:15 AM), we direct cars to turn right on Reservoir Road towards free on-street parking, 0.3 to 0.7 miles away.
  • Please take our Red Top Cab from Key Bridge Marriott, or our Range Rover from Stadium-Armory Metro Station, or car-pool to minimize parking delays.

    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 13, for only $5.00
  • We offer Range Rover from Stadium-Armory Metro Station to Fletcher's Cove departing at 6:30 AM on Saturday, September 13, for only $10.00
  • Please register for either taxi service in advance.
  • From westbound Clara Barton Parkway, Red Top Cab and Range Rover drop you off at Canal Road and Reservoir Road.
        • The taxis do not enter the small parking area at Fletcher's Cove next to Canal Road.
        • The taxis are one-way. After you finish your race, please ask the announcer to page the crowd for a ride back. Almost everyone who drives to the race goes back via Georgetown and Key Bridge.

    An SHF 2017 Grand Prix race:

  • If you complete either race, you are entered in SHF's 2017 Grand Prix Series.
  • $100 cash award to anyone who completes all three SHF half or full marathons in 2017 - May 7, September 16, and October 28


  • Complete results will be up'n'running the afternoon of the race at
  • 2016 results
  • 2015 results
  • 2014 results
  • 2013 results
  • In previous years, the race was just a half marathon.
  • 2012 results
  • 2011 results
  • 2010 results
  • 2008 results
  • 2007 results
  • 2006 results (October 22)
  • 2006 results (July 16)

    2016 letter to entrants:

  • Letter to 2016 entrants

    2015 letter to entrants:

  • Letter to 2015 entrants

    2014 letters to entrants:

  • Letter to participants on September 14, 2014, announcing the OFFICIAL results
  • Letter to participants on September 14, 2014, revising the UNOFFICIAL results
  • Letter to participants on September 13, 2014, announcing the UNOFFICIAL results
  • Letter to participants on September 12, 2014
  • Letter to participants on September 5, 2014
  • Letter to participants on September 3, 2014

    2013 letters to entrants:

  • Letter to participants on September 14, 2013
  • Letter to participants on September 14, 2013
  • Letter to participants on September 13, 2013
  • Letter to participants on September 12, 2013
  • Letter to participants on September 10, 2013
  • Letter to 8 AM starters only on September 9, 2013
  • Letter to participants on August 1, 2013
  • Letter to participants on August 29, 2013
  • Letter to participants on September 4, 2013
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    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, 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, BuyABrick 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 9/16/2017 [__ __]

    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:

    [_] $60 by December 31
    [_] $70 by February 28
    [_] $80 by April 30
    [_] $90 by June 30
    [_] $100 by September 15
    No race-day registration, please
    [__] Marathon
    [__] Half Marathon

    [__] 9:00 AM (competitive, full awards)
    [__] 8:00 AM (non-competitive, some awards)

    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