• We operate subject to the regulations of the jurisdictions of our race, for instance C&O Canal Towpath
  • Some jurisdictions required masks in 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 resumed full in-person races in August 2021

  • ACE Physical Therapy
    & Sports Medicine Institute
    Abebe Bikila Day
    International Peace Marathon & Half

    Abebe Bikila Day

  • 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)

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

  • Results
  • Complete UNOFFICIAL 2021 results
  • To be sent Sunday, September 12, 2021, to Boston Athletic Association

  • Complete OFFICIAL 2020 results
  • Sent Sunday, September 13, 2020, to Boston Athletic Association

  • 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
  • Join our Facebook page FB

  • Future years' dates:
    • September 10, 2022
    • September 9, 2023

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 2019 Race-day photography by Chessie Photo is on-line now

  • Race director Jay Jacob Wind interviewed
    on Embilta Radio
  • 2022 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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    View our full page ad in the August 9, 2019, issue of ATREF

    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 9, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM -- Please help with packet assembly and pick up your packet early
  • ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute, 2841 Hartland Road #401, Falls Church VA
  • Friday, September 10, 11:00 AM to 5:45 PM | Pacers Running Store, 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA | MAP
  • Saturday, September 11, 7:15 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


  • www.britannica.com/biography/Abebe-Bikila
          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


  • 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 Sonesta Select Arlington Rosslyn 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 Sonesta Arlington to Fletcher's Cove departing at 7:00 AM on Saturday, September 12, for only $10 round-trip
  • From westbound Clara Barton Parkway, Red Top Cab drops 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.
        • If you booked a one-way Red Top Cab, 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.
        • If you booked a round-trip Red Top Cab, after you finish, please form a group of four and ask the dispatcher (look for the sign near the picnic tabl0e) to call a Red Top Cab for you.

    An SHF 2021 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 -->


  • Complete results will be up'n'running the afternoon of the race
  • 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)

    2019 letter to entrants:

  • Letter to 2019 entrants


    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:

    Fees: Non-Members
    [__] On or after December 1 - $50.00
    [__] On or after February 1 - $60.00
    [__] On or after April 1 - $70.00
    [__] On or after June 1 - $80.00
    [__] On or after September 9 - $100.00
    [__] $10 discount for members of supporting clubs and active-duty military
    No race-day registration, please
    [__] 8:00 AM Full Marathon
    [__] 8:00 AM Half Marathon
    [__] 9:00 AM Half Marathon

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

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