• We share everyone's concerns about COVID-19 and its spread in the population
  • We operate subject to the regulations of National Park Service
  • Currently, all races on National Park Service property are cancelled
  • Read "Record of Determination for a Public Use Limitation to Prevent Spread of COVID-19"
  • We will inform you via this page and via e-mail as soon as possible
  • As needed, we will convert our large-gathering races into virtual races that you can run on our own and report your times and dates back to us

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

    Abebe Bikila Day
    International Peace Marathon & Half
    Saturday, September 12, 2020

  • 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

  • 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
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  • Book a ride with Red Top Cab ($10 round-trip)
  • 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 12, 2020
          • September 11, 2021
          • September 10, 2022
  • 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
  • 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:

  • 2020 Boston Marathon Qualifier! | Both 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM starts
    • September 12, 2020, is the final Saturday to qualify for 2021 Boston Marathon
    • We submit marathon finisher times to Boston Athletic Association by 9:59 AM on Monday, September 14, 2020

  • 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
  • Course Maps:

  • T-shirt & Medal Design:

  • 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
    • All finishers receive medals and post-race picnic
    • Full marathon is a qualifying race for Boston Marathon
    • Half and full marathon are both qualifying races for Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, and Olympic Trials Marathons
    • 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 6.5546875 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:

  • Sponsors:

  • ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute
  • Seven convenient locations -- if it hurts, call ACE first at 703-205-1233
    Red Top
  • Red Top Cab
  • For convenient pick-up at National Airport or anywhere into / outside Arlington, call Red Top Cab at 703-522-3333
  • Carb Boom! Energy Gels
  • Read all about Carb BOOM! Energy Gels

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

    Pacers Running Store, 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA 22201 (703-248-6883), and five other locations

    Simone Super Energy™
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  • Technical documentation by Dr. Charles Simone:

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  • 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 5, 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 6, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM | Pacers Running Store, 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA | MAP
  • Saturday, September 7, 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 Key Bridge Marriott 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 16, for only $5.00 one-way, $10 round-trip
  • Please register for Red Top Cab in advance or call 703-522-3333 to arrange your own ride from Arlington to Fletcher's or back
  • 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 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


  • Complete results are up'n'running
  • 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
  • 2011 results
  • 2010 results
  • 2008 results
  • 2007 results
  • 2006 results (October 22)
  • 2006 results (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 https://www.facebook.com/KathrineSwitzer/videos/1349804755087804
  • 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 www.261fearless.org 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.

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    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, 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.


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    Enclosed is my entry fee, payable to SHF:

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    [_] $70 by February 29
    [_] $80 by April 30
    [_] $90 by August 31
    [_] $100 by September 12 if we're not sold out
    $10 discount for members of supporting clubs and active-duty military
    No race-day registration, please
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