Abebe Bikila Day International Peace Marathon & Half

Thank you for entering Abebe Bikila International Peace Marathon and Half

Now with 6 weeks to go before the race, we shall keep you informed about the event.

Our host hotel, Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington VA, is less than 3 miles from the start / finish at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC.

They offer a special rate of $109.00 per night from 9/12/13 to 9/15/13, last day to book by: 8/22/13. Call 703-524-6400 or 1-888-236-2427 and use Group PMRPMRA or reserve on-line.

The interstate competition is heating up, with athletes from 22 states, plus DC, Canada, Finland, and United Kingdom.

Here are the tallies:

CA	7
CO	3
CT	1
DC	92
DE	1
FL	1
GA	1
IL	3
MA	6
MD	46
MI	1
MN	1
MT	2
NC	1
NJ	3
NY	9
OH	5
PA	8
SC	1
TN	2
TX	1
VA	67
WI	2
Canada	2
Finland	1
UK		2

No Ethiopian citizens yet! They usually wait till the last week to register, so watch out!

You must have at least 3 on a team to count. Yoo-hoo, Montana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Canada, and UK -- get another teammate so you have a shot at winning!

I'll add a hint about training -- use cool days like today for your long-distance runs, and use hot-weather days for faster, shorter training. The last couple of days were delightful in the DC area.

We are delighted to work with American and Asian Indian Chartiable Trust, BuyABrickFoundation TeamAfrica.com, DC Capital Striders, and High Cloud Foundation on this race. If you want to help pre-race, we assemble bib numbers and goodie bags at my home, 611 South Ivy Street, Arlington VA, on Thursday, September 12, starting at 7:00 PM. We can use everyone's help and be done by 9:00 PM. Thus we will be ready for pre-race packet pick-up on Friday, September 13, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC; and race-day packet pick-up on Saturday, September 14, 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM, on-site at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road.

Because parking is limited at Fletcher's Cove, we encourage off-site parking on Reservoir Road, Hutchins Lane, Bending Lane, V Street, and MacArthur Boulevard, all just a short walk from Fletcher's Cove.

You may also take Red Top Cab to the start line, leaving from Key Bridge Marriott at 8:00 AM, for just $2. Sign up for the cab ride on-line or by mail to
611 South Ivy Street
Arlington VA 22204

We look forward to hosting you on September 14. Running for international peace, one step at a time!

-- Thank you
-- Jay Jacob Wind, Director
-- Safety And Health Foundation