Thank you for entering Abebe Bikila Marathon & Half, Saturday, September 14.

We look forward to welcoming you this weekend.

Packet pick-up times:

o Friday, September 13, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC (202-337-8626). You get a 15% discount on apparel and shoe purchases when you show your bib number

o Saturday, September 14, 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM, on-site at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC.

Two of our volunteers need a ride to the race. If you are driving from suburban Maryland or Washington DC NW and can stop by Randolph Towers ( 3902 14th Street NW), our chief timers Bersabe Belay and Zachary Harris need a ride to the race. Please call Bersabe at 240-343-0195 if you can offer them a ride.

We are delighted to welcome back as our honored guest Mr. Seifu Makonnen, two-time Ethiopian Olympic boxer, founder of Abebe Bikila Day. See http://www.seifutibo.org or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seifu_Mekonnen for his biography. Seifu knew Abebe Bikila personally and holds events annually to honor his memory This race was Seifu's idea.

Seifu's daughter, Selamawit Seifu, will sing the National Anthem at 8:45 AM before the race and introduce the 8:50 AM bell-ringing ceremony to memorialize the 184 victims at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, a tradition at this race.

About 100 runners have signed up for the 8:00 AM start. Good news -- Saturday WILL be a warm day, and the 8:00 AM starters will have an extra hour to finish. We'd like everyone to be done by 2:00 PM, six hours after the 8:00 AM start, five hours after the 9:00 AM start. All starters receive medals and pre-race / post-race refreshments. Both the 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM start are on the USATF-certified course DC09005RT so Saturday's marathon is a Boston-qualifier race for 2014 (if registration is still open on Saturday afternoon) and 2015. If you qualify for Boston 2014 and need a printed certificate, please let us know after the race. We will have blank certificates on-site. About a week after the race, we mail printed certificates to all finishers.

We have gift certificate awards for the 9:00 AM marathoners and a few more awards for winner of the 8:00 AM marathon and the 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM half marathon.

If you selected the 8:00 AM start, we hope to open race-day packet pick-up earlier than 7:30 AM, but please, if you can, pick up your packet (bib number, t-shirt, and goodie bag) on Friday at Georgetown Running Company.

Parking: We have 26 spaces adjacent to Canal Road when you enter Fletcher's Cove. After those spots are filled, bear right and proceed thru the tunnel under C&O Canal and the Towpath. Bear left at tho bottom of the tunnel into a parking lot with about 300 spaces. Alternatively, park on Reservoir Road, V Street, Hutchins Street, Bending Lane, or MacArthur Boulevard. From there, it's a short walk down Reservoir Road to Fletcher's Cove.

Toilets: We have six portable toilets at Fletcher's Cove, two portables and a permanent at Lock 5, one portable at Lock 7, and one portable at Lock 10.

Refreshments: We have water and Gatorade at the start / marathon midpoint / finish, at Lock 5, at Lock 7, and at Lock 10. Half marathoners pass each lock twice, out'n'back. Full marathoners pass each Lock four times, out'n'back and out'n'back. You'll get to know the volunteers at the aid stations!

Please join Abebe Bikila Day International Peace Marathon & Half's Facebook page. See https://www.facebook.com/groups/AbebeBikilaMarathon/ to share rides and encourage each other.

We thank our sponsors:

o Georgetown Running Company

o Falls Road Running Store

o Youth Ethiopian Self-Sufficiency Enhancing Re-education Association (YESSERA)

o Zelalem Injera

We thank our volunteer teams:

o AIMS India Foundation

o American and Asian Indian Charitable Trust

o BuyaBrickFoundation TeamAfrica.com

o DC Capital Striders

o High Cloud Foundation

o Youth Ethiopian Self-Sufficiency Enhancing Re-education Association (YESSERA)

We publish complete results on our web pages www.safetyandhealthfoundation/bikila and www.safetyandhealthfoundation/20130914.html as soon as possible after the race.

We thank you for your participation!

-- Jay Jacob Wind

-- Safety And Health Foundation