Safety And Health Foundation

Safety And Health Foundation

  • Our mission and vision

  • To fulfill our mission, we assemble selected references from more than 100 publications, including studies of COVID-19, and we conduct events to benefit a wide range of charities domestic and overseas

  • Thank you for participating in our past events
  • See the list of all past events since Day One of SHF
  • We hope to see you at our future events!


  • Saturday, October 7, 2023: ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute 20½th annual Potomac River Marathon & Half | Registration is now open | in memory of Dean Shulman (1961-2012), founding director of Safety And Health Foundation and Wendy Martinez (1983-2018)

  • Saturday, October 14, 2023: Georgetown Half Marathon | Registration is now open | to support to charities promoting girls' education: Mercy Center Foundation in Kenya and Himalayan Children's Foundation in Nepal via Kaimont

  • Sunday, December 10, 2023: Chutzpah Chanukkah 8-mile and 1-mile run/walk | Registration is now open | to support JDC

  • Saturday, May 4, 2024: ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute 21st annual Potomac River Marathon & Half | May the Fourth be with you! On-line registration is up'n'running!
  • Events completed in 2023:

  • Saturday, September 9, 2023: ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute 17th Abebe Bikila Day International Peace Marathon & Half | Completed! Results | Awards

  • Saturday, May 6, 2023: ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute 20th annual Potomac River Marathon & Half | Results
  • Most of our races run on the scenic, flat C&O Canal Towpath, starting and ending at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC

  • Most are sponsored by

  • ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute -- if it hurts, call ACE first at 703-205-1233


  • Waterford Wealth Management


  • Simone Super Energy™
    Simone Super Energy™

  • All SHF events offer you a choice of these SHF-branded awards:
    • SHF Insulated 6"x6"x6" black and silver lunch kits with room for two sandwiches and two cans of beer
    • SHF Warm wooly winter hats
    • NEW! SHF pocket knives in a protective leather pouch (Warning: Don't carry it in your pocket at airport security -- keep it in checked baggage

  • Our safety precautions | PDF
  • Our emergency response procedures | PDF
  • Volunteer Instructions

  • Our 8:00 AM FULL MARATHONS offer cash awards of $250, $150, and $100 to top 3 M/F overall and your choice of awards to the top 3 M/F in age groups 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over
  • Our 9:00 AM HALF MARATHONS offer your choice of awards to the top 3 M/F overall and top 3 M/F in the same age groups
  • When you register for May 6 or October 9, you may also select to join us for dinner at a restaurant in Clarendon the night before for an additional $10
    and You may take a Red Top Cab ride from the host hotel to the race and back for an additional $10
  • All three marathons benefit Buy A brick Foundation, Marathon Charity Cooperation, and DC Capital Striders
  • The September race benefits Ethio American Athletics Association
  • All of those charities provide volunteer on the course and aid stations
  • The October race benefits The Wendy Martinez Legacy Project • Wendy Martinez (1983-2018) was 81st finisher at SHF's Abebe Bikila Day 8:00 AM Half Marathon on September 12, 2015

  • Our refund policy: We offer refunds only in cases of military deployment, airborne infectious disease, or a death in the family, but we do offer a generous deferral policy: Simply go to the registration page of any future SHF race you want to defer to and select Deferral or Transfer from a Previous Race ($10.00)

    Consumer warning!

  • We use for registration, but we dont't like some of its practices.
  • adds $1.25 plus 7.00% processing fee to every registration up to $149.99
  • Don't buy a MAGAZINE subscription, unless you really want it.
  • Don't buy ACTIVE ADVANTAGE for $89, unless you plan to run at least 9 races this year, so your $10 discount per race breaks even
  • Don't buy REGISTRATION PROTECTION unless you're really really sure you won't run the race -- some race directors will gladly provide 100% refunds upon request (I'm speaking for myself) REGISTRATION PROTECTION must be completed more than 48 before an event. Don't wait till two days before the event
  • If a race web page offers EXPRESS REGISTRATION, you can jump past where it asks you to create a password for future registrations.
  • See this page.

  • The qualifying period for the 2024 Olympic Team Trials Marathon is now open

  • Between January 1, 2022, and December 5, 2023, men and women can qualify for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials by running a half marathon faster than 1:03:00 for men and 1:12:00 for women or a full marathon faster than 2:18 for men and 2:37 for women

  • The qualifying window includes both September 9, October 7, and October 14

  • Directors of half marathons (and marathons) hoping to have their events serve as qualifiers should be aware of the following “fine print.”

  • The event must be USATF sanctioned. Many events that use RRCA insurance and do not offer prize money might not be USATF sanctioned. Qualifying times at such events will not be accepted.
  • The event must be certified by a USATF or World Athletics or AIMS certifier. A list of USATF recognized certifiers appears here.
  • The drop limit of the course must not exceed 3.25 meters/kilometer. There are no start-finish separation requirements (all point-to-point courses are fine as long as they meet the drop limit standard).
  • Complete details