19½th annual
ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute
Potomac River Run Marathon & Half



19½th annual ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute
Saturday, October 1, 2022
  • Start times
  • 8:00 AM FULL Marathon
  • 9:00 AM HALF Marathon

  • In memory of Dean Shulman
    (September 25, 1961 - May 8, 2012)

    Washington Post obituary
    In memory of Dean, from The Book of Jewish Common Prayer


    Wendy3 Wendy2 Wendy Martinez (1983-2018)
    Is this race going to happen?

    We run on Federal Government National Park Service property, so we must follow their instructions.

  • We intend to conduct this race under all conditions, and we have in the past.

  • If the Federal Government shuts down all outdoor activities, only in that case would we cancel or postpone.

  • Otherwise the race will go on as planned.

  • We will use our web site, our e-mail list, and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/SafetyAndHealthFoundation/ to provide announcements.

  • Our time the next two days is very limited, so don't call or write unless it's urgent and this message wasn't enough.

  • Preview the status of entries and see your bib number in advance
  • Enter on-line for the races
    or pre-race dinner at 6:30 PM at Bronx Pizza
    or Red Top taxi rides at 7:00 from Crystal City Marriott

  • Express Registration (No password required)

  • Enter by mail (PDF) • | • DOC
  • On the historic C&O Canal Towpath  
    Start & finish at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC

    The Easiest Marathon in America -- Flat course, no road crossings, no turns


  • Open to
    • Runners of all levels of ability who can cover the marathon course in less than 6 hours
    • No time limit in the half marathon
    • Limited to the first 350 entrants
    • Join our Facebook page -- share rides, thoughts, and photos!
  • Questions? Write the race director

  • Registration Medal
    • We accept the first 350 entrants
    • Entry fees:
    • $50 on or after October 1, 2021
    • $60 on or after January 1, 2022
    • $70 on or after March 1, 2022
    • $80 on or after May 1, 2022
    • $90 on or after July 1, 2022
    • $100 on or after September 1, 2022, if space remains
    • Members of 50 States Club and other supporting organizations and get $10 off
    • No race-day registration, please
    • Entrants receive t-shirt, goodie bag, race refreshments, finisher medal, and post-race picnic
    • We send Boston Athletic Association our certified marathon times
  • Benefits
    • Safety And Health Foundation and its charity partners:
    • Buy A Brick Foundation
    • DC Capital Striders
    • Marathon Charity Co-operation
    • Wendy Martinez Legacy Project
    • On October 2, 2021, Safety And Health Foundation donated $650.00 to Wendy Martinez Legacy Project and $8000 to Buy A Brick Foundation
    • On August 22, 2019, Safety And Health Foundation donated $2000.00 to Wendy Martinez Legacy Project
    • On Facebook’s Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019, we donated $4,000.00 to Buy A Brick Foundation, matched by another donor, and Facebook matched our $8000 for a total of $16,000, a fortune in Zimbabwe
    • We invite you to donate to those charities
    • When you register, you may include a separate check in donation to American Red Cross International Response Fund in Haiti 
    • On November 14, 2015, we donated a total of $200 to American Red Cross International Response Fund in Haiti
    • We gratefully acknowledge donations from Silvia Baage, Ryan Mark Elliott, Sean M. Hendron, Angelica R. Hendron, Robert Elghie Johnson, Deborah Jorgensen, Tammy Jeanne Massie, and Dennis James Weipert

    • On October 14, 2014, we donated a total of $100 to American Red Cross International Response Fund in Haiti
    • We gratefully acknowledge donations from Timothy Buckley, Pam Cogas, Jonathan Raymond Terrell, and Gena Feith

    • On November 17, 2013, we donated a total of $100 to American Red Cross International Response Fund in Haiti
    • We gratefully acknowledge donations from Heather Lengel, Silvia Baage, and Mary McDonald

    • On November 17, 2013, we donated $1000 to Philippine Red Cross (address: Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, PO Box 280, Manila PHILIPPINES 1018; phone: +011-63-527-0000, hotline 143; web page: www.redcross.org.ph to support relief efforts after Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) destroyed Visayas Islands, Bantayan Island, Daanbantayan, Panay, Busuanga Island, Samar Island, and Leyte, where at least 10,000 people are estimated to have died in the city of Tacloban

  • Course
    • Flat - scenic - beautiful views of the Potomac River - tree-lined - shaded - out'n'back
    • The course is 100% unpaved gravel except for about 50 meters across a wooden footbridge and about 50 meters of concrete at Lock 5 and under I-495 to prevent erosion
    • No roads, no crossings, no hills
  • 2023 Boston Marathon Qualifier
  • Course elevation profile: -------------------------------
  • Keepers
  • Awards
    • $250 to 1st, $150 to 2nd, $100 to 3rd overall M/F in the 8:00 AM full marathon -- ALL MARATHONERS must start at 8:00 AM
    • Gift certificates and other awards including SHF warm wooly winter hats and sweathshirts to 1st, 2nd, 3rd by 10-year age-groups M/F in all four races
    • This race is the third of Safety And Health Foundation's 2021 Grand Prix
    • $100 cash award to everyone who finishes all 3 of SHF's full or half marathons in 2021
  • Directions
    • Fletcher's Cove is two miles due west of Key Bridge and one mile east of Chain Bridge at 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC
    • From Georgetown, take M Street NW west past Key Bridge
    • At Foxhall Road, M Street NW becomes Canal Road NW
    • Stay left on Canal Road NW
    • The old stone wall continues from Key Bridge to Fletcher's Cove
    • After two miles, you see the stoplight for Reservoir Road NW at the gap in the old stone wall
    • CAREFULLY turn left into the driveway down to free parking for 85 cars in the upper parking lot
    • When the upper lot is full, bear right at the bottom of the driveway into the tunnel under C&O Canal Towpath
    • At the end of the tunnel, bear left to free parking for 200 card in the lower parking lot
    • If both parking lots are full, we post a marshal on Canal Road NW at Reservoir Road NW to instruct drivers to turn RIGHT up Reservoir Road NW to free parking on-street and at The River School

    • Please approach Fletcher's Cove from the east using M Street NW and Canal Road NW from Georgetown
    • Make a left at the stoplight at Reservoir Road to go down the ramp to Fletcher's Cove

    • Please DO NOT approach Fletcher's Cove from the west from Clara Barton Parkway and Chain Bridge onto Canal Road NW
    • From Canal Road eastbound, making the hairpin turn to go down the ramp to Fletcher's Cove is almost impossible

    • Parking
      • We have about 300 free parking spaces
      • Please carpool or use our Facebook page to share a ride.
    • Drop-off instructions
      • Parking is limited at Fletcher's Cove
      • If you can get someone to drop you off, or if you take a cab or Uber / Lyft, please ask the driver to drop you off at the top of the driveway
      • Don't go down the driveway and try to turn around, because we want to avoid traffic jams
  • Logistics
    • COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS: All food and water handlers will be gloved and masked
    • Please stay masked yourself until you start running.
    • Stay a safe distance from unfamiliar people
    • No high-fives or hand-shaking
    • Dispose of your empty paper cups in the trash bags around each aid station -- let's not have volunteers cleaning up after you
    • If you are sick, coughing, feverish, sneezing, please defer to a future race -- there's always another race, but there's never another you

    • Assisted by
    • Gib Leonard, TeamAfrica.com, Buy A Brick Foundation
      TeamAfrica Elephant

    • DC Capital Striders

    • Marathon Charity Cooperation

  • Packet Pick-ups
    • Packet Assembly:
    • Help us assemble bib numbers and goodie bags, and get your bib number, t-shirt, and goodie bag early on Thursday, September 29, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, ACE Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Institute, 2804 Hartland Drive #401, Falls Church VA (702-205-1233)

    • Pre-race packet pickup:
    • Friday, September 30, 11:00 AM to 5:45 PM, Pacers Running Store, 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA, across street from Clarendon Metro, free parking at Trader Joe's if you buy something -- includes late registration

    • Race-day packet pickup: Saturday, October 1, 7:15 AM to 8:45 AM -- on-site at the picnic tables at Fletcher's Cove
    • You may pick up someone else's bib number and packet if you bring along a signed note or a printed e-mail message from your friend
    • If you want to change your start time or distance, you MUST inform the registrar when you pick up your bib number on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday
    • We will also have a change chart on the timing table at the start / finish line. No, you can't run a 1:50 marathon. We'll know it's a half marathon. ;-)
  • Pre-Race Dinner
    • Join us for pre-race dinner to continue a conversation that may change the world
    • Friday, September 30, 6:30 PM, at Bronx Pizza Restaurant, 3100 Clarendon Boulevard #5, Arlington VA (703-812-0833), next door to Pacers
    • Dinner tickets are $10 for all you can eat ($15 after October 1)
    • Please register for the dinner by September 29
  • Host Hotel
    • Start Date: September 29, 2022
    • End Date: Monday, October 3, 2022
    • Last Day to Book: September 2, 2022
    • Host hotel: Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport, 1999 Richmond Highway, Arlington VA 22202-3526 (703-413-5500) $169.00 per night
    • Reserve your room on-line
    • Or call 703-413-5500 and ask for group "SHF Marathon Oct2022"
  • Race-day off-site parking options
  • You may park near the host hotel and take our Red Top Cab to the start, no searrching for parking on race day!
    • Each cab takes four passengers | First cab arrives 6:55 AM and departs as soon as it has four passengers | Cabs continue until last cab departs at 7:15 AM (don't miss it)
    • For ground transportation from the airport or anywhere else in Arlington, you may call Red Top Cab directly at 703-522-3333
    • You may park anywhere along Reservoir Road between Canal Road and Macarthur Boulevard, including River School, Bending Lane, W Street, and Hutchins Lane, then walk downhill to Fletcher's Cove | Be careful crossing Canal Road

  • Race-Day Events