Abebe Bikila Day
International Peace Marathon & Half
Saturday, September 10, 2016
9:00 AM competitive start
Optional 8:00 AM non-competitive start
C&O Canal Towpath at
Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC
Book a ride with Red Top Cab ($5)
Arrange a transfer to another ($10)
Race-day photography by Chessie Photo
Read our 2015 welcome letter
Join our Facebook page
Future years' dates:
• September 10, 2016
• September 9, 2017
• September 8, 2018
• September 14, 2019
• September 12, 2020
• September 11, 2021
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
Past years' results (2006-2012 - This event was a half marathon in past years)
2013-2014-2015 Photos by Tony Estrada
Eden Glenn's video of the 9:00 am group | Eden is the girl with black NIKE hat
Live Musical Entertainment
11:00 AM to 12:00 noon --
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 band "Afrofloetry band" which she formed she has shared the stage with the 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.
Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington VA
• $159.00 per night from 9/7/2016 to 9/12/2016
• Last day to book by: 8/17/2016
• Call 703-524-6400 or 1-888-236-2427 and use group name "Abebe Bikila Marathon" or code "M-4IX31YA"
• Reserve rooms on-line
2016 PREMIUM AT PACKET PICK-UP!
HydraPur Water Bag/Bottle -- in Ethiopian colors
-- also PINK
Foldable and reusable water bottle designed for convenient on-the-go use
100% BPA free
Includes plastic cap and twist-off push/pull lid
Features colored matching carabiner with grommet hole
2017 Boston Marathon Qualifier!
September 10, 2016, is the final Saturday to qualify before registration opens on Monday, September 12, 2016
We submit marathon finisher times to Boston Athletic Association in the evening on race day
Supported by these charities:
Buy A Brick Foundation TeamAfrica.com
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
Young African Professionals Network
Young Ethiopian Professionals
Ethio-American Athletics Association
Start and finish at Fletcher's Cove
4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC
USATF certified course DC09005RT
| Color Map
| B&W Map
T-shirt & Medal Design:
2015 Front PDF
2014 Front PDF
Competitive Start at 9:00 AM -- All award winners must take the 9:00 AM start
Optional 8:00 AM start for marathoners who need more than 5 hours to finish, or
for anyone who wants one hour of cooler temperatures.
Optional 7:00 AM start for marathoners who need more than 6 hours to finish, or
for anyone who wants two hour of cooler temperatures (unsupported for first hour)
All 3 start times are Boston Marathon qualifiers,
with medals and post-race picnic, but no competitive awards in the 7:00 AM or 8:00 AM starts
Change your start time to 8:00 AM
Totally flat gravel trail, alongside scenic C&O Canal Towpath
The half marathon is out 6.55 miles to Towpath mile 9.65 and back.
The full marathon is out'n'back twice.
How to place the mile marks
Aid stations with music, water, Gatorade, and Simone Super Energy 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
At the 4 points above, plus:
Under Chain Bridge
Perfect for experienced runners, charity trainees, and first-timers
Open to anyone who can finish within 6 hours
Limited to the first 350 entrants
Covered LIVE by Ethiopian Broadcasting Service, www.ebstv.tv
Timex Ironman watches
Timex Ironman watches
American General Supplies, Inc.
Altra Running Shoes | www.altrarunning.com
Falls Road Running Store, 6247 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209 (410-296-5050)
Mark Accounting & Computing Service (VA: 703-356-9113 DC: 202-541-7979)
1505 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA 22204 (703-920-5620)
Dama Market and Restaurant
1503 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA (703-920-3559)
Metro 29 Diner
Please join us a sponsor
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
Thursday, September 8, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
| Come help with packet assembly (5:00 PM to 6:00 PM) and then pick up your packet early (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
| Walter Reed Community Center,
2909 16th Street South, Arlington VA 22204
Friday, September 9, 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Pacers Running Store,
3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA
Saturday, September 10, 6:30 AM to 8:45 AM
| on site at Fletcher's Cove,
4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC
"Showtime Mike" Mebreahtu
Watch Showtime Mike do his thing on YouTube
for the international commemoration of the anniversary
of 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,
we ring a memorial bell 184 times at 8:45 AM before the race
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
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?
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
Gift certificates from Georgetown Running Company and Falls Road Running Store
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
• African Thumb pianos from Tanzania and flying foot pins, donated by
Mt. Kilimanjaro Marathon
TIMEX IronMan® Road Trainer watches
Please note -- these watches are for our finishers, not for re-sale
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 our Range Rover from Stadium-Armory Metro Station, 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
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 13, for only $5.00
We offer Range Rover from Stadium-Armory Metro Station to Fletcher's Cove departing at 6:30 AM on Saturday, September 13, for only $10.00
register for either taxi service in advance.
From westbound Clara Barton Parkway, Red Top Cab and Range Rover drop 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.
• The taxis are one-way. 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.
An SHF 2016 Grand Prix race:
If you complete either race, you are entered in SHF's 2015 Grand Prix Series.
$100 cash award to anyone who completes all three SHF half or full marathons in 2016 - May 1, September 10, and November 20
Complete results will be up'n'running the afternoon of the race at
In previous years, the race was just a half marathon.
2006 results (October 22)
2006 results (July 16)
2014 letters to entrants:
Letter to participants on September 14, 2014, announcing the OFFICIAL results
Letter to participants on September 14, 2014, revising the UNOFFICIAL results
Letter to participants on September 13, 2014, announcing the UNOFFICIAL results
Letter to participants on September 12, 2014
Letter to participants on September 5, 2014
Letter to participants on September 3, 2014
2013 letters to entrants:
Letter to participants on September 14, 2013
Letter to participants on September 14, 2013
Letter to participants on September 13, 2013
Letter to participants on September 12, 2013
Letter to participants on September 10, 2013
Letter to 8 AM starters only on September 9, 2013
Letter to participants on August 1, 2013
Letter to participants on August 29, 2013
Letter to participants on September 4, 2013
Join our Facebook page to share rides and training tips
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
• 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.
ABEBE BIKILA DAY INTERNATIONAL
PEACE MARATHON & HALF ENTRY FORM
payable to SHF 611
South Ivy Street,
Arlington VA 22204-2429
entering this event, I agree,
warrant and covenant as follows: I know that running is a potentially
activity. I should not enter or run in competitive runs unless I am
able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race
relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I assume all risks
associated with running in this race including, but not limited to,
contact with other participants, the effects of weather, including high
and/or humidity, the conditions of the road and traffic on the course,
risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and
knowing these facts, and in consideration of your acceptance of my
I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release
National Park Service, RRCA, USATF, BuyABrick Foundation,
DC Capital Striders,
Safety And Health Foundation, and all sponsors, their directors, officers, employees,
representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any
arising out of my participation in this event even though that liability
arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named
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.
______________________________________ (parent or
Gender [__] (M|F) Age
as of 9/10/2016 [__ __]
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____ ____ (mm-dd-yy)
City ST ZIP
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_____ (XS S M L XL
Best 13.1/26.2 mi ____:__ __ Where?
or County) _____________________________ You are
automatically on your state's or
country's co-ed team, top 3 count
Enclosed is my entry fee,
payable to SHF:
[_] $60 by December 31
[_] $70 by February 29
[_] $80 by April 30
[_] $90 by June 30
[_] $100 by September 10
No race-day registration, please
[__] Half Marathon
[__] 9:00 AM (competitive)
[__] 8:00 AM (non-competitive, no awards)
Enclosed is an additional tax-deductible donation of $____________ to BuyABrick Foundation
[_] $5 Local
[_] $10 County
[_] $25 State
[_] $50 Nation
[_] $100 Continent
[_] $250 World
[_] $500 Galaxy
[_] $1000 Universe