Abebe Bikila Day
International Peace Marathon & Half

Abebe Bikila Day
International Peace Marathon & Half

Saturday, September 13, 2014
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

Complete 2013 results
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  • Past years' results (This event was a half marathon in past years)

    2015 Boston Marathon Qualifier!

  • (September 13 may be the last Saturday to qualify before registration opens)

    Course Maps:

  • Start and finish at Fletcher's Cove | 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC
  • USATF certified course DC09005RT | Certificate | Color Map | B&W Map | PDF

    T-shirt & Medal Design:

  • 2014 Front PDF
  • 2013 Front | PDF | Back | PDF | Medal

    Start Times:

  • 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.
  • Both start times are Boston Marathon qualifiers, with medals and post-race picnic, but no competitive awards in the 8:00 AM start
  • 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.
  • 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


  • Perfect for experienced runners, charity trainees, and first-timers
  • Open to anyone who can finish within 6 hours
  • Limited to the first 350 entrants


  • Please join us a sponsor
  • Please write us 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

    Sponsored by:

  • All Ethiopian Sports Association One
  • Georgetown Running Company, 3405 M Street NW, Washington DC (202-337-8626) and 4461 Willard Avenue, Chevy Chase MD (301-215-6355)
  • GRC
  • Falls Road Running Store, 6247 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209 (410-296-5050)
  • Falls Road
  • Dama Pastry, 1505 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA 22204 (703-920-5620)
  • DamaPastry
  • Dama Market and Restaurant, 1503 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA (703-920-3559)
  • DamaRestaurant
  • Zelalem Injera, 2260 25th Place NE, Washington DC 20018 (202-640-2624)
  • ZelalemInjera
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro Marathon, June 28, 2015
  • MtKilimanjaroMarathon

    To benefit:

  • BuyaBrickFoundation TeamAfrica.com
  • TeamAfrica
  • DC Capital Striders
  • DCCS
  • Youth Ethiopian Self-Sufficiency Enhancing Re-education Association (YESSERA)
  • Yessera
    | PDF
  • Ethiopian Athletics Federation in North America
  • DCCS

    Packet Pick-up:

  • Friday, September 12, 3:00-6:00 PM, at Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street NW, Washington DC | (202-337-8626)
  • Saturday, September 13, 7:30-8:45 AM, on site at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW, Washington DC

    Host hotel:

  • Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington VA
        • $129.00 per night from 9/11/14 to 9/14/14
        • Last day to book by: 8/13/14
        • Call 703-524-6400 or 1-888-236-2427 and use Group PRSPRSA
        • Reserve rooms on-line


  • See www.abebebikila11.com 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

    Cultural Exhibition:

  • 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 Seifu Mekonnen


  • 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 other sponsors
          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


  • 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 will direct cars to turn right on Reservoir Road towards free on-street parking, 0.3 to 0.7 miles away.
  • Please take our cab 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
  • We offer Red Top Cab ride from Key Bridge Marriott to Fletcher's Cove departing at 7:00 AM on Saturday, September 13, for only $5.00
  • Please register for the taxi service in advance.
  • From westbound Clara Barton Parkway, Red Top Cab will drop you off at Canal Road and Reservoir Road.
        • The cabs will not enter the small parking area at Fletcher's Cove next to Canal Road.
        • The cabs 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 2014 Grand Prix race:

  • If you complete either race, you are entered in SHF's 2014 Grand Prix Series.
  • $100 cash award to anyone who completes all three SHF half or full marathons in 2014 - May 4, September 13, and November 16


  • Complete results are up'n'running the afternoon of the race at www.safetyandhealthfoundation.org/20140913.html
  • 2013 results
  • In previous years, the race was just a half marathon.
  • 2012 results
  • 2011 results
  • 2010 results
  • 2008 results
  • 2007 results
  • 2006 results (October 22)
  • 2006 results (July 16)

    2013 Official Photos

  • To view and purchase your official photos, see Tony Estrada's album
  • Photos by Tony Estrada Photography, www.backprint.com/tonyestradaphotography
  • Video! Eden Glenn's video of the 9:00 am group | Eden is the girl with black NIKE hat

    Previous years' web pages:

  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009, 2008, 2007
  • 2006 (July 16)

    2013 letters to entrants:

  • Our 2nd letter to participants on September 14, 2013
  • Our 1st letter to participants on September 14, 2013
  • Our letter to participants on September 13, 2013
  • Our letter to participants on September 12, 2013
  • Our letter to participants on September 10, 2013
  • Our letter to 8 AM starters only on September 9, 2013
  • Our letter to participants on August 1, 2013
  • Our letter to participants on August 29, 2013
  • Our letter to participants on September 4, 2013
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    By entering this event, I agree, warrant and covenant as follows: I know that running is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter or run in competitive runs unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I assume all risks associated with running in this race including, but not limited to, falls, contact with other participants, the effects of weather, including high heat and/or humidity, the conditions of the road and traffic on the course, all such risks being known and appreciated by me.    Having read this waiver and knowing these facts, and in consideration of your acceptance of my application, 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, agents; representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in 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.


    Signature ______________________________________ (parent or guardian if under 18)


    Name ___________________________________________       Gender [__] (M|F)     Age as of 9/14/2013 [__ __]

    Address _________________________________________       Birthdate ____ ____-____ ____-____ ____ ____ ____ (mm-dd-yy)

    City ST ZIP _______________________________________       Phone ____ ____ ____-____ ____ ____-____ ____ ____ ____

    E-mail ___________________________________________         T-shirt _____ (XS   S   M   L   XL   XXL)         

    Best 13.1/26.2 mi ____:__ __ Where? ________________________               Date _____________________
    Citizenship (State 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 January 31
    [_] $70 by March 31
    [_] $80 by May 31
    [_] $90 by July 31
    [_] $100 by September 12
    No race-day registration, please
    Event: [__] Marathon     [__] Half Marathon

    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