• We share everyone's concerns about COVID-19 and its spread in the population
  • We operate subject to the regulations of National Park Service
  • Currently, all races on National Park Service property are cancelled
  • Read "Record of Determination for a Public Use Limitation to Prevent Spread of COVID-19"
  • We will inform you via this page and via e-mail as soon as possible
  • As needed, we will convert our large-gathering races into virtual races that you can run on our own and report your times and dates back to us

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



    17½th annual ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute
    Saturday, October 3, 2020 - Start times 8:00 AM FULL Marathon and 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

    Wendy Martinez (1983-2018)
    On August 22, 2019, Safety And Health Foundation donated $2000.00 to Wendy Martinez Legacy Project
    We invite you to donate also

  • • Enter on-line •
  • • Express registration •
  • Including dinner tickets or Red Top taxi rides
  • Enter by mail (PDF) • | DOC
  • Complete 2019 results | Awards
  • Complete 2018 results | Awards
  • You may enter changes between 8:00 AM FULL MARATHON and 9:00 AM HALF MARATHON or vice versa
    using this handy change form
  • Read our Transfer & Deferral Policy and Fee Disclosure
  • We make transfers or deferrals easy
  • Please understand that we do not issue refunds except for military deployment or deaths in the family

    Read our welcome letter on October 4, 2019 | This letter is in your goodie bag
    Read our welcome letter on October 3, 2019
    Olympian Esther Lofgren's 2012 blog
    Chris Crawford's 2012 blog
    2012 photos by Felipe de la Hoz
  • 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
    • Registration 
    • We accept the first 350 entrants
    • Entry fees:
      • $50 on or before October 31, 2019
      • $60 on or after November 1, 2019
      • $70 on or after December 1, 2019
      • $80 on or after February 1, 2020
      • $90 on or after April 1, 2020
      • $100 on or after June 1, 2020
      • $120 on or after September 1, 2020, if space remains
    • 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
    • Read our transfer / deferral policy, our fee disclosure, and our advice to avoid Active.com's upselling
    • Benefits
    • Safety And Health Foundation and its charity partner TeamAfrica.com, Buy A Brick Foundation
    • 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
    • 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 desk lamps, sunglasses, and winter hats 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 2020 Grand Prix
    • $100 cash award to everyone who finishes all 3 of SHF's full or half marathons in 2020
    • Directions
    • Fletcher's Cove is two miles due west of Key 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

    • Join our Facebook page -- share rides, thoughts, and photos!
    • 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
    • Packet
    • Packet Assembly:
    • Help us assemble bib numbers and goodie bags, and get your bib number, t-shirt, and goodie bag early on Thursday, October 1, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th Street South, Arlington VA 22204 (703-228-0946)

    • Pre-race packet pickup:
    • Friday, October 2, 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 3, 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, October 2, 6:30 PM, at Cosi Restaurant, 1801 North Lynn Street, Arlington VA
    • Dinner tickets are $10 for all you can eat ($15 after October 1)
    • Please register for the dinner by October 1
    • Guest speaker: Gib Leonard, Buy A Brick Foundation, building schools and delivering food and medicine in 6 towns in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia)
    • Host Hotel
    • Courtyard Arlington Rosslyn for $169.00 per night
    • Start Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020
    • End Date: Monday, October 5, 2020
    • Last Day to Book: Thursday, September 10, 2020
    • Reserve your room on-line
    • Call 1-888-236-2427 toll-free or 703-524-6400 local, and ask for group "SHF Marathon"
    • Reserve by August 28 for dates 10/1/2020 to 10/5/2020
    • Race-Day
  • Spectator access
  • The HALF MARATHON course is out'n'back ONCE
  • The FULL MARATHON course is out'n'back TWICE
  • Watch the race and volunteer at these points:
    •       • Chain Bridge - Mile 1, 12, 14, 25 | Map
    •       • Lock 5 - Mile 2, 11, 15, 24 | Map
    •       • Lock 6 - Mile 2.5, 10.5, 15.5, 23.5 | Map
    •       • Lock 7 - Mile 4, 9, 17, 22 | Map
    •       • Lock 8 - Mile 5, 8, 18, 21 | Map
    •       • Lock 9 - Mile 5.5, 7.5, 18.5, 20.5 | Map
    •       • Lock 10 - Mile 6, 7, 19, 20 | Map
    • 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
    • Midpoint
    • 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 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
    • Post-race
    • Press Room
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