Safety And Health Foundation

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Read the mission and vision of SHF
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To fulfill the mission of Safety And Health Foundation,
we have assembled selected references from more than 100 published papers
including studies of COVID-19
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  • We have conducted more than 100 events for a wide range of charities domestic and overseas
  • See the list of all past events since Day One of SHF

  • Thank you for participating in our past events:
  • We hope to see you at our future events!

    SHF conducts three marathons / half-marathons per year to benefit charities

  • Saturday, May 6, 2023: ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute 20th annual Potomac River Marathon & Half
  • Saturday, September 9, 2023: ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute 17th Abebe Bikila Day International Peace Marathon & Half
  • Saturday, October 7, 2023: ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute 20½th annual Potomac River Marathon & Half
            • In memory of Dean Shulman (1961-2012), founding director of Safety And Health Foundation and Wendy Martinez (1983-2018)

  • All three marathon & halfs run on the C&O Canal Towpath, starting and ending at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC
  • All three are sponsored by • ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute -- if it hurts, call ACE first at 703-205-1233


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  • Saturday, May 27, 2023: Towpath Half Marathon

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

  • In our 3 marathons, the 8:00 AM FULL MARATHON offers cash awards of $250, $150, and $100 to top 3 M/F overall and commemorative awards to top 3 M/F in age groups 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over
  • The 8:00 AM HALF MARATHON and 9:00 HALF MARATHON offer commemorative awards to top 3 M/F overall and top 3 M/F in the same age groups
  • When you register, you may also select to join us for the traditional pizza dinner the night before ($10, May and October only) and 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
  • In addition, 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

    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

  • 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).
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