Safety And Health Foundation

Safety And Health Foundation


  • Our mission and vision

  • To fulfill our mission, we assemble selected references from more than 100 publications, including studies of COVID-19, and
  • We conduct events to benefit a wide range of charities domestic and overseas

  • To fulfill our vision that every race has at least one first-aid certified volunteer at each aid station,
  • We conduct first aid / CPR / AED certification classes at least once each year
  • See this section below to register for this year's class on December 12

  • Thank you for participating in our past events
  • See the list of all past events since Day One of SHF
  • We hope to see you at our future events!
  • Our refund policy

  • Our refund policy is the best in the business
  • We offer 100% refunds in three cases:
    • If you have an airborne infection disease such as COVID
    • Military deployment, or
    • A death in the family
  • In all other cases, we offer the most lenient policy in the industry:

  • Upcoming events in 2023

  • Sunday, December 10, 2023: Chanukkah 8-mile and 1-mile run/walk | Registration is now open | to support JDC

  • Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: First Aid / CPR / AED certification class
  • ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute
  • 8230 Boone Blvd #202, Tysons Corner VA 22182
  • Instructor: Chrissy Fauls
  • $125 per person -- scholarships are available -- write to
  • $100 per person for members of associated groups
  • Limited to 20 entrants (Chrissy has 10 mannequins for CPR training)
  • Enter on-line | Express registration | Enter by mail

  • Upcoming events in 2024

  • SHF 2024 Grand Prix races:
  • Saturday, May 4, 2024: ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute 21st annual Potomac River Marathon & Half | Registration is now open | May the Fourth be with you!

  • September 14, 2024: ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute 18th annual Abebe Bikila Day International Peace Marathon & Half | Registration is now open

  • October 19, 2024: ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute 21½th annual Potomac River Marathon & Half in memory of Dean Shulman and Wendy Martinez | Registration is now open

  • Completed events in 2023:

  • Sunday, October 15, 2023: 11th annual Kinhaven 5k and Fun Fest | Bluemont Park, 329 North Manchester Street, Arlington VA, 9:00 AM | Results available soon

  • Saturday, October 14, 2023: Georgetown Half Marathon | to support to charities promoting girls' education: Mercy Center Foundation in Kenya and Himalayan Children's Foundation in Nepal via Kaimont | Completed! | Results | Awards

  • 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) | Completed! | Results | Awards

  • Saturday, September 9, 2023: ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute 17th Abebe Bikila Day International Peace Marathon & Half | Completed! | Results | Awards

  • Saturday, May 6, 2023: ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute 20th annual Potomac River Marathon & Half | Completed! | Results | Awards
  • Most of our races run on the scenic, flat C&O Canal Towpath, starting and ending at Fletcher's Cove, 4940 Canal Road, Washington DC

  • Most are sponsored by

  • ACE Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Institute -- if it hurts, call ACE first at 703-205-1233


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  • All SHF events offer you a choice of these SHF-branded awards:

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

  • Our 8:00 AM FULL MARATHONS offer cash awards of $250, $150, and $100 to top 3 M/F overall and your choice of awards to the top 3 M/F in age groups 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over
  • Our 9:00 AM HALF MARATHONS offer your choice of awards to the top 3 M/F overall and top 3 M/F in the same age groups
  • When you register for May 6 or October 9, you may also select to join us for dinner at a restaurant in Clarendon the night before for an additional $10
    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
  • 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

  • Our refund policy: We offer refunds only in cases of military deployment, airborne infectious disease, or a death in the family, but we do offer a generous deferral policy: Simply go to the registration page of any future SHF race you want to defer to and select Deferral or Transfer from a Previous Race ($10.00)

    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

  • The qualifying window includes both September 9, October 7, and October 14

  • 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).
  • Complete details