High Cloud Athletics

High Cloud Foundation presents

International Peace Half-Marathon  (13.1 miles, 21.0975 km)
Saturday, September 11, 2010 – 8:00 am
C&O Canal Towpath from Potomac Street NW from Georgetown, Washington DC

to Lock 7 and back

A great tune-up for fall marathons!   Enter early and save $20

On-line at www.highcloud.org/20100911 or call 703-927-4833 or write racedirector@att.net

Register On-Line Via Active.Com | Enter by mail PDF

Host hotel   Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington VA 22209 (703-524-6400) one mile from start (special rate by August 14)

Pre-Race     Packet pick-up Georgetown Running Company, 3401 M Street, Washington DC (703-337-8626) Friday, September 10, 2-6 PM

Race Day     Packet pick-up on-site 1015 33rd Street NW, Washington DC, Saturday, September 11, 6:45-7:45 AM No race-day registration

  • In memory of the victims of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we ring a memorial bell 184 times at 7:45 AM
  • Course:  Flat, fast, 100% unpaved gravel, scenic views of the Potomac River – starts 250 meters east of Milestone 1
  • Water/Aid stations at Milestones 3, 5, and 7, assisted by Capital Area Runners and DC Capital Striders
  • Course will be USATF-certified Presented by the team that brought you Cloud Snapple Half Marathon  
  • Compete with the area’s top international athletes Medals for all finishers  Limited to the first 250 entrants 
Post-race    International music & refreshments Awards to state & nation teams You are automatically on your state’s or nation’s team, top 3 count

  • $1,000 in prizes • $250 for 1st • $150 for 2nd • $100 for 3rd • M/F 
  • Commemorative t-shirt and medals for all finishers
  • Gift certificates from Georgetown Running Company for top 3 finishers by 10-year age-group M/F


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Make checks payable to HIGH CLOUD  611 South Ivy Street, Arlington VA 22204-2429

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, USATF, High Cloud Foundation, Marathon Charity Cooperation, 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 High Cloud Foundation may use my name and likeness for publicity purposes.


Signature ______________________________________ (parent or guardian if under 18)


Name _____________________________________________________        Gender [__] (M|F)   Age as of 9/11/2010 [__ __]

Address ___________________________________________________       Birthday ____ ____-____ ____-____ ____ ____ ____ (mm-dd-yy)

City ST ZIP _________________________________________________       Phone ____ ____ ____-____ ____ ____-____ ____ ____ ____

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

Best 13.1 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 High Cloud:

Non-High Cloud members                                                                   High Cloud or MCC members

[__] $30 by June 30                                                                               [__] $20 by June 30

[__] $35 by August 31                                                                           [__] $25 by August 31

[__] $40 by September 9                                                                       [__] $30 by September 9

[__] $50 on September 10, 2-6 PM, at Georgetown                             [__] $40 on September 10

Running Company 


Enclosed is an additional tax-deductible donation of $____________ to HIGH CLOUD FOUNDATION

[__] $ 5 (Wisp)   [__] $10 Puff   [__] $25 Breeze   [__] $50 Cirrus   [__] $100 Cumulus   [__] $250 Nimbus   [__] $500 Stratus

11 September is also Ethiopian New Year’s Day,

and September 10, 2010, is the 50th anniversary

of Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila’s first Olympic Marathon Gold Medal


REMEMBERING A MAN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD. Abebe Bikila was born in Mout, Ethiopia, August 7, 1932, the day of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Marathon. 28 years later, on September 10, 1960, he ran the Rome Olympic Marathon barefooted. He and his coach, Onni Niskanen, planned his decisive move to be one kilometer from the finish, where the course passed the Obelisk of Axum, a monument plundered from Ethiopia by Italian troops in 1935 and taken to Rome. When Bikila reached the obelisk, he pulled away from Rhadi Ben Abdesselem of Morocco to win by 200m in 2:15:16. His victory made him a national hero and inspired athletes around the world. At the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Marathon, despite an appendectomy 40 days before the race, Bikila ran again, this time in socks and shoes. He took the lead by the halfway mark and won by more than four minutes. His time, 2:12:11, was a world best for the marathon -- and the first time anyone won two Olympic marathons. Instead of a victory lap in Olympic Stadium, he performed jumping jacks and other exercises after his race while other runners crossed the finish line. At the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Marathon, Bikila tried for a third win, but affected by the heat and altitude, he dropped out after 17 kilometers, instead cheering on his countryman Mamo Wolde to victory. In 1969, a car crash near Addis Ababa left Bikila paralyzed from the waist down. As a wheelchair athlete, he won gold medals in 1970 at 10K and 25K cross-country sledge competitions in Norway, but he never regained full health and died in Addis Ababa on October 25, 1973.
Sources: www.wikipedia.org | www.olympic.org | www.ethiopians.com
The Obelisk of Axum that motivated Abebe Bikila was returned to Axum, Ethiopia, in April 2005 and awaits re-assembly.  Bikila's memory lives on.

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