About The Fund

FBI Special Agent Martha Dixon

The Martha Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to preserving the memory of slain FBI Special Agent Martha Dixon by hosting family-oriented public events and funding the construction and renovation of playgrounds in the Pittsburgh area.

Martha received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982 and worked as a forensic chemist for the Arkansas State Crime Lab. She joined the FBI in 1987 and, while assigned to the Knoxville Field Office, became a technically trained agent and the first female SWAT team member for that field office. Martha was assigned to the Washington (DC) Field Office in 1992 and worked drug cases, violent crimes, and cold cases. Martha looked forward to returning to forensics and was a founding member of WFO’s Evidence Response Team, which was renamed the Dixon-Martinez Evidence Response Team in her honor.

Martha with FBI SWAT, Knoxville 1991
Martha and her sisters

Her family and friends channeled their grief into efforts to continue Martha’s two passions, running and children. The Martha Fund was formed in 1995 to raise funding for playground projects in her hometown. The Martha Fund’s main fundraising effort is Martha’s Run, a challenging 10K run and 2K run and walk through the rolling hills of Mt. Lebanon. Since the first fundraiser in 1995, The Martha Fund has gifted many smaller grants to assist playground projects, and in 2007, the signature project, Martha’s Playground, was unveiled in Mt. Lebanon Park. The Fund continues to support playground projects in the Pittsburgh area and is poised for another Martha’s Playground in the future.

Martha's Playground in Mt Lebanon
21
Years
2500+
Supporters
$135k
Project Funding
20
Playgrounds

Remembering Martha

The Beginning

The Martha Fund is formed as a 501(c)(3) charitable trust fund to honor Martha's sacrifice and celebrate her life. With a Board of Directors and trustees consisting of present of members of Martha's family, Ken Dixon, her father and the retired Allegheny County Director of Elections, served as the Chairman of the Board and one of five trustees until his death in 2000.

1995

FBI Recognition

On May 21, Martha is posthumously awarded the FBI Memorial Star and Medal of Valor. The plaque accepted by her parents read "The heroic actions of Agent Martinez prevented the possibility of even greater loss of life and serious injury to other law enforcement officials and citizens within the building."

1996

First Martha's Run

Board members, donors, volunteers, and sponsors work together to organize the first ever Martha's Run. With local news coverage and hundreds of runners, it was a big success.

1997

For The Kids

Inspired by Martha's love for children, a Kid's Race is added to Martha's Run with great success. In its inaugural year, more than 40 children from the greater Pittsburgh area and beyond had a blast competing for prizes in their age group. The Kid's Races remain an integral part of the Martha's Run festivities to this day.

2004

Martha's Playground

On April 7, 2007, the dream of building Martha's Playground was realized with the unveiling of Mount Lebanon's first-ever park, located in the heart of the community where Martha grew up. There is no better place in the neighborhood to enjoy a sunny day.

2007

Honoring Sam Hicks

In honor of fallen FBI Agent Sam Hicks, who was slain on Nov 19, 2008 while serving a warrant in Allegheny County, Martha's Run law enforcement awards are renamed the Sam Hicks' Memorial Awards. Hicks' family joins us for the race and to present the awards dedicated to his sacrifice. To learn more about Sam Hicks and the Memorial Fund set up by his family and friends in his name, visit their website

2009
Early Bird Registration is Open!

Martha's Run

Martha Dixon loved life. She was an avid runner and a loving family member and friend, often combining running events with special visits. Inspired by her passion, one of our primary fundraisers is a 10K race through the tree-lined streets of Mt. Lebanon. Each year, hundreds of runners of all ages join us in the spring for Martha's Run to celebrate Martha's legacy and pay special tribute to all members of our law enforcement community. Following the races, runners and non-runners alike come together for food, music, and celebration while awards are presented to the winners of each age group.

In addition to the 10K race, Martha's Run events include a 2-mile run and a 1-mile run/walk open to all ages. And because the Martha Fund is all about the kids, all children are invited to participate in the thrilling Kid's Races held on the Mt. Lebanon High School track at the conclusion of the 10K. Register today and join us for the 21st annual Martha's Run on Saturday April 8, 2017.

Each year we seek corporate support to help us meet the costs of Martha’s Run, and we offer various forms of recognition or advertising in return. If you are interested in helping us sponsor our next event, please get in touch with us at themarthafund@gmail.com. The Martha Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so that donations made to it are tax deductible to the donor, and we welcome any kind of support.

Register today for the 21st annual Martha's Run on Saturday April 8, 2017!

2016 Race Highlights

  • Cara DeCarlo blew through the course to become our overall women's champion with a time of 42:58

  • Brad Popple came ready to race too, capturing the overall men's trophy with an impressive time of 35:03

  • Our law enforcement division winners, Stephen Kaufman and Brook Riordan

  • Paul Dixon hands awards to Stanley Wolowski (20) and John Maliky (19), who have run every race with us since 1996

  • Our gracious volunteers, up before dawn to lay down the cones and barricades that keep our runners safe

  • Jeff Bedford, Martha's partner, gets a high-five from her sister Monica as he crosses the finish line

  • First one to finish and he doesn't even look tired! Great job Brad!

  • Finishing off the miles with a great big smile :)

  • Our women's champion finished strong as she breaks through the tape. Way to go Cara!

  • She looks ready to go again!

  • Despite the cold, our Martha's Run kids had a blast!

  • 11 weeks old makes this our youngest participant yet! We sure do start them early in Pittsburgh!

  • Martha's niece Katie is hoping for warmer weather in 2017, but we'll be running rain or shine!

  • Thanks to our runners and donors, we were able to contribute to St. Anne's School playground in 2016.

Our Sponsors

Playgrounds

  • Marthas-Playground

    Martha's Playground

  • Holy-Family-Institute

    Holy Family Institute

  • Bird-Park

    Bird Park

  • Jefferson-Elementary

    Jefferson Elementary

  • Holy-Rosary-Elementary

    Holy Rosary Elementary

  • Edgeworth-Elementary

    Edgeworth Elementary

  • heidelburg

    Heidelburg Park

  • freeport-kindergarten

    Freeport Kindergarten

  • pathfinder

    Pathfinder School

  • st-simon-jude

    St Simon and Jude Parish

  • markham

    Markham Elementary

  • cloverleaf-ymca

    Cloverleaf YMCA

  • st-annes

    St Anne's School

  • belzhoover-school

    Belzhoover School

  • lincoln-school

    Lincoln School

  • howe-school

    Howe School

  • foster-school

    Foster School

  • st-killian

    St Killian

  • monongahela

    City of Monongahela Playground

  • dixon-field

    Dixon Field

The Martha Fund
933 Rockwood Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
Thank you for your support!