In accordance with the Governor's latest executive order, the Club is resuming limited group runs & walks. Observance of Club Covid-19 protocols is still mandatory.
Here is the link to the recording of the recent "fundamentals of falling" talk.
"Yoga for Runners" will be held on Thursday, May 20th at 6 PM. Registration opens May 6th. The last speaker in this series will talk about nutrition for runners and walkers on Wednesday, June 9th at 6pm.
Sad News for the Reston Runners Family
Our e-news editor and long-time member of the Reston Runners, Jim Ratzenberger and his wife Sheila lost their son Michael in a traffic accident this week. Please keep the Ratzenberger family in your thoughts and prayers. The family has provided us the following information:
Mike Ratzenberger, son of Jim and Sheila Ratzenberger and brother to Emily, passed away on April 18, 2021 at the age of 32. His main passion was sports, and he pursued educational opportunities to secure a behind the scenes position with his favorite teams. His happiest day was when he landed his dream job at Monumental Sports & Entertainment in Washington. D.C., where his position enabled him to explore his interests in both sports law and business.
Mike was involved in a number of charities, most recently Sports Biz Cares, which seeks to create career opportunities for individuals that are passionate about sports and currently underrepresented in the sports business. The legacy he left after only 32 years is amazing. He believed strongly in giving back and would have been happy to know the scholarship created in his name will create opportunities for those who could benefit from the help.
His family, friends, and others in his life will miss him dearly. A visitation/commemoration is being planned. In lieu of flowers or meal deliveries, memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship set up in his name through Sports Biz Camps.
Update on Reston Runners programs
Your Reston Runners board and program leaders hope to conduct some of our programs and events in the summer of 2021, such as the Women's Training Program, the Seize the Day 5K, Youth in Motion and 10 Weeks to 10K. But all of these are subject to progress in the fight against COVID and our ability to get permits. Some programs may not be possible, some may be redesigned or delayed. Please keep checking back with us.
Reston Sprint Triathlon - Rescheduled to August 15, 2021
It's official - https://restonsprinttri.org.
Return to Group Runs and Walks – Governor Northam increased the limit on outdoor group gatherings to 100 persons as of April 1st. This allows our Club to resume group runs and walks, with some restrictions for everyone’s safety:
- Beginning in April, we are expanding our menu of weekend course offerings.
- You are not required to wear a mask outdoors when exercising.
- You are still required to wear a mask outdoors otherwise, unless you are at least 6 feet away from others. So please bring a mask with you for before and after the run/walk and so that you can quickly cover your face when you are passing another person on the path.
- Be mindful of others as we get back out on the paths – distancing is still a best practice.
- If we have a big turnout, split up the group and stagger your starts!
- We are not resuming club water support or post-run breakfasts at this time.
- You all did a great job of staying safe in 2020 – keep it up! We look forward to taking this first step toward getting back to normal.
President, Reston Runners
Looking to a better year ahead, the Club held a virtual General Meeting on February 21, 2021 at which election results for the 2021 Board of Directors were announced. Members approved proposed updates to the Club Bylaws. Joan and John Koss were the winners of this year's "Joe Fleig Green Jacket Award" for outstanding service to the Club.
Now is the time for those with Memberships expiring in 2020, and past members to RENEW your Reston Runners Membership.
In order to keep the Club financially viable, and to return to more rewarding training programs and social activities as the Pandemic permits, a change was made to the dues and membership structure (see below). To maintain and revitalize your Club, and its support for friendships and fitness, please consider renewing NOW.
Virtual General Meeting was held Sunday September 20 at 7 PM– The motion appoved by a Quorum of members was as follows:
- Effective on approval by vote of the members, Reston Runners new and renewal memberships shall be single-person annual memberships with annual dues of $35.
- Reston Runners will discontinue family memberships.
- These changes will take effect when members renew.
Why did we make this change? See these LINKS for supporting FAQ, rationale and overview financial statement, and detailed financials.
Thank you everyone for your questions, comments, and participation.
Reston Runners Policy on Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
Reston Runners has and will continue to strongly support our Club and RRCA values and policies of inclusion and non-discrimination. However, in light of the shocking murders of George Floyd, our fellow runner Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others, we recognize that as Americans we have an opportunity and responsibility to become a more just society. We accept the challenge, on behalf of all our club members, to state and to live these values. In that spirit, the board today unanimously adopted the following statement.
Mike McCord, President, July 11, 2020
Safety Protocols for Group Runs/Walks Issued – The Club has issued its Covid-19 Safety Protocols, governing how we will conduct our group runs and walks. The overarching principles are that as long as the Coronavirus remains a dangerous threat, it is essential for individuals to follow the current government guidance, as well commonsense safety protocols for group activity. These protocols are mandatory for participants in Reston Runners runs and walks. Please review them before you resume running with the club. I hope you will find them easy to remember and consistent with your own current practices.
Among other things, these protocols call for:
• not participating if you are feeling sick or ill, or have a fever, or if you have been in contact with someone that has had Covid-19;
• making a careful decision about participating if you are in a high-risk category (age or underlying medical condition);
• maintaining 10-foot distancing while exercising and 6-foot distancing at all other times;
• running and walking in line or in the zig-zag pattern in the RRCA Group Running guide (available through the safety protocols link) unless there is ample room to do so abreast or to pass; and
• being a good neighbor when encountering others.
See the link for more details. Compliance with these protocols should reduce risks to you and other Club members, demonstrate to others that we are being responsible, and hopefully reduce the likelihood that others will contact the authorities about alleged noncompliance with safety guidelines.
Bring your own water and sports drinks; communal water support will not be provided until further notice. There will be no organized post-run/walk breakfasts until further notice.
YMCA Reopens– The YMCA has re-opened now that Northern Virginia has moved into phase 2. See the Reston YMCA Website for information on activities offered, restrictions and making reservations.
Travel back vicariously with two, allways well written, race reports by Emmett Delaney recounting his experiences running both Marine Corps Marathon and the New York City Marathon weeks apart in 2013.
Connecting Through Social Media
During this period when we cannot connect with each other as we usually do, we encourage you to use social media to stay in touch. In addition to using your personal social media accounts to post pictures or updates of your workouts and any spring blossoms or wildlife you encounter while out and about, this Reston Runners site tells you how to post your photos on the club's pages. https://www.restonrunners.com/index.php/2-uncategorised/442-social-media
Reston Runners on Social Media - A Great Way to Share & Connect to Reston Runners is on Social Media, a great way to stay informed and participate. From popular sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Meet Up, or Strava where you can upload and share runs. For more info, click HERE. Also one of our members has opened an Instagram account geared to our Run/Walking group. Check it out if interested: https://www.instagram.com/mollysmodsquad/
Non-Members & Guests
Non-members and guests are welcome at Reston Runners runs, walks, and activities, but Reston Runners, its officers, and members assume no liability in conjunction with their participation. By taking part, agreement with the following liability waiver applies.
Antelope Canyon 50 Miler - Read a great race report by Emmett Delaney
Board of Directors Meeting MinutesMinutes are available HERE.YMCA new members discount rates for Reston Runners: 15% discount. Family, 2 adults and full time students $95 per month, 65+ senior couple $72 per month. 8 per month, 65+ senior couple $65 per month.