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Safety Reminder and Update on Status of Group Activities:  May 29, 2020

As we reach the end of May, we are encouraged that Northern Virginia is now in Phase 1 of COVID reopening.  We are no longer required to wear face masks while exercising outdoors, although it is still encouraged.  We are still prohibited from gathering in groups larger than 10 people, therefore our group activities remain on hold.  We will continue to monitor state, county, and Reston Association guidelines to see when we might be able to resume our group activities.  Until then, we encourage everyone to stay fit and to keep running and walking, which is easy to do by yourself.  If however you choose to run near another person for safety or other reasons, practice the recommended 6-foot social distancing.  And in this current situation, in consideration of those who share the paths and trails of Reston with you, please don’t spit on the paths.

To encourage safe exercise, we have temporarily turned off the Event Calendar, Please visit our Course Library for a full listing of Run & Walking courses

As noted above, Governor Northam’s latest Executive Order has relaxed some restrictions in Northern Virginia.  It continues to permit you to get out and exercise, provided you comply with the social distancing requirements.  It does not yet provide a basis for the Club to resume group activities. 

Fairfax County has currently banned group but not individual use of trails and in the county.  As many of you know, the paths of Reston are under the jurisdiction of the Reston Association, not Fairfax County.  

Even as restrictions may be relaxed going forward, please use common sense and consideration of others in practicing social distancing and wearing masks in public places where distancing is not practical. 

Recap of Club Impact:

Miss Racing? 

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.

With sadness we note the passing of long time Reston Runner, Patrick Brown, Saturday, May 2nd. He leaves behind his loving partner Leslie, and son Justin. A private Funeral Mass was held on Friday, May 8 at 11:00 am. You may view the service or Pat’s obituary at


Congratulations to Holly Armstrong

On May 2, Reston Runner Holly Armstrong ran the entire 45-mile length of the Washington & Old Dominion trail to raise funds and awareness for the World Central Kitchen and their work in feeding those in need due to the coronavirus.  Holly was assisted, both in terms of both run support and contributions, by many of her fellow Reston Runners, and raised over $4,000.  Well done, Holly!


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.


Runners Marathon of Reston

Due to the closure of Fairfax County Public Schools to outside users, and now to students as well, we are unable to hold the RMR this year.  Please see the event website  for more information.  If you registered for this event you should have received an email from our Race Director Anna Newcomb on March 17 explaining your options and what will happen next.


Looking for Another Race?

Many of us enjoy competing.  Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic is not leaving you many opportunities to race in the near term.  In the District of Columbia, the Rock and Roll Marathon and Half in March and the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in April have been canceled. Other notable cancellations include the NYC half marathon in March, the Shamrock marathon and half in Virginia Beach, and the Charlottesville 10 Miler.

Among the races that have been postponed to sometime this fall are the Boston and London Marathons, the Big Sur and Paris marathons, the Ukrop’s Monuments 10K in Richmond, the GW Parkway 10 Miler in Alexandria, and the Charlottesville marathon.


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 HEREAlso one of our members has opened an Instagram account geared to our Run/Walking group. Check it out if interested: 



Do you have photos you'd like to share on the Website or our Photo Gallery? Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Annual Meeting & New Board of Directors

Thanks to everyone who took part in the Club's Annual Meeting and dinner on February 15, 2020 where the new Board of Directors for 2020 was introduced. You can see the officers and other Board members  HERE. Thanks also to Luz Blakney for producing the slide show at the meeting which highlighted Club members and activities during the previous year. PHOTOS (Photo credit: Pablo Raffo).

VIEW Reston Runners 2019 Finanacial Summary. 


 Logo Contest

The logo overall winner was  Damien DeAntonio.  Finalists were Selemon Getachew and Aleena Edwards. Thanks to all entrants, and to Calin Clinton and Mary Shedlock for managing the competition to update the Club Logo.





Many thanks to Donna & Mike for again hosting our festive annual Holiday celebration.!

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Annual Thanksgiving Run at Lake Fairfax Park (Photo courtesy of Maurice Fliess)

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. 


Water Support

Water and Gatorade are provided on our Sunday runs by volunteers like all our Club activities. Please consider helping with this important role, particularly as the weather warms and calls for additional supplies. The Club provides all supplies. Please contact the Water Coordinator  by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view volunteer or with any questions.  

Antelope Canyon 50 Miler - Read a great race report by Emmett Delaney

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Minutes are available HERE.

Membership Renewal 

Thanks to all renewing members!  If you haven't already, please check your membership status and renew 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.


Member Survey ResultsThank you to everyone who participated in the member survey. Your feedback is essential to providing the best membership experience. Please VIEW the detailed results and contact any board member with comments or questions. Actions taken already include a new system for the weekly eNews letter, and redoing the website to make it more readable on mobile devices. In general, members expressed strong support for all the Club programs. These depend entirely on volunteers. . There was interest in a Winter training program. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us if you can help with this or any program!


Running Form - Tips From Runner’s World  and Other Sources.


Photo Archives - Take A Stroll Down Memory Lane - Remember the Good Times!


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