Thank you for joining Reston Runners
Whether you’re renewing your membership or signing up for the first time, we welcome you to the club. We can help meet a variety of objectives which may include specific running goals, getting into shape, or having company on your runs and walks. This letter contains information about the club, which we hope you’ll find interesting and informative, even if you’ve been a member for many years.
Reston Runners has members of all ages and athletic skill levels who share the enjoyment of running, walking, and staying fit. We are an affiliate of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and a chartered 501(c)(3) organization. In keeping with the policies of our parent RRCA, we welcome members “without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, physical condition, or age." Our primary activities are our group Run/Walks. We also have run/walk activities on holidays and special occasions throughout the year. Our training programs are popular for members as participants and volunteers. Reston Runners love to socialize! You can join us every weekend for breakfast after the runs or at our parties held during the year. More information is provided below. We encourage you to regularly check our web page at Reston Runners where you’ll find information about our regular running/walking schedule and other activities and events.
Mike McCord , President
The club’s mainstay is our weekly group run/walks. We scheduled runs and walks year-round on Saturdays and Sundays. These regular runs include someone to lead the start of the run and a mapped course with water provided. Barring a major storm, there is always someone at the regularly scheduled runs. We also have BYO run/walks, described below.
At all our events, runners and walkers are encouraged to introduce themselves to others running or walking at their pace.
Weather conditions very rarely keep us indoors. Only if the roads are impassible would we not have a scheduled run/walk. Our courses include running and walking routes throughout the trails, paths, and streets of Reston and nearby communities. Our volunteers make water available at the start/finish and the Sunday runs also have sports drink available at the start/finish and at least one additional point on the course.
We meet every Saturday morning at 8 AM at an exotic location (that is, a parking lot at a school, shopping center, or pool) in or near Reston. After introduction of new runners and walkers and brief announcements, everyone heads out at their own pace for either a 3-mile walk or a 5-mile run. The Saturday courses are usually marked by volunteers. On Sundays, we meet at 8:00 during the winter and at 7:00 AM during the summer for a 10-mile run, a 3-mile run/walk, or a 6-mile run/walk. We also include an option for longer runs on Sunday for those runners training for a fall marathon. Many of the Sunday events include an option to run on trails.
The start locations and courses for our Saturday and Sunday run/walks are posted on the web page. Water is available at the start/finish on both Saturday and Sunday as well as in at least one location about midway on the Sunday course. After our weekend runs, those who wish to do so gather to eat, drink, and socialize at a location designated on the web page and usually announced at the start of the run/walk.
Our regularly scheduled run/walks include people of all ages and of all running and walking paces. Whatever your pace, it is likely that there will be others at the same pace, particularly when the weather is good and there is a large group.
We have scheduled informal run/walks throughout the week. The club does not specify a course, although regular participants have developed routines. No water is provided at the BYO walk/runs, thus the name “Bring Your Own”. See the Website Calendar for schedule and details.
Best Foot Forward
Many of our events include a group we call “Best Foot Forward”, or more affectionately BFF. This group is helpful for new or aspiring runners or anyone who would prefer a shorter course and a mix of running and walking.
Other running and walking activities
In addition to scheduled events, Reston Runners provides an occasional special-event run. These events rely on volunteers so they vary somewhat over the course of a year. The following are some special runs that we do regularly
- Airport Run: we take a bus to Reagan National Airport and run back to Reston
- Clark’s Gap Run: volunteers drive runners out to Clark’s Gap, west of Leesburg and we run back to Reston
- Marine Corps Familiarzation Run: we carpool into DC and run a portion of the Marine Corps Marathon course
- Labor Day Appalachian Trail (AT) run: We carpool to Boonesboro, MD and run/walk a section of the Appalchian Trail.
- JFK50: Runners and volunteers participate in the 50-mile JFK ultramarathon in western Maryland.
Reston Runners has its own group on Meetup.com. Many of the runs mentioned are posted regularly on Meetup. Occasional ad hoc events are also posted on Meetup.com. To join, register at Meetup.com and join Reston Runners.
Training and Programs
Several of our members are RRCA-certified running instructors. These members, and others, volunteer their time for various programs which Reston Runners sponsors. Some of these programs have been institutionalized and are held every year. Others vary from year to year; depending upon interest of both volunteers and participates. Some of these programs incur costs and there is a fee for participation.
RR programs are described on our web page and summarized as follows:
- Summer Speed Sessions (SSS), formerly known as the Interval Training Program, is a once a week evening program of track workouts during the summer
- Youth In Motion (YIM): volunteers conduct is a once-a-week summer program for youth ages 3 – 14.
- Women’s Training Program is an eight-session program, conducted in the early spring, for women who want to begin a new exercise program or get back into exercising
- Women’s Distance Festival is a 5-K race for women of all ages. Mother/daughter teams are encouraged
- 10K Training provides training and support for individuals training for a 10K or similar race distance
- Trail Running is available for those who prefer rugged terrain
- Marine Corps Marathon: Sunday Summer club runs offer long run training options.
- Runners Marathon of Reston is a certified full marathon and half marathon
- JFK 50-Mile support is a program for both those who wish to run in the annual 50-mile UltraMarathon and those who wish to volunteer to support the runners
- Airport Run is an annual event which starts at Reagan National Airport and runs back to Reston
- Thanksgiving Day Run is a fun-for-the-whole family event that consists of a cross-country 5K (approximate) and lots of prizes
Our web site RestonRunners.com is updated regularly to provide information on our programs
Events are also organized “informally” by groups of club members who simply arrange to meet each other at a set time and place and go for a run. These groups can be as small as two or three people or as big as 20 or 30 people. Because these activities are not formal, they often are not posted on the web site or made generally known. Often, you can find out about them by listening to fellow runners. For example, if you are interested in running on Thursday mornings, ask around and you might find a group that is meeting and running. These informal groups often use social media tools to communicate activities.
Other Activities and Benefits
The club conducts several social activities, such as breakfast after each weekend run, an annual summer picnic, and an annual club meeting. Reston Runners is often asked to provide support to community events, particularly athletic events. For example, the club does not conduct its normal week-end run on the day of the Reston Triathlon because most of our members either participate in or volunteer to support that event. Reston Runners supports a Community Fund, a financially independent tax-exempt organization, which raises money for community causes, in particular providing scholarships to local high school students who have excelled in running. Reston Runners conducts a program called “Finish Line Services” which provide equipment and people to time local races. Members of Reston Runners are provided discounts at the Potomac River Running store, at the YMCA, Fusion 360.
Reston Runners relies exclusively on volunteers to make all the events and activities successful. Water is provided, trails are marked, web pages are updated, eNews is sent, events are organized and executed, permits are requested, records are maintained, equipment and supplies are purchased, bills are paid. There is a lot to do and all are welcome to pitch in. Volunteering not only helps the club function but it provides an opportunity to meet people. Most volunteers agree that helping out is part of the fun of belonging to Reston Runners.
Our primary communication is via our website and our weekly eNews. The website, which is updated almost daily, contains our schedule, including course maps, as well as information about all our activities. eNews is sent out weekly to club members. Information is often provided in announcements at the beginning of each run/walk.
As noted above, Reston Runners is an independent 501(c)(3) organization governed by a nine-member board of directors, elected annually by the members. Because we are a member organization of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), all members of Reston Runners are also members of RRCA. For more information see RRCA .
Reston Runners’ membership year corresponds to the calendar year. If you join any time after September of the year, you become a member for the remainder of that year and the entire following calendar year.
Our board members are elected by the membership via on-line voting held in January and February each year. Board members terms are from the conclusion of the annual meeting to the following year annual meeting. Current Board members can be seen HERE.
Although we don’t have a lot of rules, there are some guidelines that we ask people to follow.
- Please don’t use bicycles, skateboards, baby joggers, roller skates, or in-line skates during a run/walk.
- Except for our biannual bring-your-pet event, please leave your pets at home.
- We know that some folks like to listen to music while they run but we encourage conversation.
- Although we love children, we cannot take responsibility for those who are not old enough to take care of themselves if they were to get lost or have something happen.
- Above all, be courteous and respect others. As an organization of members of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, this will ensure that our Club provides a great experience for everyone.