As long as the Corona Virus remains a dangerous threat, it is essential for individuals to follow the current government guidance, as well common sense safety protocols for group activity and mandatory for participants in Reston Runners runs and walks.
Reston Runner Group Activity
While current local regulations allow gatherings of up to 50 people, and outdoor exercise, properly distanced, is considered relatively safe, the Corona Virus remains a dangerous threat. To promote a safe return to group activity, the Club Board has set forth the following framework based on guidance from the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), developed in partnership with the Chicago Area Runners Association, which all participants are expected to adhere to.
- Intially, meeting locations will be limited to those courses that allow safe distancing, both at the start/finish, and along the course itself (6 feet, but 10 feet while running).
- Bring your own hydration (bottles/packs). The Club is suspending water support. Do not share personal items.
- To promote safe distancing, there will be no general announcements at the start. Look for updates on the Website and eNews.
- Do not particpate if your are feeling sick or ill, or have a fever, or if you have been in contact with someone that has had Covid-19.
- Make a careful decision about particpating if you are in a high risk category (age or underlying medical condition).
- Do run single-file, not two abreast unless there is ample public space to do so. Don't force others off of a sidewalk or trail by hogging the space, or block access to restroom or buildings. Be considerate of others.
- Don't spit or “nose rocket” your nose in public. Bring along tissue.
- Do wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after using a port-a-john. As a reminder, prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
- Post run/walk socializing will be limited to outdoors, maintaining safe distancing.
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RMR Training Program (New!) 2020
12 weeks to 13.1 miles! Starting Saturday, January 11, 2020, an all new training program will be led by run-walk coach Liz Badley. The program starts January 11 and finishes with the Runners Marathon of Reston on April 5, 2020. The Program meets at the same time (8 am) and the same place as the regularly scheduled Saturday Club run - See the Calendar.
Registration is now OPEN.
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Spectrum Shopping Center at the corner of New Dominion Dr and Library Dr. in front of Le Madeleine Restaurant
View: Start Location
- Start in the parking area in front of La Madeleine restaurant and cross parking lot to The Container Store
- cross onto path to the right of The Container Store and proceed through the tunnel under Reston Parkway
- At end of tunnel, turn left and proceed on pathway crossing several roads and down a long hill.There are a couple of jogs in the path so pick the one that seems closest to straight
1.0 Shortly after a cross-path, go through tunnel under North Shore Drive keep the stream is on your left
- At T, turn left across the van Gogh foot bridge then right into Lake Anne Village Center.
- You’ll need to turn left unless you want to run into Lake Anne.
- Keep straight at the end of the plaza to exit the Village Center into the parking lot.
1.3 Cross the parking lot toward the right. There are 2 exits on the far end. Follow the one on the left.
- Cross North Shore drive then onto the short road to Baron Cameron Rd.
- Cross Baron Cameron and enter parking area for Lake Newport Tennis courts.
- Cross the parking area and keep left to opposite side and up to North Village Rd.
- Turn right on North Village Rd, crossing street to stay on wide safe path on left-hand side
2.5 After keeping on path along North Village for about a mile and crossing over Lake Newport Rd, turn left onto path along Center Harbor Rd.
- Cross Reston Parkway carefully at the traffic light and turn left on the path in front of NPVC
- Turn right onto path along Bennington Woods Rd. Stay on path for almost a mile to come to Baron Cameron at traffic light
4.1. Cross Baron Cameron very carefully and proceed onto Town Center Pkwy. Find a safe place to cross the s
4.6 A short distance after crossing New Dominon Parkway, turn left onto Market St.
4.9. At fountain square, turn left and proceed past out to New Dominion Pkwy
5.0 Cross street to return to La Madeleine parking lot
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Marcy Foster, President
Mike McCord, Vice President
Cailin Clinton, Member at Large
Mary Goebel, Director of Walking Programs
John Koss, Secretary
Catherine Nelson, Member at Large
Pablo Raffo, Member at Large
Mary Shedlock, Treasurer
RRCF Donation:The Board discussed the Runners Marathon of Reston (RMR) recommendation to transfer $7000 to the Reston Runners Community Fund (RRCF). The RMR committee is confident that funds remaining after that transfer will be sufficient to pay any expenses for the 2020 race. The Board agreed to the $7000 transfer to RRCF.
Board responsibilities:A recommendation was made to strengthen and formalize the oversight responsibilities of the Board. In particular, oversight of finances is needed to meet the Board’s fiduciary responsibilities. Additionally, an opportunity exists to strengthen succession planning and increase the coordination of programs with the Board and the uniformity of the Club’s practices in presenting our programs. The RMR already has a governing committee and would be excluded from this process. Four areas of responsibility were discussed: Finance, Governance, Programs, and People (to include succession planning.) Marcy, Mike, and Catherinewill discuss possible approaches and return recommendations to the Board.
Publicity: We will ask PRR if we can leave RR flyers. Action to be assigned.
Documenting plans and materials for Club annual events and programs.Catherine and Cailinwill collect descriptions of program plans and records from current program leads. The descriptions, related materials and tools will be posted on the Club’s Google documents repository for use by incoming program/event leads.
Succession planning: New leads need to be selected for the Pool Party and the Women’s Training Program.
Special Event Pages: Bill D’Agostino visited the meeting to discuss his proposal for a web page(s) on which Reston Runners members could add events they planned to participate in. The page would allow other club members to find out who will be participating in an event, prior to the event. After the event, participants who listed themselves on the page could post their results and if desired, view the results of others.
The Board discussion addressed several issues that would need to be addressed, including restriction of access, especially for individuals adding content to the pages, and maintenance. It was suggested that the capability Bill proposed could be implemented more readily on Facebook or Meetup than on the website. Pabloagreed to consider the idea and put together a list of options to implement it.
RRCF Update: Mike presented an update on RRCF activities. The RRCF will be increasing its community outreach and support beyond the scholarships that have been offered to high school students at Herndon and South Lakes high schools. A donation was recently made to Dogwood Elementary School for the Dragon Dash 5K race and is featured on the Web site. The RRCF will be seeking additional opportunities to support elementary and high school track and cross country teams, and fun runs.
RR Logo Contest: More than 40 logo entries were received. Mary Shedlock is consolidating them for review by the Board. Each Board member will individually select the top five logos recommended for further evaluation, and Marywill select a smaller set of logos from that processfor review by the Board and presentation to the general membership for a vote.
Improving course descriptions.Mike presented for comment a sample of an amended course description for an existing course – the Reston South Commuter Lot 10 mile run (street). He incorporated additional cues, especially the numbered Reston Association (RA) trail markers and accumulated distance at each turn. He also added references to the RA trail name(s) (Turquoise Trail, for example) and a link to the RA trail map. All present thought that Mike’s amendments were an improvement, and agreed that updating courses with such information would be useful.
10 weeks to 10K program:John circulated the results of the post program survey. The Board agreed that the program should be continued next year. John identified the following recommendations based on comments made by respondents:
- Consider increasing distance over the program durati
- Consider selecting a venue for the last 3-4 weeks that has better lighting, since it gets dark before the slower participants finish.
- Consider a post-program happy hour or party.
Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. The Club will be holding its traditional 5K cross country style race on Thanksgiving morning. Dennis Hayswill obtain a permit from Lake Fairfax Park. Marcy will look in the locker to find items that can be awarded as prizes, and will procure pies and wine for the winners.
Glory Days fundraising policy change. Previously, Glory Days had an open-ended program of making donations to Reston Runners of a small percentage of any restaurant checks presented by the Club to Glory Days. This policy is being discontinued. If the Club wishes to partner with Glory Days on fundraising, a specific date and duration will need to be established.
Winter Training Program. There have been numerous requests for the Club to present a winter training program to follow the Womens Training Program and the 10 Weeks to 10K program. Shandila Collins will co-lead a Winter Training Program that will meet concurrently with the Club’s Saturday 8 am runs. Liz Bagley is going to prepare a training plan. The training plan is expected to be focused on preparation for the RMR half marathon.
Holiday party: Mike McCord and Donna Rostant are having the holiday party at their house on December 21st. Help will be needed for setup between 3:00 and 4:00 pm.
Treasurer’s report: The present balance is $12,064, not including the two CDs. The Board agreed that it would be best to find a qualified member willing to prepare the tax return as well as the 501(c)3 report. Pablois checking with an individual who could do this.
Annual Meeting. The annual meeting date will be February 15th. Nominations will be offered and reviewed for the Green Jacket award.
Future meeting schedule:The next meeting will be on Saturday, December 14that 9:30 am.
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Lake Anne Village Center 5 Mile Run
Parking Lot Outside Lake Anne Village Center
5 Mile Run
0.0 Cross parking lot toward and into Lake Anne Village Center plaza
0.1 Turn left and cross plaza past fountain and up stairs
- At top of stairs, cross driveway to follow trail
- At end of tunnel under Mooring Dr, bear right onto trail
- Cross covered foot bridge and turn left at T
- At far end of tunnel under North Village Rd, bear left uphill
0.4 After tunnel under Baron Cameron Rd, turn left at T
- Cross foot bridge and bear left toward Browns Chapel
- At Browns Chapel Rd, turn right into Lake Newport Tennis Court parking area
0.9 Proceed through parking area toward far left corner of parking area
- Exit parking area up hill to North Village Rd
- Turn right on North Village Rd, keeping to the right for about 0.1 miles
- Turn right on path down hill toward Lake Newport
1.2 At the bottom of the hill, turn left on path
1.7 After crossing 2 roads, trail comes to end at Waterfront Dr, turn left
2.0 At end of Waterfront Rd, turn left onto path along Center Harbor Rd
- Cross North Village Rd and turn right crossing Center Harbor to path along North Village Rd.
2.3 Follow path keeping left passing through covered picnic area
2.5 When path comes out to North Village Rd, cross street and turn right on path along North Village Rd
- Turn left on path away from North Village Rd.
2.8 Pass under Wiehle; bear right then left to stay on path
2.9 Bear right at fork on path
3.2 When trail ends at Center Harbor, turn right up hill
3.6 At traffic light, cross Wiehle and turn left on trail
4.2 At next traffic light, turn right on path along Baron Cameron
4.5 Turn left through tunnel under Baron Cameron
4.8 After going through tunnel under North Shore Dr, turn right across covered foot bridge
5.0 After stairs into Lake Anne Village Center, cross plaza and turn right to return to the parking lot
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