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Weekend Pick: Runners Marathon of Reston

by Karen Goff — March 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm 2 Comments

Runners Marathon of Reston course

The streets of south Reston will be filled with hundreds of runners early Sunday for the second annual Runners Marathon (and Half Marathon) of Reston.

Registration is now closed. If you are running the race, surely you have your logistics all mapped out. But if you live nearby or plan to watch, here are some things to know:

The race begins at 7:30 a.m. at South Lakes High School. The Half Marathon begins at 8 a.m.

Streets such as South Lake Drive, Ridge Heights Road, Sunrise Valley Drive and Glade Drive, among others, will be affected. Roads will not completely close, but lanes will be sectioned off and traffic will be slowed until the course is cleared at 1:30 p.m.

See a complete course map here.

Sunday’s weather: Rainy. Low of 32. High of 55.

Some of the best spectator locations:

  • South Lakes Village Center: After miles 3 and 15.5. The shopping center is on South Lakes Drive, about 0.8 miles east of the high school. Park in the shopping center lot.
  • Hunter Woods Pool:  Just before miles 7 and 20 (about 2.6 miles from the high school). The pool parking lot is at the end of Steeplechase Drive.
  • Corner of Glade Drive and Colts Neck Road: Just after miles 8 and 20.5 for the full marathon or about 7.4 miles for the half marathon (about 2 miles from the high school).
  • South Lakes Drive Park:  Just before miles 11.5 and 24. Runners will emerge from the south on a path just west of the park, and cross under South Lakes Drive (to the north side) using a tunnel.

By the numbers:

About 268 marathoners and 471 half marathoners are registered. They hail from 30 states, the
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Brazil. There are 366 men and 373 women in the
field. Over 146 participants are running their first full or half marathon.

Volunteers will be busy hauling 10,000 cups to the race site; driving a golf cart to mark six miles of
course with 250 pounds of lime; distributing 250 volunteer shirts; unloading 800 gallons of water at the aid stations; placing 750 cones on the road out the back of a truck; assembling 180 awards with labels and frames; and snapping, organizing, and posting 1,734 photos of the race.

For more information, visit the Runners Marathon of Reston Participant and Spectator Guide.

  • Rational Reston

    Thanks for posting this, because there’s no other place to get this information. It would be nice if the organizers tried to reach out to the many residents who will become inconvenienced by the event.

    • Joy Cynthia Ramsey Charles

      Yes, thanks for posting this info. The last running event in our neighborhood, a few weeks ago, I got trapped, a couple blocks from home with a screaming toddler and preschooler in the car for 20+ minutes. It was a special kind of hell.

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