Sunday: Runners Marathon Runs Through Reston

by Karen Goff March 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm 5 Comments

Runners Marathon of Reston course

One of Reston’s premier athletic events takes place on Sunday as the third annual Runners Marathon of Reston hits the streets of South Reston.

Registration for the Reston Runners-sponsored event is closed, but the course could slow traffic on Reston roads.

Here is what you need to know if you are participating, watching or just trying to get around Reston on Sunday:

The marathon and half marathon both begin at 7:30 a.m. at South Lakes High School.

Packet pickup is at SLHS on Saturday from 12:00 – 6:30 p.m. and beginning at 6 a.m. on race day. There is also a pre-race dinner at SLHS from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday (Cost: $10).

The full marathon is a certified course and times can be used as a Boston Marathon qualifier.

The course will be on Reston roads, as well as trails. Some of the streets affected include Ridge Heights Road, Sunrise Valley Drive, Soapstone Drive, Twin Branches Road, Steeplechase Drive, South Lakes Drive, Colts Neck Road and Lawyers Road.

The 13.1-mile half-marathon course map and the 26.3-mile marathon course map are available on the Runners Marathon website.

Affected roads will not be closed, but lanes could be blocked and that may slow traffic.

  • Ezra

    I live off Soapstone and I’m about tired of these damn marathons. If they ran entirely in the bike lane, that would be one thing. If there weren’t ever heaps of paper cups left on the side of the road, that would be nice. Instead, it seems like every three or four weeks there’s a damn race making it impossible for me to get anywhere.


      I agree. They tie up traffic so much. I am curious, do they generate any revenue for RA?

    • Dick LaHead

      I live right off Ridge Heights and I think these things are completely awesome. I love the yelling and screaming and support that my neighbors and complete strangers show for their friends, their neighbors, and even complete strangers… The competitors are people who go out, train and work, try to make themselves better, and then put it all out there for the world to see, just to see if they can do it.

      I live right on Ridge Heights and I don’t think the traffic implications are as bad as you say. I’ve seen it for 10+ years. There’s one turn I cant make.

      You seem a little frustrated. Exercise is a great way to deal with a bad attitude. You should try it.

      We can agree agree about the paper cups and other detritus, except its not really the marathoners (or the triathletes, or the 10kers, or the 5kers))…. If only the football, softball and lacrosse teams that park along Ridge Heights every other season of the year were as careful about their trash….

  • Ezra

    For that matter do they pay for the police presence? I’m not against the idea of races, I just think there are SO many in this same area and surely there has to be somewhere else in Reston where races can be run to spread out the pain

  • novatom

    Hmmm… I had to doublecheck the date on this story. I was taking my usual walk in the walking paths near South Lakes and Soapstone last Sunday morning and they were tagging the path for a marathon then too. What was that?


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