The Reston Triathlon returns to the streets, trails, track and Lake Audubon on Sunday.
The race is in its 33rd year, born in 1984, when triathlons were a relatively new pursuit. This year’s field includes close to 500 participants who will swim just under a mile, bike 24.86 miles and then run 6.22 miles (10K).
There will be no parking at Lake Audubon on race day. Race officials also say any vehicles parked on Twin Branches near the Lake Audubon Pool will be towed.
The best plan for racers is drive to and park at South Lakes High School/Langston Hughes Middle School and drop off bike/run transition gear at South Lakes High School and ride your bike to the lake. All athletes should plan to be at the lake and ready to swim no later than 6:30 a.m.
Spectators should also park at the schools. It is also possible to park at South Lakes Village Center and then walk the three blocks down Twin Branches to watch the swim portion.
Streets on the cycling course will not be shut down, but lanes will be closed and police and volunteers will be directing traffic. Allow for extra time if you have to be somewhere during the race.
Affected streets include: Colts Neck Road, Sunrise Valley Drive, Soapstone Drive, South Lakes Drive, Twin Branches Road, Glade Drive, Reston Parkway and Lawyers Road. Visit the Reston Triathlon website for course maps.
The triathlon’s finish line is at the South Lakes High School stadium. There will be post-race refreshments, entertainment and awards.
The weather forecast is fairly hot for Reston in September. It will be sunny and about 60 degrees at the race start, with temperatures warning up to 82 degrees as the race continues.
For more history, statistics and other Reston Triathlon information, visit the official Reston Triathlon website.