Reston, VA

CORE Foundation is releasing a DIY race kit to replace Reston’s annual Youth Superhero Splash and Dash due to COVID-19. 

Participants will complete activities for the event kit on their own timeline and in an area of their choice. Everyone is still eligible to receive medals and other gear they would receive in a live experience, according to their Facebook page

CORE Foundation is providing all of the tools necessary to complete a race from home to maintain the event’s authenticity. The kits include a superhero cape, a medal, finish line tape, and superhero crafts.

The virtual event features a “swim-run-fun” format, according to the page, for ages 5 to 15. Those without a pool can substitute the swim feature for any physical activity of choice, from bicycling to hopscotch. 

Participants can pick any day between Aug. 22 and Sep. 8 to designate as their “event day,” in which they will complete the swim-run-fun challenge. The event emphasizes “participation rather than competition” to the children. 

The kit is $35 if participants register before Aug. 6 and $40 after Aug. 7. The first 50 registrants will receive a BOCA 2019 Splash and Dash trucker hat, according to the page. 

Kits can be picked up from Chick-fil-A North Point Village on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., or can be mailed for an additional fee. 

Those who are in need of a scholarship to participate can email [email protected]. The organization is pairing with the USA Triathalon foundation to offer the experience free of charge.

Photo via CORE Foundation

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Tomorrow (June 9), a Reston Chick-Fil-A and the CORE Foundation are partnering to collect food and shoes for people in need.

The drive, which is one of several set to take place in the area, will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at Chick-Fil-A  (1494 Northpoint Village Center) and those who donate will receive a special offer from the eatery, according to the Facebook page.

For those who are unable to make the specific hours, people can still drop donations outside in a bag on a designated table or at the drive-through, according to the post.

“Your donation of canned goods and pantry items as well as gently used shoes will be delivered to Supporting Seniors in Place, Helping Hungry Kids and other food pantries,” the Facebook page.

The CORE Foundation, an organization based in Reston, helps small entrepreneurs reach their goals, according to its website, but also runs other fundraisers and support efforts.

Next week, the drive will be held at Glory Days in Reston, according to Mark Moody, a CORE Volunteer.

“If successful, we will continue this year-round to help keep our pantries stocked,” he said.

Photo via Chick-Fil-A/Facebook

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This year’s Reston Youth Triathlon, an annual event organized by the CORE Foundation, will proceed for its 10th anniversary, but with a twist.

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the nonprofit organization will host a virtual duathlon where races will complete a run-bike-run course. Parents will determine where their children will complete the race using distance requirements set up by the organization.

Racers will select the day and time they wish to complete the race between May 10 and May 17. All times will be reported to the Facebook event page.

All registered racers will receive a race shirt, medal, and a tenth-anniversary commemorative headband, which will be distributed at a date. Registration is open online. The virtual duathlon also includes two new categories: an age bracket for 16-to-19-year-olds and a family team relay that’s open for all ages.

A breakdown of course requirements is below:

The Be AMYazing Reston Youth Triathlon was founded by youth and is coordinated by Amy’s Amigos, a group of 12-year-olds who offered support for their friend, Amy Boyle, as she battled brain cancer. The group, which was founded in 2008, held the first Reston triathlon for children in May 2011 following Boyle’s passing.

To date, the event has raised $125,000 for Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation.

Photo by Paul Thomas

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