Reston, VA

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce has opened registration for its Annual Pumpkin 5K and Movement Challenge. 

The month-long fitness celebration offers four different challenges encouraging good health for the community to participate in: a one-mile run/walk, a 5K run/walk, the “Halloween 13” consisting of a 13-mile virtual run around Reston, and several moving minutes challenges of 500, 700 or 1,000 minutes, according to the event’s website

The 5K challenge can be completed by run, walk, swim or bike. Additionally, after registering for one event, all events are unlocked — meaning those who want to participate in multiple challenges can. Registration is available on the website for $30. 

For those who aren’t interested in the races, the three different moving minutes challenges log exercise activity over the course of the month until reaching one of the time goals. Participants can choose any physical activity of their choice to log, from golf, to yoga, to a game of pickleball. 

Participants are also able to create teams to go head-to-head with their neighbors, according to the website. The challenge is also handing out gear, including a commemorative short-sleeved shirt, a commemorative medal, a printable custom bib and more. 

Local businesses looking to promote their products are encouraged to sponsor the 5K, and can do through the website

Photo via the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

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The annual Reston Pumpkin 5K and Kids’ Pumpkin Dash is set for Sunday, October 13.

Although the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce dropped its plans to host the annual Flavors of Fall festival, the pumpkin dash is expected to feature the same activities and programs as in previous years.

Participants are encouraged to debut their Halloween costumes the event, which start at 8:15 a.m. at Reston Town Center.

Registration for the 5K is $20 per person through October 11 and $25 per person from October 12 to October 13. Registration for the kids’ event is $10 per person until October 11 and $15 per person from October 12 to October 13.

All runners will receive a T-shirt, race bib, and post-race refreshments.

Awards will be given baed. On several age groups to the top male and female participants.

More information about the event is available online.

Photo via Don Renner

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Pumpkin 5K 2015/Credit: Chip McCrea

There is still time to get off the couch and run in your Halloween costume this weekend.

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s Reston Pumpkin 5K & Kids’ Pumpkin Dash is part of Oktoberfest Reston on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Race time is 8:15 a.m. Participants are encouraged to debut their Halloween costumes or dress in their Oktoberfest Lederhosen and join in the fun with the whole family.

Here is what you need to know:

The race is at Reston Town Center.

Race Day Schedule:

  • Race Day Packet Pickup/Registration: 6:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • 5K Start Time: 8:15 a.m. (course open for 60 min)
  • Kids’ Pumpkin Dash Start Time: 9:30 a.m.

Awards Ceremony: 10 a.m.

Registration Fees:

5K Adult (ages 15 and over):

$30 per person through Oct. 7

$35 per person – Oct. 8 – Oct. 9 (at packet pick up)

5K (ages 14 and under):

$20 per person through Oct. 7

$25 per person – Oct. 8 – Oct. 9 (at packet pick up)

Kids’ Pumpkin Dash (recommended for kids ages 8 and under, all finishers will receive a finishers keepsake)

$10 per person through Oct. 7

$15 per person – Oct. 8 – Oct. 9 (at packet pick up)

Streets affected include Market Street inside the town center, as well as Baron Cameron Avenue, Town Center Parkway, Fountain Drive and Reston Parkway. Only Market Street will be fully blocked; the rest will have a lane closed off, so be aware if you are driving that route Sunday morning. See the course map on the PR Races site.

The rest of the Oktoberfest Reston festivities — food, beer, wine, live entertainment and more — take place on Saturday. See this previous Reston Now post for more details.

Photo: Pumpkin 5K 2015/Credit: Chip McCrea

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