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Wednesday Morning Notes

The last call — Today is the last day to apply to run for a seat on Reston Citizens Association’s board of directors. Applications should be submitted online by midnight[Reston Citizens Association]

Run for it — The Reston Sprint Triathlon is set for June 3. Here’s everything you need to know about this annual event. [Reston Sprint Triathlon]

Happening nearby: Goodbye, orange cones  Route 7 improvements in Tysons are complete. Changes include wider bridges over the Dulles Toll Road and a new shared-use link. [Virginia Department of Transportation]

Photo by John Lovaas

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Reston Sprint Triathlon Registration Begins Tomorrow

Registration for the 12th annual Reston Sprint Triathlon begins on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The race, which is the largest in northern Virginia, will take place on June 3 and is projected to sell out within a day.

The race is supported by the CORE Foundation, a Reston-based nonprofit organization that aims to help social entrepreneurs and small organizations achieve their goals. The event begins at 7 a.m. at the Lake Newport Pool (11601 Lake Newport Road). Races must be completed within two hours. USA Triathlon membership is required to register.

This year, the triathlon will feature a new trikit, which will be available for purchase. Athletes will also have the opportunity to fundraiser and earn back up to $105 of race fees. Through the optional program, athletes can sign up to raise money for underserved individuals in northern Virginia. The organization plans to offer several incentives to encourage individuals to meet fundraising targets.

Awards are given to the top five men and women finishes and the the top three master male, female, Clydesdale and Athena divisions.  Registration will open online tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Volunteers can also apply online.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Cornerstones, which promotes self-sufficiency through support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, childcare and other services.

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What’s Going On Around Reston This Weekend?

Running, swimming and bicycling are always big activities in Reston, but this weekend in particular they will be in the spotlight.

The 11th annual Reston Sprint Triathlon, benefiting Cornerstones, will be held at Lake Newport Pool starting at 7 a.m. Sunday. The event will last about 3 1/2 hours and will impact portions of local roads including Lake Newport Road, Reston Parkway, Wiehle Avenue and Baron Cameron Avenue. Most of the run will take place on RA pathways in the area.

There quite a lot more on the events calendar for the Reston area this weekend. Here is just a sampling of the events you can enjoy:

  • Reston Station’s “Summerbration” series kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. with a free concert by Battery Lane. Tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., visit for a free outdoor showing of “Rogue One” on the plaza. The Summerbration events outside the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station will continue through the end of August.
  • The Herndon Festival continues through this weekend. Events this weekend include numerous concerts on three stages, kids’ entertainment, carnival rides, food and drinks, and much more. The event takes place throughout downtown Herndon in the area of Elden and Lynn streets.
  • Reston Town Center’s summer concert series begins Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by former “America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Eugene Murphy. The show will take place at the Town Center’s pavilion.
  • Other live music at Reston Town Center this weekend will include a performance from 6-10 p.m. tonight at Tavern64 (1800 Presidents St.) and both tonight and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Crafthouse (1888 Explorer St.).
  • Reston Town Center businesses are organizing this summer for “Small Business Support Sundays,” which begin this weekend. For a full list of promotions available, check out their website.
  • The Reston Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center.
  • Lake Anne is also hosting Sunday Yoga on the Plaza each week, at 9:30 a.m.
  • The 2017 Reston Lake Cleanup is slated for Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Meeting locations will be at Lake Audubon, Lake Anne and Lake Thoreau. Volunteers will get into their boats, as well as walking on the shorelines of each lake, to collect as much trash as possible.
  • Lake Anne Brew House (11424 Washington Plaza W.) will celebrate Pride Month tonight with a special “Night Out” event.
  • Bird lovers are invited to the Walker Nature Center (11450 Glade Drive) on Saturday from 6:45 a.m. to noon to participate in the summer bird count.
  • Radcliffe Bailey: The Great Dismal Swamp” remains on display at Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.) through August.
  • Urinetown: The Musical” is being performed at NextStop Theatre Company (269 Sunset Park Drive) through June 25. Two of this weekend’s performances are already sold out, but tickets remain available for 8 p.m. tonight and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. General admission tickets start at $40.
  • Kalypso’s (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will have live music tonight at 9:30 p.m. from The Reluctors.
  • Vinafera Wine Bar and Bistro (11750 Sunrise Valley Drive) has live music from 7-10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night.

File photo via Christin Photography/Reston Association

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Registration for Reston Sprint Triathlon Fills Up Quickly

Reston Sprint Triathlon 2016 Participant (via Facebook)

The 11th annual Reston Sprint Triathlon is still nearly five months away, but organizers say registration has already reached capacity.

The registration process for the event began at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Less than 24 hours later, nearly 1,000 participants had signed up and it was cut off.

“Thanks to the 950 athletes that chose our race and whose participation in this race helps those in need,” the full Facebook post continues. “You are making a difference in your life and in the lives of those around you.”

The event, scheduled for Sunday, June 4, benefits Cornerstones. Kerrie Wilson, Cornerstones CEO, said the relationship between her organization and the CORE Foundation, which stages the annual fundraiser, is cherished.

Truly, 100 percent of the proceeds go to benefit the organization,” Wilson said. “Those kinds of partnerships are very unique and just amazing.”

Wilson said the event has raised about $240,000 for Cornerstones in the past decade.

Every year it has grown, every year since 2007, as the race itself has grown and so has the sponsorship to be able to support our mission,” she said. “Annually, we can count on the fact that those resources are there so that we can provide stability and hope to the clients we support.”

A 1/4-mile swim at Lake Newport Pool, a 12-mile bike ride on North Reston roads and a three-mile run on North Reston pathways make up the course.

More than 600 volunteers are also needed for the event. Anyone interested in being a part of the effort is encouraged to sign up at the triathlon’s website.

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Sunday: Reston Sprint Tri Will Affect North Reston Roads

2015 Reston Sprint Tri Award Winner/Credit: Reston Sprint TriathlonRoads and paths in North Reston will be affected by the 10th annual Reston Sprint Triathlon on Sunday.

The race begins at 7 a.m. with a quarter-mile swim at the Lake Newport Pool.

The biking portion is a 12-mile loop that involves Reston Parkway, Wiehle Avenue and Baron Cameron Avenue. See the course map on the race website.

Race officials offer this advice to cyclists: “Beware of the turn at Reston Parkway and Wiehle Ave. It is downhill and more than 90 degrees. Also, watch for cars encroaching into the bike lanes at Baron Cameron and Reston Parkway. Drivers may not understand how to make a right turn, when we have closed the turn lane. Bicycle handlebar end caps are required as are serviceable helmets in good condition.”

The 5K run course goes mainly on on bike paths in the Center Harbor/Lake Newport/North Village/Wiehle Avenue area. The start and finish area is adjacent to the Lake Newport Pool.

Affected streets will not be closed, but lanes may be blocked and traffic slowed. As always, watch for participants in the road.

The last participants should wrap up by 9 a.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Cornerstones.

See more details about packet pickup, spectator locations, parking and more information on the race site.

There are still volunteer opportunities available.

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Save the Date: Reston Sprint Triathlon Registration is Jan. 6

2015 Reaton Sprint Tri Award Winner/Credit: Reston Sprint TriathlonThe Reston Sprint Triathlon won’t take place until June, but the time to sign up is almost here.

Registration for the June 5, 2016 Sprint Tri opens Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m. There are 900 spots for the race, but it often sells out — if you are certain you want a spot, save the date.

Here is what you need to know:

The race begins at Lake Newport Pool in North Reston

The course is a “sprint distance” — quarter-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and three-mile run.

Cost to enter is $150.

Proceeds benefit Reston nonprofit Cornerstones.

The race must be completed in two hours.

For more information and the register, visit the Reston Sprint Triathlon’s website.

Photo courtesy Reston Sprint Triathlon

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Sunday: Reston Sprint Triathlon in Lake Newport Area

2012 Reston Spring Triathlon/file phto by Charlotte GearyAthletes will take to the streets and paths of North Reston Sunday at the ninth annual Reston Sprint Triathlon.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Reston nonprofit Cornerstones.

The race begins at 7 a.m. with a quarter-mile swim at the Lake Newport Pool. The biking portion is a 12-mile loop that involves Reston Parkway, Wiehle Avenue, and Baron Cameron Avenue. See the course map on the race website.

The 5K run course goes on bike paths in the Center Harbor/Lake Newport/North Village/Wiehle Avenue area. The start and finish area is adjacent to the Lake Newport Pool.

Affected streets will not be closed, but lanes may be blocked and traffic slowed. As always, watch for participants in the road.

The last participants should wrap up by 9 a.m.

2012 Reston Sprint Triathlon/file photo by Charlotte Geary

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Sprint Triathlon Will Affect North Reston Streets Sunday

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The eighth annual Reston Sprint Triathlon will go through North Reston on Sunday, and area residents may want to plan accordingly if they have to be somewhere.

Roads will not be closed outright, but some lanes will be blocked to accommodate the bikers on the course.

Registration for the race, which will benefit Cornerstones, is full.

The race begins at 7 a.m. with a quarter-mile swim at Lake Newport Pool. There will be a 12-mile bike portion featuring three loops from Lake Newport Road to Reston Parkway to Wiehle Avenue to Baron Cameron Avenue then again on Reston Parkway back to the pool (see map).

Race officials have given this advice to riders: “Beware of the turn at Reston Parkway and Wiehle Ave. It is downhill and more than 90 degrees. Also, watch for cars encroaching into the bike lanes at Baron Cameron and Reston Parkway. Drivers may not understand how to make a right turn, when we have closed the turn lane.”

The 5K run course will take place on Reston Association paths in the North Village Road/Center Harbor/Wiehle Avenue vicinity.

Race officials are also advising participants and spectators not to park on residential streets. Parking is available in the soccer field lot across Reston Parkway from Lake Newport Pool or at North Point Shopping Center.

Graphic of Reston Sprint Triathlon bike course. Credit/Reston Sprint Triathlon

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