An event that is a staple for Restonians — the Reston Triathlon — is officially coming to an end.

The Reston Triathlon Association formed in 1983 and organized the event on the second Sunday of each September.

In an online post, the organization’s Board of Directors said that it was not able to find another organization to take over and continue the race.

“Unfortunately, we were just not able to overcome the mounting financial and logistical challenges we experienced these past few years to host a race that the community has come to know and love,” the statement read.

The nonprofit organization, which is staffed entirely by volunteers, canceled last year’s event due to the pandemic.

For years, participants have taken part in a race of Olympic proportions. The event was organized into into a 1500-meter swim, a 25-mile bike ride, and a 6.2-mile run.

Here’s more from the board on the change:

We have had an incredible journey with all of you, our racers, your supporters, our volunteers and all of the leaders in the community. We are very thankful for the memories and many years of racing. We will miss all of you. 

The Reston Triathlon is a non-profit organization.  Once we close out our expenses,  any remaining funds will be donated to local charities.

Thank you for the many years of support.  Stay healthy, volunteer and support your community events!

Photo via Reston Triathlon/Facebook


Runners can take part in a Halloween-themed triathlon in Reston in late October.

YMCA Reston and CORE Foundation are hosting a Trick-or- Tri triathlon on Oct. 27 beginning around 9 a.m. at the YMCA Reston (12196 Sunset Hills Road).

Participants will be tasked with a 10-minute indoor swim, a 30-minute ride on a stationary bike and a 20 minute run on a treadmill. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in a costume, though event organizers ask that people do not wear makeup in the pool.

Registration is $35 for YMCA members and $50 for the public and includes a swag bag full of gear and snacks as well as a free massage and stretch.

Participants will be awarded based on distance in each category, and all categories will be considered equally. There will also be a prize for the best costume.

Those wishing to participate can pick up their packets at the YMCA on Friday (Oct. 25) from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday (Oct. 26) from 9-11 a.m.

Event organizers are also looking for volunteers. Those interested can sign up online.

Image via Google Maps


The results of the 35th annual Reston Triathlon are in the books. The community race, which happened on Sunday, drew contestants and participants despite the rain.

A harmful algae bloom on Lake Audubon, discovered on Thursday, forced Reston Association to cancel the swim portion of the triathlon. As of Monday (September 10), RA advises against touching the water, which has algae that can produce toxins that are lethal to livestock, fish, and people.

The overall winners in the male division were:

  1. Sean Pinkney, 34: 2 hours, 3 minutes, 16 seconds
  2. Jacob Gilden, 30: 2:07:25
  3. Noah Kennedy, 21: 2:07:30

In the female division, overall winners were:

  1. Raquel Torres, 37: 2 hours, 10 minutes, 17 seconds
  2. Ekaterina Pinkney, 34: 2:23:26
  3. Kristine Wooten, 30: 2:28:18

In the individual age groups, the winners were:

  1. Sean Pinkney, 34, Male: 2 hours, 3 minutes, 16 seconds
  2. Jacob Gilden, 30, Male: 2:07:25
  3. Noah Kennedy, 21, Male: 2:07:30
  4. Bryan Rivera, 34, Male: 2:08:25
  5. Andrew Gyenis, 24, Male: 2:08:54
  6. Raquel Torres, 37, Female: 2:10:17
  7. Kevin Wright, 29, Male: 2:11:33
  8. Wiehan Peyper, 32, Male: 2:16:52
  9. Paul Cutler, 50, Male: 2:18:31
  10. Ryan Luczak, 17, Male: 2:18:31

Neil Medoff and Rich Uhrig also received an award for perfect attendance. They attended every Reston Triathlon for the last 35 years.

Photos via Reston Triathlon/Facebook and Brian Kent


The 34th annual Reston Triathlon is in the books, and here are the winners from Sunday morning’s event.

Overall winners in the male division were:

  • First place: Jacob Gilden (29, Arlington) — 2 hours, 5 minutes, 16 seconds
  • Second place: Sean Pinkney (33, Reston) — 2:09:47
  • Third place: Brady Dehoust (42, Reston) — 2:11:05

In the female division, overall winners were:

  • First place: Rachel McCarthy (41, Vienna) — 2 hours, 22 minutes, 12 seconds
  • Second place: Theresa Ferry (38, Vienna) — 2:23:12
  • Third place: Bev Dobrenz (24, Vienna) — 2:33:09

In individual age groups, winners were:

  • Male, 15-19: Ryan Luczek (16, Herndon) — 2:26:20
  • Female, 15-19: Jennifer Zheng (15, Herndon) — 2:37:25
  • Male, 20-24: Noah Kennedy (20, Arlington) — 2:15:06
  • Female, 20-24: Amanda Presgraves (23, Leesburg) — 2:38:15
  • Male, 25-29: Teagen Miller (26, Reston) — 2:31:07
  • Female, 25-29: Jennifer Dipp (27, Oak Hill) — 2:46:35
  • Male, 30-34: Mike Schulz (34, Ashburn) — 2:35:37
  • Female, 30-34: Anna Cadin (33, Reston) — 2:55:16
  • Male, 35-39: Thomas McWalters (35, Hartford) — 2:20:57
  • Female, 35-39: Joleen Catania (35, Gainesville) — 2:35:49
  • Male, 40-44: Andrew Adamson (41, Alexandria) — 2:22:24
  • Female, 40-44: Erika Carlson (40, Reston) — 2:40:48
  • Male, 45-49: Matt Gentile (45, Great Falls) — 2:18:01
  • Female, 45-49: Nicole Rayson (46, Herndon) — 2:34:48
  • Male, 50-54: Theo Haast (50, Lansdowne) — 2:27:37
  • Female, 50-54: Juda McGannon (51, Scottsdale, Arizona) — 2:40:41
  • Male, 55-59: Jean-Paul Martin (57, Oakton) — 2:18:45
  • Female, 55-59: Linda Kennedy (57, Alexandria) — 2:47:43
  • Male, 60-64: Jeff Oxman (60, Rockville, Maryland) — 2:34:05
  • Female, 60-64: Justine Goodman (63, Reston) — 3:01:25
  • Male, 65-69: Joseph O’Gorman (69, Reston) — 2:48:55
  • Female, 65-69: Rachel Muir (65, Arden, North Carolina) — 3:32:48
  • Male, 70-74: David Breese (71, Reston) — 3:12:16

In the Athena division, first place went to Lisa Sechrest-Ehrha (57, Reston) with a time of 3:34:25. In the Clydesdale division, first place was won by Michael Skeele (42, Arlington) with a time of 2:39:27.

Full results from each division are also available via Amazing Race Timing.

The event’s 381 competitors swam 1,500 meters in Lake Audubon, biked 40 kilometers on area roadways and ran 10 kilometers on Reston pathways.

Del. Ken Plum (D-Fairfax) was on hand to help present the awards for each category.

All photos via Reston Triathlon on Facebook


It will be another busy weekend in the Reston/Herndon area.

Among the highlights will be the 34th annual Reston Triathlon, which will start at 7 a.m. Sunday at Lake Audubon. Those taking part will swim 1,500 meters in Lake Audubon, bike 40 kilometers on area roadways and run 10 kilometers on Reston pathways, ending at the South Lakes High School stadium.

Some traffic in South Reston will be affected by the event. Take note of the attached map of which roads will have bike traffic during the event, which is scheduled to last until about 11 a.m.

Volunteers are still needed for the event, as well.

Even if you aren’t taking part in the triathlon, though, there is plenty else to do around the area this weekend too. Listed below are some other events that you can enjoy.

(Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of all the events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar.)

  • The JamBrew series continues tonight in Herndon. Aslin Beer Co. will be pouring frosty mugs, Weird Brothers Coffee will be offering tasty drinks, Nordic Knot Pretzels will provide tasty snacks, and there will be much more. Live music will be offered from MK Skillz, Shane Gamble and Burn the Ballroom. The free event is slated for 6-10 p.m. at the Herndon Town Green (777 Lynn St.).
  • North Point Village Center will celebrate the arrival of fall Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a Fall Kick-Off event. Washington Redskins great and former All-Pro defensive end Dexter Manley will meet fans at Glory Days Grill (1400 North Point Village Center) from noon to 2 p.m., while the event will also feature carnival games, roaming characters for kids, a DJ playing music, a moon bounce and more.
  • DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a charity event to benefit Canine Companions for Independence, will be at Reston Town Center on Sunday. Admission and parking are free.
  • The next exhibition at Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.), featuring the work of D.C.-based artist Sue Wrbican, opens Saturday with a free public reception Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at the gallery. “Sue Wrbican: Well Past the Echo” will be on view through Nov. 18.
  • 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.
  • There will be a ChalkFest workshop Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Reston Town Center (11900 Market St.). The free event will be hosted by Public Art Reston.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winner display “Disgraced,” exploring Muslim assimilation and identity in America, will be performed at NextStop Theatre Company (269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon) tonight at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m.; and at a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets range in price from $17.50 to $55.
  • The Water Mine (1400 Lake Fairfax Drive) will “go to the dogs” Sunday for its annual Dog Daze event. Suggested donation is $10 per dog. In addition to the doggie splashing, there will be a canine resource fair, door prizes, demonstrations and more.
  • The Herndon Garden Tour, slated for Sunday, will feature five private gardens, as well as the Monarch butterfly waystation at Runnymede Park. Painting demos, garden music and more will also be offered. Gardeners will be on hand during the self-guided tour to discuss their gardens and answer questions. Cost is $15; children 12 and under can participate for free.
  • An open house at The Lake House (11450 Baron Cameron Drive) is planned for 10 a.m. to noon Sunday.
  • At Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive), the movie “Musicals” will be shown from 2-4 p.m. Saturday.
  • United Christian Parish (11508 North Shore Drive) will host a panel of community and faith leaders on Sunday at 2 p.m. for what it is calling a “post-Charlottesville town hall.” According to information provided by the church, residents are invited to take part in the “[discussion of] bigotry and unconscious bias as we seek to work together to heal the wounds.”
  • Many restaurants and bars in Reston will have live music this weekend. These include: Vinifera Wine Bar and Bistro (11750 Sunrise Valley Drive) from 7-10 p.m every Friday and Saturday night; Crafthouse (1888 Explorer St.) every Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and Tavern64 (1800 Presidents St.) every Friday from 6-10 p.m.
  • Kalypso’s Sports Tavern (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will have live music from Catchin’ Toads tonight from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and DJ Kram will play Top 40 hits during those hours Saturday night.

The 34th annual Reston Triathlon is coming up Sunday morning, and volunteers are still needed to help make the event go smoothly.

According to information provided by event organizers:

We are looking for a few good men and women to be a part of our 34th annual Reston Triathlon race. So…join us, on September 10th, by volunteering at our local community race. Bring yourself and your spirit of volunteerism and enthusiasm to add to the excitement of the event!

Volunteers can sign up online to help in a variety of ways. Generally speaking, setup volunteers will start at about 5 a.m., swim volunteers will start around 6 a.m., bike volunteers will get to work around 7 a.m., and run volunteers will start at about 8 a.m. that morning. At the end of the event, around 11 a.m., volunteers will be needed for cleanup after the awards presentation.

Help is specifically needed along the bike course, an organizer tells Reston Now.

Registration to participate in the event is closed. Those taking part will swim 1,500 meters in Lake Audubon, bike 40 kilometers on area roadways and run 10 kilometers on Reston pathways, ending at the South Lakes High School stadium.

For more information about the event or how you can help, email [email protected].

File photo of 2016 event courtesy Christin Photography for Reston Association


Results: 33rd Reston Triathlon

Reston Triathlon 2016/Credit: Christin Photography for Reston Association

Jimmy Sosinski of Haymarket was the top finisher at Sunday’s Reston Triathlon.

Sosinski, 34, finished the Olympic distance competition (1,500-meter swim in Lake Audubon; 40k bike ride; and 10k run) in 2:08:04. Last year’s winner, Nathan Rickman, 37, of Fairfax, finished second in 2:08:24.

The top women’s finisher was Claire Wolff, 17, an accomplished swimmer from McLean High School. Wolff finished in 2:25:28. Colleen LaFrance, 31, of Great Falls was second in 2:27:49.

See full results on the 2016 Reston Triathlon results page.

There were several Reston athletes who earned top age group honors. Among them:

  • Matthew Stann, 16, second, men 15-19 (2:30:55 )
  • Hazel Cimino, 20, first, women 20-24 (3:19:07 )
  • Will Sickenberger, 23, first men 20-24 (2:27:14)
  • Aaryn Scheid, 28, first, women 25-29 (2:54:50)
  • Heather Detwieler, 28, third, women 25-29 (3:11:47)
  • Teagan Miller, 25, second, men 25-29 (2:32:25 )
  • Carolyn Argetsinger, 32, first, women 3034 (3:04:39)
  • Ashley Didion,30, second, women 30-34 (3:08:33)
  • Sean Pinkney, 32, first, men 30-34 (2:12:16)
  • Sharon Adams, 41, first, women 40-44 (2:30:02)
  • Chris Brown, 43, second, men 40-44 (2:23:05)
  • Scott Baldwin, 45, first, men 45-49 (2:21:16 )
  • Kevin Kunkel, 45, second men 45-49 (2:21:42)
  • Sam Scoggin, 55, second, men 55-59 (2:29:14)
  • Jeannie Johns, 56, third, women 55-59 (3:10:24)
  • Justine Goodman, 62, second, women 60-64 (2:57:27)
  • Marcy Foster, 62, third, women 60-64 (3:11:37)
  • Paul Hartke, 62, second, men 60-64 (2:49:21)
  • Dana Ann Scheurer, 66, first, women 65-69 (3:08:49)
  • Patricia Daniellekay, 65, second, women 65-69 (4:22:07)
  • Joseph O’Gorman, 68, first, men 65-69 (2:53:56)
  • Michael Scheurer, 67, third, men 65-69 (3:48:03)
  • David Breese, 70, second, men 70-74 (3:30:09)
  • Manfred Boehringer, 70, third, men 70-74 (3:38:57 )
  • Antonio Panizza, 77, first, men 75-79 (4:06:36)
  • Bob Lambert, 77, second, men 75-79 (4:10:35)

Photo: Reston Triathlon 2016/Credit: Christin Photography for Reston Association.

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2016 Reston Triathlon medal/Credit: Reston Triathlon

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.

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Reston Triathlon 2014

The 33rd annual Reston Triathlon returns on Sunday, Sept. 11. There are still more than 100 spaces left if you want to enter.

The Reston Triathlon is an Olympic-distance event.  The 1,500-meter swim is at Lake Audubon. That’s followed by a 40K bike course, which goes three laps on roads around Reston. Finally, participants finish with a 10K run on Reston paths. The run starts and ends at the South Lakes High School Stadium.

See the course map and information on the Reston Triathlon website.

For added preparation, there will be a swim clinic at Lake Audubon on Sunday, Sept. 4. This is a good opportunity to experience a lake swim so that you know what to expect on Sept. 11, race organizers say. Swim registration will open at 6:30 a.m. The clinic will begin promptly at 7:45 a.m. with instructions by the members of the Reston Master’s Swim team.

Clinic swimmers will be permitted to swim a full mile in open water as long as you are out of the water one hour after the start of your wave.The cost for the clinic and refreshments is $15.00 for those with USAT membership and $25 for those without it.

As of Friday, there were 175 spaces remaining for the triathlon. Registration closes on Sept. 6. Cost: Youth (15-19), $80; Adults, $140.

Reston Triathlon 2014/file photo


Nathan Rickman of Fairfax and Robin Witlin of Oak Hill were the men’s and women’s division winners of Sunday’s 31st Annual Reston Triathlon.

Rickman, 35, finished the race in 2:08:45. Witlin, 41, finished in 2:23:50.

Many Restonians earned honors in the age group and specialized categories. Among them: Lisa Seacrest-Earhardt (second in Athena category); Will Sickenberger (third overall; first in men’s 20-24 age group); Claire Wright (first in women’s 25-29);  Amy Bruton (first in women’s 30-34); and Deedee Loughran (first in women’s 50-55).

For all results, visit the Reston Triathlon website or the Amazing Race Timing database.


Reston Triathlon 2014/Credit: Reston Triathlon

Reston’s original triathlon returns to the streets, lakes and paths on Sunday. Since 1984, it has grown from a field of 165 local racers to an important fixture on the regional triathlon circuit. The field includes more than 600 participants and depends on hundreds of volunteers to make it run smoothly.

The race begins at 7 a.m. at Lake Audubon and ends at South Lakes High School. The first finishers will start coming in about 9 a.m.

Here are four things to know:

1. The 2015 World Police and Fire Games are having an impact in 2014.

The biennial World Police and Fire Games will take place in Fairfax County next year. The Reston Triathlon will be the organizing group for the triathlon, which will be held here in Reston.

In preparation for the games, the existing Reston Triathlon course is modified to bring it into conformity with the standard international distances, race officials said. Changes include:

  • The swim course is shortened to 1,500 meters. The start of the swim will also be moved farther into Lake Audubon to allow for an in-water start (treading water).
  • The bike course is changed to the 40km international standard. The new course, which begins atLake Audubon Pool,  takes riders down Twin Branches Drive , Glade Drive, Colts Neck Drive, Lawyers Road, Soapstone Drive, South Lakes Drive three times. Consult the bike course map to see if streets near you are affected.
  • The 10K run course takes place on Reston Association paths starting and ending at South Lakes High School.

2. The Sunday forecast calls for morning showers with a high of 81.

Race time temperatures will be more like the low 60s, with water temperatures in the high 70s-low 80s. That is a pretty good outlook for a race that has seen its swim portion canceled some years due to storm damage and other hazards.

Here is the rule on wet suits in the Reston Tri: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards.

3. Park carefully.

There will be no parking at Lake Audubon on race day. Race officials 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 am.

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.

4. Who will win?

Eric Sorenson was the top finisher in 2013 (2:00:59). Sorenson also holds the course record: in 1995 (at age 26), he finished in 1:51:42. Christine Nichols was the top woman finisher (sixth overall) in 2013 (2:07:39).

Reston’s Neil Medoff is one of several competitors who have competed all 30 previous years. At age 70 in 2013, he finished in 3:09:40.

To see much more triathlon information, history and records, visit Reston Triathlon’s website.


2012 Reston Triathlon/Photo: Charlotte Geary

Triathletes — mark your calendars.

Registration for the 2014 Reston Triathlon opens Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

Space for the annual event — which includes about 700 entrants — fills up quickly, so if you know you want to compete, sign up soon. The race takes place Sept. 7.

Course details:

SWIM: One-mile swim in Lake Audubon

BIKE: 22.3 Miles: three laps on moderately hilly roadways in Reston. The first two laps are identical. The third lap changes course and finishes at the high school.

RUN: 10Km (6.2 Miles): on shaded Reston pathways, starting and ending at the high school stadium.

Visit the Reston Triathlon website to register.

(Photo of 2012 Reston Triathlon courtesy of Charlotte Geary)


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