Tenants Unhappy at Cosmopolitan — Residents of the luxury apartment building in Reston Town Center (1855 St. Francis St.) say the property management company is slow to respond to complaints and address safety concerns. They are organizing in the attempt to get the building’s owners to treat them better. [Fairfax County Times]
SLHS Alumnus Named to Virginia High School Hall of Fame — Among the inductees this year is Alan Webb, a 2001 graduate of South Lakes. Webb, who competed in the men’s 1,500-meter competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics, set a new U.S. high school record for the 2,000-meter race while at South Lakes, and was the first high school student to run a sub-4 minute mile in indoor track. In his senior year, he was named High School Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News. [Fairfax County Public Schools]
Great Falls Fire Department Marks 75 Years — A product of civil defense in World War II, the volunteer fire department was founded May 5, 1942. There were 29 founding members, mostly farmers and shopkeepers. Great Falls historian Karen Washburn shares more details about its history in a 4-minute video. [Fairfax County Fire and Rescue]
SoccerFest Coming to Lake Fairfax — The tournament, June 24-25, is open to children and adults of all skill levels. Early-bird registration pricing is available through May 26, and registration will close June 16. [Fairfax County Park Authority]
The last weekend in April is expected to bring hot weather, pushing the high 80s or even the low 90s. Summer is still almost two months away but it looks like this weekend will be a good early taste of it.
There are plenty of fun activities on the agenda for this weekend, whether you want to play outside or you’d rather be inside where it’s cool.
Here is just a sample of the events going on around the area this weekend.
- Saturday marks the opening day of the Reston Farmers Market at Lake Anne Plaza. From 8 a.m. to noon, vendors will be offering their goods as the 20th season of the market kicks off. The Pink Armoire fashion bus will be a special guest this week.
- Tonight, from 5:30-8 p.m., will be the Empty Bowls fundraiser at Floris United Methodist Church (13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon). Proceeds go to Food for Others. Tickets will be $30 at the door.
- The Mighty Mile kids’ race will be Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. at Reston Town Center. Kids ages 6-14 will run one mile; 4- and 5-year-olds will run a half-mile; and kids under 4 will participate in the Tot Dash.
- South Lakes High School Theatre is performing “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend and next. This weekend’s shows are tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m., and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets at the door are $10-$12.
- Reston Children’s Center (11825 Olde Crafts Drive) will host its Spring Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It will include food, bounce castles, raffles and prizes, face painting, and carnival games.
- The Mercury Fountain at Reston Town Center will be turned on for the season during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday. The event will include refreshments, family festivities and a dedication honoring Relay for Life.
- Other events at Reston Town Center this weekend include Independent Bookstore Day at Scrawl Books (11862 Market St.), a cooking class at Il Fornaio (11990 Market St.), and live entertainment at World of Beer (1888 Explorer St.) tonight and Saturday.
- “Radcliffe Bailey: The Great Dismal Swamp” remains on display at Greater Reston Arts Center (12001 Market St.) through August.
- The Reston Friends Semi-Annual Book Sale is going on all weekend at Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive).
- The Meeting House at Frying Pan Farm Park (2739 West Ox Road, Herndon) served as a field hospital, encampment and picket post during the Civil War. From 1-3 p.m. Sunday, re-enactors, exhibits and a special guest speaker will share information about the lives of those soldiers.
- Reston Association will host an open house at The Lake House on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon.
- “First Blooms” by artist Dorothy Donahey will be on exhibit at Reston Art Gallery and Studios (11400 Washington Plaza W.), one last weekend. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
- This will be the last weekend for “A Respite from Chaos” at Reston Community Center’s Jo Ann Rose Gallery (1609 Washington Plaza N.).
- NextStop Theatre Company (269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon) is performing “Boeing, Boeing” through May 7. Performances this weekend are tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m., 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday, and a 7 p.m. showing Sunday. Tickets are $35-$55.
- Lucky Dog Animal Rescue will have its “Puppy Palooza” on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Pet Valu (11160-E South Lakes Drive).
- Kalypso’s (1617 Washington Plaza N.) will have live music tonight, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., from Holly Montgomery Band. DJ Kram will play Top 40 hits Saturday night.
- Vinafera Wine Bar and Bistro (11750 Sunrise Valley Drive) has live music from 7-10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night in April.
The South Lakes Seahawks will be well-represented at the conference championship next month after performances in recent days.
At the Northern Virginia Invitational, April 7-8, the following team members hit qualifying marks for postseason competition:
- 400 meters: John Eggeman (junior)
- 3,200 meters: Marissa Banga (freshman), Sean Casey (junior), Isabelle Gulgert (sophomore) and Peter Sepulveda (senior)
- 300-meter hurdles: Abby Wickman (senior)
- discus: Jamie Richard (junior)
- pole vault: Megan Allison (junior) and Abby Wickman (senior)
- shot put: Madie Evans (junior) and Jessica Rice (senior)
Participating at the Arcadia Invitational in California, the sprint medley relay team — Hannah Waller (freshman), Cara Hutson (sophomore), Olivia Beckner (junior) and Devyn Jones (senior) — set a school-record time of 4 minutes, 6.84 seconds. Jones also hit state-qualifying times in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. Waller did so in 100 and 200 meters.
Also in California, Timiebi Ogobri (senior) ran a state-qualifying time in the 100 meters; while Sophie Halkett (sophomore) and Alex Loukili (junior) both qualified in the 800 meters.
At their final event during spring break, last Thursday, more SLHS athletes qualified at the Leslie Sherman Memorial Invitational.
- 200 meters: Timiebi Ogobri (senior)
- 400 meters: Timiebi Ogobri (senior)
- 800 meters: Olivia Beckner (junior) and Alex Loukili (junior)
- 4×100-meter relay: Devyn Jones (senior), Hannah Waller (freshman), Danielle Spears (sophomore) and Rhema Konadu (freshman)
- 4×800-meter relay: Peter Sepulveda (senior), Sean Casey (junior), Alex Loukili (junior) and Jack Watkins (senior)
- discus: Jamie Richards (junior)
- shot put: Ronak Cuthill (junior)
The Seahawks next compete in a conference meet Wednesday at Langley High School, followed by the Hall of Fame Invitational at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke on Friday and Saturday.
Image of Devyn Jones, Hannah Waller, Cara Hutson and Olivia Beckner at Arcadia Invitational, courtesy South Lakes High School track and field
According to the entry list for the 121st annual event, the following individuals from Reston were registered for the race: William D’Agostino, Emmett Delaney, Marcy Foster, Lisa Johnston, Vince Kelley, Mark Langham, Deedee Loughran, Bin Mu, Douglas Pepelko, Sherri Ranney, Catherine Reen, Bob Reinhold, Rebecca Scott, Jie Zheng and Malissa Zimmerman.
In addition, three runners from Herndon — Pei Han, Mckell Poulton and Kiley Trennepohl — are listed among the registrants.
Local runners’ times, via the event’s Results page, are displayed below.
The men’s and women’s marathon winners, respectively, were Geoffrey Kirui (2 hours, 9 minutes, 37 seconds) and Edna Kiplagat (2 hours, 21 minutes, 52 seconds), both of Kenya.
What are you doing this Sunday (April 9)? May I suggest grabbing a cup of coffee and heading down to cheer on the people running in the Runner’s Marathon of Reston? It’s a hard and hilly course (so I’m told), and the runners love the boost from the crowd. Here is a link to the map.
Maybe spending some time along the Reston trails will inspire you to run or walk on them. To me, the 55 miles of footpaths that Reston Association maintains are one of the defining features of Reston.
The trails cover every neighborhood in Reston, and walking, running or biking them is a great way to get to know the community. RA has maps on their website, or you can use the wonderful interactive map Fairfax County has of all the paths. I like this tool because it lets you plan your route before you head out. Here are a few of my favorite walks about town — but don’t stop with these.
- Town Center to Lake Anne, North Reston. This walk is just shy of 1.5 miles and winds through a few of Central Reston’s original neighborhoods — Coleson Cluster and Hickory Woods. It’s fun to start at Lake Anne, grabbing breakfast at the Lake Anne Coffee House and shopping at the Farmers Market (starting in early May and going through December), then walking up to Town Center for lunch.
- Lake Thoreau Loop, South Reston. This loop is just over 2 miles and circles around charming Lake Thoreau and past the Reston Regional Golf Course. Begin and end your loop at South Lakes Village with a coffee or delicious lunch at Red’s Table or Café Sano.
- North Point Loop, North Reston. This is a 4-mile loop for those who want a little more exercise. This trail is great because it really gives you a sense of the North Point community. I recommend starting at Lake Newport pool. These trails take you through several charming neighborhoods, and you’ll notice an abundance of RA pools and tennis courts (in fact, if you do this in the summer, pop into one of the pools for a refreshing dip). After your brisk walk, cross the street over to North Point Village for coffee, ice cream or lunch!
- Walker Nature Education Center and Glade, South Reston. There are many options for a walk from here. From the Center, follow the trailhead and see where it takes you! There is a short loop (probably 1/2 mile), or you can venture off on the RA path that follows Glade. Whatever you choose, you will feel like you are miles from civilization. It’s a wonderful place to recharge.
- Tall Oaks to Lake Fairfax Park, North Reston. I’m not entirely sure how long this walk is, but the park loop takes about half an hour — longer if you’re with a dog who needs to investigate all the great smells. Park at Tall Oaks Village Center, cross under the underpass and head toward the wooden bridge. When you hit a dirt trailhead, take a left and follow the trail into Lake Fairfax Park. You’ll cross a little creek and then the path opens to what is a large loop. Go left or right and just follow it around. It’s a gorgeous walk in the woods! Just be careful — mountain bikers train here. They’re very courteous, but they’re also usually going pretty fast!
What you’ll soon find is you can have any type of walk or run you want in Reston — relaxing and easy, or very challenging. And you can get anywhere you need or want to go on foot. It’s always fun to discover a new trail and see where it takes you.
Olivia Beckner is fast, and she has her name all over the record books to prove it.
The South Lakes High School junior set her second school record of the month recently, eclipsing by nearly four seconds an SLHS top time for the mile that had stood for 29 years.
The record-setting performance came at the Virginia Showcase Invitational indoor track and field meet last weekend at Liberty University in Lynchburg. Her time of 4 minutes, 55.58 seconds beat out the previous mark of 4 minutes, 59.44 seconds set by Anne Evans during the 1987-88 season.
Earlier this month at a meet in New York, Beckner ran the 1,000 meters in 2 minutes, 54.06 seconds. That surpassed the record of 2 minutes, 58.47 seconds she had set last year as a sophomore.
Beckner leads the five-time defending Liberty Conference champion Seahawks into the conference championship, beginning today and concluding Jan. 28 in Landover, Maryland.
The SLHS boys are no slouches either. They enter the championship with eight consecutive titles under their belts.
Photos courtesy South Lakes High School/Mary Ann Magnant
Here is what you need to know:
Both races begin at South Lakes High School at 7:30 a.m.
The race starts and ends on the SLHS track and will utilize some Reston Association trails.
- South Lakes Drive
- Ridge Heights Road
- Sunrise Valley Drive
- Twin Branches Drive
- Soapstone Drive
- Lawyers Road
- Colts Neck Road
- Steeplechase Drive
Note: There are already signs warning there is no parking on Ridge Heights from Sunday at 1 a.m. to Sunday at 1 p.m. You could be ticketed or towed.
Streets will not be completely closed, but lanes will be blocked and traffic could be slowed.
All roads will reopen by 1:30 p.m., race officials said.
For more race information, visit the Runners Marathon website.
Photo: Runners Marathon 2015/file photo
Spring running season gets going on Sunday with PR Racing’s Reston 10 Miler.
The race begins at 8 a.m. at South Lakes High School. The finish line and post-race fun is also at SLHS.
Here is what you need to know:
Online registration closes Thursday at 8 p.m. Cost: $45.
In-person registration available at packet pickup at Potomac River Running Store at Reston Town Center Friday and Saturday. Cost: $50.
All participants receive an official Commemorative Reston 10 Miler technical race T-shirt, as well as a finisher medal.
Runners must maintain 13:30 minute miles, or complete the race in 2 hours, 15 minutes. There are water stations at mile 3, 6, and 8.5.
The course affects Ridge Heights Road, South Lakes Drive, Twin Branches Road, Sunrise Valley Drive, Soapstone Drive, Colts Neck Road and Glade Drive. Roads will not be closed, but lanes will be blocked off, which may affect traffic patterns. See the course map on PR Racing’s website.
Net proceeds benefit South Lakes High School’s track and field programs.
Photo: 2015 Reston 10 Miler/Credit: PR Races via Flickr
Runners will be on the streets and trails of south Reston Sunday for the Perfect 10 Miler/10 K Race.
Runners choose between the 10-mile course or one that is 10K — about six miles — in this annual event in the =PR= Race Series.
Here is what you need to know:
The race begins at 8 a.m. and starts and finishes at South Lakes High School.
There will also be a one-mile fun run beginning at 8:10 a.m.
The race benefits area track and cross country programs.
Streets will not be closed, but lanes may be blocked on the course. Affected streets:
Perfect 10K – South Lakes Drive, Sunrise Valley Drive, Soapstone Drive, Twin Branches Road, Glade Drive.
Perfect 10 Mile – South Lakes Drive, Ridge Heights Drive, Colts Neck Road, Soapstone Drive, Twin Branches Road, Glade Drive.
Online registration ($45) closes Friday at 5 p.m. In-person registration at packet pickup Saturday and on race day is available (pending a sellout) for $50.
Race participants get a tech T-shirt. Division winners get cash prizes.
Runners have a new Reston race to add to their calendar: The For the Love of It 10K will take place Feb. 14 at 8 a.m.
The race, sponsored by Potomac River Running, will start and end at South Lakes High School.
Here is what else you need to know:
Entry is $35 ($40 day of race). Register online through Feb. 12.
The course starts and ends at SLHS and takes runners on a two-lap course on nearby streets such as South Lakes Drive, Sunrise Valley Drive, Colts Neck Drive, Ridge Heights Road and Soapstone Drive. See the course map on the race’s website. Streets will not be fully closed but traffic may be affected and lanes may be closed.
All pre-registered runners will receive a For the Love of It 10K commemorative technical shirt. The first 400 runners to arrive at packet pickup will receive a For the Love of It 10k pin.
There will be awards for the top three finishers overall and in age groups.
There is an event for everyone — a 5K race, a 1-mile fun run, even a tot trot.
Here is what you need to know:
The 5K begins at 8 a.m.; The fun run/walk at 8:50 a.m.; the 100-yard tot trot is at 9 a.m.
Race proceeds will go benefit the Embry Rucker Community Shelter. A contribution will also be made to the South Lakes High School Track and Field team for track upgrades.
There will be prizes. Overall awards will be $300-$200-$100 for the top three men and top three women. In addition, the top 3 in the following age groups will be awarded: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 & over.
Entry fees: Adults — $40 at the packet pickup Wednesday or at the race Thursday (online registration closed Monday). Visit race site to see fees for kids and for fun run. Advance packet pickup is Tuesday and Wednesday at Potomac River Running at Reston Town Center.
The course will start and finish on South Lakes’ track, as well as go through the woods on Reston Association paths.
Photo: Racing on Reston trails/file photo
Have somewhere you need to be in Reston Sunday morning?
Pay attention to where the Reston 1o Miler Road Race will be happening. Roads will not be closed, but lanes will be blocked so runners can get through the course, which will mostly go through South Reston.
The race, sponsored by Potomac River Running, will start at end at South Lakes High School and go through nearby streets such as Ridge Heights Road, South Lakes Drive, Colts Neck Road, Sunrise Valley Drive and Twin Branches Road.
See attached map for complete course.
The race begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 2. Registration is full, but feel free to come out and cheer on your favorite runner.