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by Dave Emke — January 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

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

by Karen Goff — April 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm 1 Comment

Runners Marathon CourseAttention south Reston residents: The Runners Marathon (and Half Marathon) of Reston takes place Sunday, April 10. The course will affect certain streets early Sunday.

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.

Affected streets:

  • 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

by Karen Goff — March 4, 2016 at 4:15 pm 0

2015 Reston 10 Miler/Credit: PR Races via Flickr

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

by Karen Goff — September 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm 1 Comment

Perfect 10/PR RunningRunners 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.

by Karen Goff — January 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

For the Love of It 10K/PR RacingRunners 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.

by Karen Goff — November 26, 2014 at 11:00 am 0

2013 Run Your Heart Out 5K/Credit: Potomac River RunningThe whole family is invited to burn before the bird on Thursday at the Turkey Day 5K at South Lakes High School in Reston.

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

by RestonNow.com — February 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm 0

Reston 10 Miler is Sunday, March 2/Credit: PR Running

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.

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