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Where to Catch World Police Games Action in Reston

new wpfg logoThousands of police and fire personnel will descend on Fairfax County when the World Police & Fire Games open June 26.

The biennial event (2013’s Games were held in Belfast, Northern Ireland) will feature competition in more than 60 events. Tickets are free.

The action will take place from DC (opening ceremonies at RFK Stadium) to Loudoun County’s equestrian fields. Most of the events will be held at Fairfax stadiums, fields and high school facilities and at George Mason University.

Several events will be here in Reston. Here is what you need to know:

  • Honor Guard — Hyatt Regency Reston, June 27 and 28.
  • Ice Hockey — Reston Skatequest, June 27 to July 3
  • Police Service Dogs — Lake Fairfax Park, June 27 and 28
  • Rowing — Hyatt Regency Reston, July 3 and 4
  • Half Marathon — Reston Town Center, July 5
  • Open Water Swim — Lake Audubon, June 28
  • Triathlon — Lake Audubon/South Lakes High School, July 3
  • Cross Country Running — Lake Fairfax Park, June 30
  • Wrist Wrestling — Reston Town Center, Hyatt Regency Reston, July 3

For complete schedule, visit the Fairfax 2015 website.

Tickets are free.

Reston Town Center will also be the site of the Athletes Village. There will be entertainment, vendors and other fun nightly in several locations at town center. See this previous Reston Now article for more details.

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Weekend Picks: Ukuleles, Outdoor Movie, Police Sports

The Aloha Boys at the 2013 Lake Anne Ukulele Festival/File photoThere are three special events in Reston this weekend that are mark-your-calendar worthy.

Saturday

Ukulele Festival: The fifth annual Lake Anne Ukulele Festival takes place at Lake Anne Plaza. The fun begins at noon, with live performances and workshops that will run until 6 p.m.

To see a full schedule of performances, see this previous Reston Now story.

Sunday

Police Sports Extravaganza: With the 2015 World Police and Fire Games opening in Fairfax County in exactly a year, organizers want to give residents a sneak peak of some of the competition that will take place here.

There will be a Police & Fire Sports Extravaganza from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Reston Town Center.

There will be a full day of sports, music and fun so visitors can get a sneak peek at the 2015 World Police & Fire Games events, which organizers say is the largest multi-sport competition ever staged in the Washington metropolitan area.

Among the activities: live demonstrations of Honor Guard, Muster Carts, K9, Police Motors, Lawfit, Tug of War, Darts, Martial Arts and Sub Grappling; a Kids Zone;  and a touch-a-truck area where youngsters can explore a police cruiser and fire engine.

Reston Town Center will be a hub of activity for the 12,000 athletes and nearly as many spectators here next summer. Town Center will serve as the athletes village for nightly special events. There will also be several competitions in Reston, including the Open Water Swim in Lake Audubon.

Summer Film Festival: Lake Anne Plaza continues its outdoor summer film festival with a showing of “The Breakfast Club” on the plaza a dusk (about 8 p.m.).

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and your own popcorn — though plaza restaurants will be open and ready to serve.

Photo: 2o13 Ukulele Festival at Lake Anne/file photo

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Local Leaders Begin Countdown To World Police & Fire Games

Gov. Terry McAuliffe in honorary chair of the 2015 World Police and Fire Games/Credit:  Craig S. Luecke

Local officials and Virginia’s governor gathered in Vienna Wednesday to kick off the countdown to the 2015 World Police and Fire Games.

The games, which will bring more than 12,000 athletes/public safety officers to Fairfax County beginning June 26 of next year, are expected to be an economic boom for the county as well.

While events will take place all over the county, Reston will play a key role in the games. The Hyatt Regency Reston will serve as the Athletes’ Village for the competition for the 10-day event, says Fairfax 2015 CEO Bill Knight.

Fairfax 2015, the organizing committee for the biennial games, announced at a news conference Wednesday the establishment of an Honorary Board, as well as new funding commitments of $5 million from public and private sources.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will chair the Honorary Board. Other leaders on the board: Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell;  Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine; Congressmen Gerry Connolly, James Moran and Frank Wolf; Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran; George Mason University President Angel Cabrera; President & CEO, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Jim Corcoran; and baseball great Cal Ripken, among others. (See full list on Fairfax 2015 website)

Fairfax County tourism officials project that games’ visitors and activities will bring $60 to $80 million into the county.

It will cost $20 million to put on the event, Fairfax 2015 says. The group has received corporate sponsorship commitments, and McAuliffe said he has requested funding in this fiscal year budget. Corporate sponsors who have committed over $2 million so far: Keolis, Pierce, SAIC, Scott Safety, Cardinal Bank, Cordia Partners, and Venable law firm.

“I am excited to serve as Chairman of these Fairfax 2015 Olympic-style games and to help support and honor the first responders and public safety heroes who have given of their service and sometimes their lives to protect us,” McAuliffe said at the news conference at Fairfax County Fire Station 42 near Wolf Trap National Park, where the closing ceremonies will take place next July.

Opening ceremonies will take place at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. and sporting events will happen at 53 locations in the county. Exact venues will be announced soon, officials said.

Earlier this year, Knight said Reston may be home to weightlifting and Honor Guard competitions, as well as a dodgeball competition, a cycling event and the open water swim.

Knight has executive experience with the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, World Cup USA and other major events. He said on Wednesday that the group is “making great progress in the planning and coordination of the Games which are 400 days from today.”

“The days will fly-by, so it is critical that individual citizens and business leaders step-up today, embrace the World Police and Fire Games and help accelerate the momentum we are currently enjoying,” Knight said.

Photo: Gov.Terry McAuliffe. Credit: Craig Luecke

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