RACE REVIEW – The Runners Marathon of Reston

This past weekend I raced in the inaugural Runners Marathon of Reston in Northern Virginia. If you love a very well-managed small community event, then this is the race for you. It doesn’t offer the big crowds of Chicago or Boston, or the big money of New York; all it offers is a beautiful course with great support and great post-race food.

The race starts at South Lake High School, which means that runners can stay indoors before the race, store their bags, keep warm, enjoy the food and drinks that are provided, and use proper bathrooms instead of port-a-jons. 

The course is a double loop for the full marathon (a half-marathon is also offered) that is run half on city streets well marked with traffic cones and police support, and then half on parts of Reston’s extensive bike trail system.  This is a hilly course, no doubt about it, but it’s a very pretty one, as the trails head through the woods, across streams, and even through a pedestrian tunnel.  Along the way the aid stations offer not just water and sports drink, but gels, bananas, oranges, and fig newtons.

The race ends back at South Lakes High School for a lap on the track, and then runners head indoors to feast on pizza, chili (meat or vegetarian), oranges, muffins and bread.  Awards are deep, and are made up of a matted or framed photo of a beautiful view of the trail the race had just covered.

Usually I’m concerned about running an inaugural event, since there are kinks that usually need to be worked out.  But in the Runners Marathon of Reston, it’s hard to imagine how the event could get even better.  http://runnersmarathon.com


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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