Schedule of Events

Transfer Deadline - March 31st, 2017

Online Registration Closes - April 6, 2017, or when field is filled

Early Packet Pickup - Potomac River Running Store at Reston Town Center  - Friday, April 7th - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Packet Pickup - Potomac River Running Store at Reston Town Center  - Saturday, April 8th - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Packet Pickup - South Lakes High School - Saturday, April 8th - 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Pre-Race Dinner - South Lakes High School - Saturday, April 8th - 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Packet Pick-up - South Lakes High School - Sunday, April 9th - 6:00 am – 7:00 am

Runner welcome and National Anthem - South Lakes High School - Sunday, April 9th -7:20 am

Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay - South Lakes High School - Sunday, April 9th - 7:30 am

Results posted in high school - as become available

Half Marathon awards ceremony - South Lakes High School - Sunday, April 9th - around 10:00 am

Marathon and marathon relay awards ceremony - South Lakes High School - Sunday, April 9th - around 11:30 am

Course Fully Opens to Traffic - Sunday, April 9th - 1:30pm


What should I wear?

Temperatures can vary widely in the early spring in the DC area. We suggest you bring gloves, a hat and long sleeve shirt, but be ready to run in a singlet. Early in the race, you might have to shed some clothes so don’t wear anything too nice in case you want to throw them away. If you want to shed some clothes prior to the race start, you will be able to check them in at the gear check station. Past temperatures on April 9 in Reston:

2016 - Hi 50 Lo 34

2015 - Hi 50 Lo 45

2014 – Hi 69 Lo 44

2013 – Hi 86 Lo 60

Tell me about the Gear Check Station

You will be able to leave a drop bag in the high school gym. We'll keep it safe for you.

Relay Information

Relay FAQ can be found here in the next few weeks

Can I use my own Championchip chip?

No. Commonwealth Race Management will provide a timing tag device to you at packet pickup.

Are showers available on race day?

Yes, at South Lakes High School.

Where do I pick up my Race Packet? Can someone pick my packet up for me?

See Schedule of Events above.

You or a friend may pickup your packet, no ID or signed letters are required. However, we would like to see you before the race and we encourage all runners to pick up their own race packet. It is important for runners to verify their data and make any necessary changes.

Will there be a Pre-Race Dinner?

Yes!! We will be hosting a runner and family/friends dinner Saturday, April 8th from 5:30 - 7:30pm at the South Lakes High School. It is FREE to all volunteers and registered participants. Your guests can join you for $10, $5 for children. Watch your email in box for your invitation. RSVP's preferred.

Can I bike to the Race Start?

Please do - If you bike to the start (runners and volunteers) you will receive a $15 gift certificate. We like to know if you're going to do this so we can make announcements about you. Remind us when you get there.

Does the race benefit a charity?

Yes! Proceeds from this event benefit the Reston Runners Community Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to area high school students.

Do you have a mailing list I can subscribe to?

Yes. When you register as a volunteer or runner you will be added to our Mailing List to receive periodic announcements and race updates. Or email if you'd like more information.

Do you need volunteers?

Yes! We couldn't possibly put on an event like this without our volunteers, so please pass the word and invite your friends and family members to help out. You can sign up to volunteer on our Volunteer Page (this will be live in January). Indoor and outdoor slots are available and all volunteers will receive long sleeved cotton tee shirts, free dinner, undying appreciation.


When does registration open and close?

Registration for the Runners Marathon and Half Marathon opens September 30th, 2016. Online registration will close at the end of business on April 6th, 2017, or earlier if the field is filled. We like it if you register early - it really helps when we order your shirts and other bling. The Race Director reserves the right to cap the size of the race field.

What are the entry fees?

The fee to enter the Marathon and Half Marathon is $85 until January 1st, 2017 when it goes up to $95. The Relay is $160 until 1/1/17, then $200.

Can I register on the day of the race?

No. The last opportunity to register will be at the Packet Pickup on April 8, 2017 at South Lakes High School or earlier if the field is filled.

If I sign up for the half and I later decide that I want to run the marathon, can I switch events? Is there an additional cost? How can I change my status prior to race day?

You can transfer between the events, provided the other event you want to run in is not full. In order to do so you must contact requesting the change prior to March 31, 2017. We don't charge for this switch.

If I sign up for the marathon, and then decide that I want to run the half in the middle of the run, can I switch events?

This is a little more complicated. The courses are not identical (marathoners have an out-and-back around mile 7), so you won't get an exact half marathon if you just stop after the first lap. But don't continue onto the second lap if you're pretty sure you won't make it... just finish the race and let the finish line people know you only ran one lap. They'll give you a 1/2 marathon medal. Then be sure to let the timing people know you did that so you don't win some award for running a super fast marathon.

Can a Race Entry be transferred to someone else?

You may transfer your entry to another participant. The transferee must register and sign all of our waivers. In order to do so you must contact us ( requesting the transfer prior to March 31, 2017.  Any unauthorized transfers will result in disqualification. Now here's where we want you to listen very carefully: DO NOT GIVE YOUR BIB TO SOMEONE ELSE. We allow for FREE TRANSFERS to another runner to help you avoid this, and then your friend can run the race officially under their own name. It causes race directors and other runners a LOT of heart ache when there are "bandits" because in small races, those bandits often win age group awards.

I was injured after registering for the race. Can I get a refund or defer until next year?

Sorry, no. We incur fixed costs for each runner based on registration numbers, and we spend the registration fees on shirts and other stuff long before you got injured. As a result, unfortunately, we are not able to allow any refunds after November 15th.  In the meantime – please volunteer! We certainly could use you, and your help will be appreciated. We have approximately 200 volunteer slots for you to choose from!

Will you mail or email a confirmation to me?

If you register online, you will receive a confirmation email immediately from Enmotive. We do advise early registration as registration fees increase the closer it gets to race day. We will be posting participant lists to the web site starting in January.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

You must be at least 17 years old to participate in the Marathon and 12 years old to participate in the Half Marathon.

How come races cost so much?

The cost of any road race is based on the services provided, which are often independent of the distance covered or number of participants. Such examples typically include permits, police, timing, potties, and advertising costs. We also spend money on premiums and medals, road safety, venue fees, signs, and food. Lucky for us (and you), there are many individuals and businesses donating money to reduce the race fees. And all those working to organize and manage the race volunteer their time

Our Course

Are the Courses Certified?

Yes. Both courses are certified, your time on the Marathon may be used as a Boston qualifier. 26.2 - VA13010RT, 13.1 - VA13009RT

What type of running surfaces are on the course?

The race is run on paved asphalt and local streets.

What is the time limit for the full Marathon and Half Marathon?

The course will remain open for 6 hours until 1:30 pm. That means marathoners need to average 13:44 min/mile to make the cut off, and half-marathoners can amble at 25 min/mile. Anyone who cannot maintain the pace requirements must move to the sidewalk as the course will reopen and allow regular traffic through. Runner services cannot be guaranteed for participants beyond stated pace requirements.

What type of liquids do you provide along the course?

There will be hydration stops approximately every 2 miles. We will offer water and Gatorade and snacks.

Can I wear headphones while racing on the course?

We highly discourage the use of MP3 players for your safety and for the safety your fellow runners.

Are strollers or special vehicles permitted on the course?

The following items are not permitted on the course by race participants: skateboards, bicycles, roller blades, baby joggers, or any other types of vehicles (other than official Marathon vehicles). These regulations are for the participant’s safety, our insurance, and the safety of the other participants in the race.

Is the course closed?

Approximate 1/3 of the course uses the Reston Association paved pathways. These beautiful paths will not be closed to the local residents. We will do our best to keep you (and them) safe on the course, but you may encounter local dog walkers, bird watchers, or strollers from time to time. The rest of the course will be on roads which will be coned off to traffic but not closed to traffic.

Is it possible to drive the Marathon course?

No. The course is not entirely drivable as much of the course is on paved Reston trails – which make for a very nice post race bike ride.

Will there be mile markers along the route?

Yes. Every mile will be marked.

Where can spectators watch the race?

We recommend the following locations to cheer on the runners:• At the corner of Sunrise Valley and South Lakes Road, after miles 2 and 15.• Hunter Woods Pool just before miles 7 and 20. Parking and access from Reston Parkway• Corner of Glade Drive and Colts Neck Road, just after miles 7 and 20. Parking available at Hunter Woods Village Center. • South Lakes Drive, just east of Colts Neck Road, after miles 10 and 23. Parking at South Lakes Drive Park.

Is the course flat?

Next question.


Will there be a training program?


What online resources do you recommend?

Long distance running can be rewarding, fun, and certainly is a great way to stay in shape and balance out a healthy life style. But it is hard work. Fortunately there are many resources to help you meet your goals. A good on-line place to start is the Road Runners Club of America, the oldest and largest national association of running clubs, running events, and runners dedicated to promoting running as a competitive sport and as healthy exercise – RRCA.ORG. Other good on-line places to look at are:,,

Packet Pickup

Where do I pick up my Race Packet? Can someone pick my packet up for me?

See above in the Schedule of Events. You or a friend may pickup your packet, no ID or signed letters are required. However, we would like to see you before the race and we strongly encourage all runners to pick up their own race packet. It is important for runners to verify their data and make any necessary changes.

Driving, Directions, Parking and Travel

Where is the Runners Marathon of Reston?

Reston Virginia is 22 miles outside (west) of Washington DC, and 7 miles from Dulles International Airport.

How do I get to the start?

The race will start and end at South Lakes High School: 11400 South Lakes Drive Reston, VA 20191

Is there plenty of parking?

Yes! So much space! There are two main parking lots at South Lakes High School - the faculty lot located on the Seahawk Drive side of the building and the student lot located on the stadium side of the building. Please use these lots. There is NO PARKING on South lakes Drive or nearby Twin Branches Road. Volunteers please park at Terraset Elementary.

How do I get to Packet Pickup, Race Expo, and Pre-Race Dinner?

All three events will be held at the South Lakes High School: 11400 South Lakes Drive Reston, VA 20191. If you go for early packet pick up (Friday PM, Saturday AM) you'll go to Potomac River Running at Reston Town Center.

Where can I stay in the Reston area?

Our Reston area hotels offer easy access to the event as well as to Reston Town Center where there are many dining and shopping options.

 The Sheraton Reston Hotel, is less than 3 miles from the start and has rooms available for participants at a special rate of $89 plus tax per night. You can call the hotel at (703) 620-9000 and mention that you're with the Reston Runners Group or register on-line to book at the special rate - and thanks for coming to Reston, we are looking forward to meeting you.

Any good places to eat while I am in town?

Of course why do you think we run! The Reston area offers many great dining options, check out our Dining Guide for a list of some of our favorites.

Awards and Results

Awards will be given to 94 Marathon and 94 Half Marathon runners as follows:

  • Overall Male Open (3 deep)

  • Overall Female Open (3 deep)

  • Overall Male Masters (3 deep)

  • Overall Female Masters (3 deep)

  • First Male Reston Runner finisher

  • First Female Reston Runner finisher

  • First First-Time Male finisher

  • First First-Time Female finisher

  • First Relay Team to finish

  • Plus, three deep in Five-Year (M&F) Age Groups, as follows: Under 19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75+

  • Overall winners are not eligible to double dip for age group awards.

  • Masters is considered anyone 40 years old or above on race day.

  • The race will be chip timed and scored by Commonwealth Race Management.

  • Awards will be based upon chip – NOT GUN – time. Except overall (1, 2, 3) winners, which are scored by GUN time.

  • Everyone who crosses the finish line in the time allotted will receive a finisher’s medal.

  • Results will be available 8:00pm race