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Top of the mornin’ to ya! This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration kicks off in a brand new fashion: with the Potomac River Running Lucky Leprechaun 5K on Saturday, March 16, at 8:30am!

Start your Irish-palooza with a festive 3.1 mile run around Reston Town Center.  The 5k course winds its way on the roads surrounding Reston Town Center, and let it be noted – with a 60 minute time limit en tow.  If that sounds daunting, don’t worry! The average time to walk a mile is 20 minutes, and with this track being just over three miles maintaining an easy pace should get you through! Who knows, maybe you’ll even find some gold.*

Stroller-bound wee ’uns: unfortunately this course is not stroller friendly, so you will have to wait for your care-taker at the finish line; we recommend waiting with another care-taker. For the slightly older tykes, there will be a free Kid’s Fun Run at 9:30am – registration for this portion of the event will take place on the morning of March 16 in front of the Pavilion.

Like proof of your commitment to fitness and all things St. Patty’s?  Register early and snag some sweet swag in the form of a Lucky Leprechaun t-shirt: www.prraces.com/luckyleprechaun.

Ok, so you just ran an incredible race on a Saturday morning through the wilds of Reston. It was harrowing. It was revitalizing. It was the fuel for your healthy Irish heart! And, not to mention it gave some early repentance for the day’s coming food and beverage choices…

So, what are you going to do next?!

Stomp across that finish line and get refueled Emerald Isle-style with the Clyde’s of Reston St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – that’s what you’re going to do! At 10am get your fill with the Bacon & Kegs Irish breakfast, then enjoy Clyde’s food, Guinness beer, and Irish folk dancing all day long.  Kid’s get in the spirit too with activities to keep ‘em going all the live long day, including festive face painting and a moon bounce.

Raise a pint, dance a jig, twirl a lass, and eat your fill. This celebration raves on rain or shine on Saturday, March 16, 10am – 11pm. Sláinte!

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*Reston Town Center does not maintain or manage the existence of gold or its distribution in or around the 5K loop area. That is left for participating leprechauns, rainbows, or Brangelina to bestow upon who they wish.

Fall is finally here – the weather has cooled down, school has started, and you’re ready to get back on track. Now’s the time get active, and get a jump start on the cold winter months…and maybe some of the activities and events at Reston Town Center can help!

Here’s what we’ve got coming up:

Join Potomac River Running for their weekly fun run on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. This low key group run led by store staff and members of various local training groups allows runners of every pace and experience to feel at home in a casual setting! The free program is a great way to meet new people and add some structure to your training schedule.  They also have a special free kettlebell group session on Saturday, September 29, 9-10 am in the Pavilion for those who want to increase their strength!


Get Active with Athleta at one of their many health and fitness classes or workshops! This month check out their Nutrition Club on Sundays 10:30–11:30 am; explore juicing as a cleanse or way to simply increase your fruits and veggie during the raw cuisine juicing class on Sunday, June 23. They also have a Run Club on Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 pm, but if running isn’t your thing, they have a Cardio Happy Hour Tuesdays, 6-7 pm.  For moms looking for a fun way to get active and meet other moms, they offer a Rolling Stroller meet-up on Wednesdays from 10-11 am, but if you want to roll a little faster, the Power-to-the-She Cycle Club may be a good fit (meets Saturdays along with The Bike Lane’s 20 mile morning ride 9-11am). And for those who prefer to chat and socialize instead of gasping for air, there is a Walk Club that meets Sunday Mornings from 9:30-10:30 am for a 3 mile walk around Reston Town Center. Athleta is also celebrating National Yoga month with Yoga classes on Saturdays September 22 (Pavilion) and 29 (in the store) from 8-9 am. All these activities are free, so get involved and try something new!

Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Candlelight Rally is only one mile, but raises support and awareness for The Alzheimer’s Association research that can reclaim the future for millions. So join us in the Pavilion at 5pm on Sunday, September 30 for a special walk and candlelight rally.

Help the Homeless Walk at Mayflowersis coming up on Thursday, October 4, 12 pm to support Reston Interfaith’s program to raise awareness and funds to prevent and end homelessness in our community. The brief walk from Mayflowers to the Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter and back (about a mile or so) and is a good, social way to enjoy the great outdoors while helping your community. Reston Interfaith will receive a $50,000 bonus incentive through the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless program if 4,000 people walk, so gather your friends and register now!

Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K, Pumpkin Smash Mile and Kids’ Pumpkin Dash are on Saturday, October 6, starting at 8:00 am for a fun morning where the whole family can get out and play. You can run, walk, or jog any of the three spooktacular events while enjoying a beautiful day outside with family and friends celebrating health and the fall festive season! The Great Pumpkin 5K is for families, joggers, and those rare few who can sprint over three miles. The Pumpkin Smash Mile is more of a speedy mile-long costume party complete with prizes for best costume! And then last but not least, the little ones get to run it out in the Kids’ Pumpkin Dash – costumes are a plus! A pumpkin decorating contest will also be going on throughout the event, so bring your energy, creativity and sport your best Halloween costume!

Light the Night Walk for Leukemia & Lymphoma is a celebration of light and life for the noble cause of finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. The event starts with food, festivities and a remembrance ceremony in memory of those who have lost their battle against blood cancers, followed by the two-mile walk, then more food, carnival games, live music by MOJO and celebrations galore! Register now and get more details here.

And once you’re back on track this fall, you can be ready for our winter events!

PRR has several winter running events at Reston Town Center. They can wrap up your fall with the Nearly Naked Mile on November 10; Gingerbread Man Mile (for kids!) on November 23, Run with Santa 5k on December 9, and finally the New Year’s Day 5k!  For registration and information visit http://www.prraces.com.

And you can’t forget Reston Town Center’s favorite winter activity, ICE SKATING! The rink opens in the Pavilion on November 1 and will be open daily (including holidays) with lessons available for those of us that haven’t laced up our skates in a while.

All of these events and activities are great ways to build a fun, active lifestyle, support your community and keep you and your family fit. So register for one or all of them and get out here!

In our last post, we shared some of our best activities around Reston Town Center to prevent childhood summer “brain drain,” so to keep the summertime fun rolling, here are the rest of our top 10 fun learning activities!

1. If you’re looking for something the whole family can do together on Saturday mornings from 10 – 10:45 am, the Family Fun Entertainment Series at Reston Town Square Park is just the ticket. Performances run through August 11 and include mischievous mime antics, puppet shows, magic, live music and more! There is plenty of seating space and grass for a picnic and be sure to not miss the free Rocknocerous concert coming up on July 28 – their music is fun for kids AND adults!

2. Summertime creates some of the best memories, so if you’re feeling crafty, you can make a summer fun scrap book with pictures and keepsakes from trips, outings, or even crafts! Paper Source has funky paper, hundreds of stickers and sparkly, creative embellishments for all your pages and FedEx can help with the printing and cutting. This gives your kids a cool indoor activity where they get to be the creative captain!

3. This summer has been extremely hot, but if you’re tired of the pool, you could bring the little ones down to the interactive fountain in Reston Town Square Park to splash around and cool off. The fountain is open 9 am – 10 pm, Monday – Sunday, and at noon on Saturdays through August 11 after the Family Fun Entertainment Series.

4. If you want to tire the little ones out, a bike ride or nature walk might do the trick. The W&OD trail is right next to Reston Town Center; The Bike Lane and Potomac River Running can get you set up with all the equipment you could need like a jogging stroller or kids bikes. The Bike Lane even rents out adult bikes on a daily basis if yours has gone the way of the garage sale!

5. You have to make lunch, right? Well, might as well pack it in to-go boxes for a picnic in the park! They’ll have so much fun they won’t even notice the veggies in their lunches. There are benches, trash cans and plenty of shaded grass to spread out on in Presidents Park & Hyatt Park in front of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Enjoy the outside fun and explore with your kids how being active and healthy foods help their brain and bodies grow!

Whew! That should keep them busy for a while. But if you have superhuman children and still need more ideas, check out the Reston Town Center events calendar or our “Kids Activities Around the Town” Pinterest board for some pintastic fun!

And even though we’re full swing into summer and don’t want to think about school, mark your calendars:  Virginia’s tax free weekend for back-to-school shopping is coming up on August 3-5 where qualifying school supplies selling for $20 or less per item, and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax.

Staying fit and taking care of your body is no easy task, but with a little motivation and lot of variety, it can at least be fun. Reston Town Center  has so many creative fitness events that the hard part is choosing which ones you want to do.

Variety in exercise regimes (aka cross training) is very important to a well-balanced muscular system and broadens your physical abilities, says Barbara Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, associate professor, Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Southwest Missouri State University in an About.com Women’s Health article.  Different workouts also provide a variety of “good” stress on the body, like aerobic, anaerobic, isometric, strength or resistance training.

For example, a cyclist may want to switch it up with a yoga class or swimming to challenge their cardiovascular system and increase flexibility to improve their stamina and prevent injuries.

Switching up your routine also prevents boredom, which can ruin your motivation and create a plateau of physical performance according to the American Council on Exercise. So don’t get stuck in your routine; grab some friends and head to Reston Town Center for events like these:

Lov
e Your Body, on June 10, 2012, cultivated and celebrated yoga and holistic wellness. 40 yoga studios, wellness centers and vendors shared  ways to Love Your Body with free classes for the whole family, massages, henna and alternative healing therapies demonstrations such as Reiki, chiropractic, massage, and yoga therapy.Down Dog on Love Your Body Day in the Pavilion

Athleta hosts events in the Pavilion to celebrate the strength of the female form. The Power of She, was a 3 day event, June 19-21, 2012, filled with activities featuring local gyms, trainers, clubs, professional athletes, health and beauty consultants and local restaurants and eateries with classes like Hoopnotica, Belly Dancing, Turbo Kick and Hip Hop to stay active and fit. Throughout the month of July join Athleta for a myriad of fitness activities, including Yoga Fridays, July 13 & 26, at 8am; and 9:30am Sunday Meet-up groups for running (July 8), walking (July 22), and cycling (July 29)!

Potomac River Running  also hosts Fun Runs, a weekly running group on Thursday nights at 6:30 that traverses through the W&OD trail for beginners and competitors to have a social work out. It’s perfect for groups of friends or family who want something to participate in together.

RTC Grand Prix RaceFor you cyclists, Reston Grand Prix was last weekend, but is hosted at Reston Town Center every year in June. If you want to test your speed and reflexes, sign up for the Grand Prix presented by The Bike Lane  for the 1.25K 8-turn course through the heart of Reston Town Center.
 

Feeling fit yet? Coming up tomorrow, July 4, is the Firecracker 5k hosted by Potomac River Running. This event is a great way to celebrate our nation’s birthday with the whole family. There’s T-shirts, little kids fun run after the race, a post race breakfast, free massages, live music, race photos and cash prizes. Registration is still open, so sign up now for a discount.

So whatever your sport is, branch out, challenge yourself and try something new – and bring your friends and family with you!

Photo courtesy of Marine Corps Marathon

For the second year in a row Reston’s Potomac River Running Store has conquered the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Team Running Store Competition.  A total of 15 stores from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. participated in the competition.  With a winning time of 8:46:30, PRR Reston clinched the win by 14 minutes.

PRR team members consisted of Adam Condit, Christ Sloane, and Mary Klaff.  Condit finished fifth overall in the competition – among 21,023 MCM finishers – with an individual time of 2:29:28 (beating his 2010 time of 2:31:00), pushing the PRR team into first.  Team Running Store results are determined by combining the finishing times of each store’s fastest three runners, including at least one runner of both genders.

The MCM Running Store Award was presented by MCM Director Rick Nealis and mascot Miles the bulldog to PRR store owners Ray and Cathy Pugsley and Margie and Brendan Shapiro on Wednesday, January 4. “We are so proud of our crew for once again hanging tough and finishing strong,” says Ray Pugsley.

Congratulations Potomac River Running and team! Find information on the Potomac River Running store and races at www.potomacriverrunning.com.

All unofficial results for the 36th MCM Team Competitions are available at www.marinemaration.com.

This year Reston Town Center celebrated the holidays with Disney Princesses, Humpty Dumpty, Mother Goose, and even the Hungry Hungry Caterpillar! We are excited to announce our largest crowd ever, estimated at around 15 thousand people gathered down two blocks of Market Street! We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day and a more thrilling turnout.

The day began with the Gingerbread Man Mile Run, a fun run for kids to race around Reston Town Center and then enjoy delicious Gingerbread Man cookies.

Next was the 21st Annual Reston Holiday Parade celebrating the theme, “Storybook Magic!”  Characters from our favorite childhood stories marched, floated, and danced down Market Street alongside community groups, schools, and entertainers.  Chili and Carson from MIX 107.3 were the official emcees of the parade, keeping the crowds excited and informed of all the parade participants.  Santa Claus was once again the guest of honor, riding through last on his horse-drawn carriage and spreading with him tidings of joy for the new Christmas season.

Throughout the day were visits and photos with Santa, Ice skating, and a fantastic Gingerbread Village on display in the Hyatt Lobby!  Five days in the making, this delicious creation consists of 145 pounds of sugar, 100 pounds of flour, 2 gallons of molasses and honey, 1½ pounds of cinnamon and nutmeg, 15 pounds of pretzels, and 90 pounds of candy!

To round-off the perfect beginning to the holiday season, Santa and Mrs. Claus led thousands of spectators in the lighting of the giant Christmas tree in Fountain Square.  With the help of all who believe, Santa lit the tree on the count of three, and then led the crowds along with the Reston Chorale in a holiday sing along.

View live footage of the 21st Annual Reston Holiday Parade on Comcast Channel 28  in Reston on December 3,4,10,11,24, and 25 at 11am.  Also, view online at www.rctv28.com.

See all our pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/restontowncenter

Reston Celebrates Independence Day Weekend!

Kick off the 4th of July weekend with the Radio King Orchestra as part of the Reston Concerts on the Town Series! In the Pavilion, on Saturday, July 2, 7:30-10pm, settle down on your lawn chairs and picnic baskets for an evening filled with swing and big band jazz!

Next on Sunday, July 3, head back to the pavilion to hear the music created by children and youth musicians gathered from all over the globe in the 7th Annual Youth Orchestra Gala Concert, 6-10pm. Leesburg’s own Youth Music Promotion and Preservation Association (YMPPA), is a non-profit educational organization established with the mission of promoting, supporting, sponsoring, and organizing music programs for children and youth.  It is modeled after the Venezuelan system of youth orchestras, which has proved that music is an effective way to create positive change in society. Enjoy as these children share their talent and give their heart, for the purpose of improving our world and world relations.

Happy Monday! Happy Fourth! Happy early bird freedom run through Reston! Prepare yourself for the day’s massive consumption of hot dogs, potato salad, and various festive drinks, by beginning the day with Potomac River Running and the Firecracker 5K! Nothing says independence like a morning run through the sloping streets of Reston. The race will start and finish at Reston Town Center. The course is a fast loop around the Town Center area on the local roads. Join us, bring the family and begin the July 4th celebration with a run!  Commemorative, technical race t-shirts to all pre-registered runners, and food and awards after the completion of the race.  A portion of the race proceeds benefit the =PR= Award for Excellence.

There will be cash awards for the top 3 overall male and female finishers ($300, $200, $100) as well as for the top master runners ($100) and awards for the top 3 in each age group. 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. For more information visit www.potomacriverrunning.com.

Before the fireworks light the sky get your American spirit revved with the patriotic tunes played by the 257th Army Band in the Pavilion Monday, July 4, 7:00pm. The “Band of the Nation’s Capital,” the 257th Army Band, boasts a proud lineage going back to the legendary Corcoran Cadets of 1883, the DC militia that inspired John Philip Sousa to compose his march of the same name. Through a series of mergers with other organizations such as the 121st Engineers in 1921, The 260th Costal Artillery Unit in 1939, and ultimately the 91st Army Band in 1959, the ensemble faithfully continues to provide musical support for the Washington DC National Guard while proudly representing both the Guard and its home city throughout the world.

Enjoy these exciting concerts and events this weekend at Reston Town Center, and from us to you, Happy Fourth of July!

Reston Town Center at Night, at Oktoberfest Reston 2009

Reston Town Center at Night, at Oktoberfest Reston 2009

 

 

The sights, sounds and smells of a German Oktoberfest celebration once again filled Reston Town Center from Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11. Attendees enjoyed German food, beer and wine along with live entertainment plus carnival rides, all presented by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Participating restaurants included a number of Town Center favorites such as Clyde’s of Reston, The Counter, Il Fornaio, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, M&S Grill, Uno Chicago Grill as well as Cafe Montmartre, Dinner Zen, Paradise Ice Cream, Red Hot & Blue, Vie de France Bakery Café and Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro.

Music and entertainment was presented all three days in the Reston Town Center Pavilion, featuring The Continentals, Sam Gunderson and Cactus Grove, Sexton’s German Band, the Kings Park German Band and many more. The Oktoberfest Reston Carnival offered amusement rides and entertainment for the young and young at heart. Attendees also enjoyed free horse-drawn hay rides and face painting on Saturday, adding even more family fun to Oktoberfest Reston.

Virginia's Greatest Pumpkin

Virginia’s Greatest Pumpkin

Also on Saturday, October 10 was the Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K Races. At the Finish Line Festival, participating runners, walkers, joggers and their families took part in the pumpkin decorating contest from and saw Virginia’s “Greatest Pumpkin” on display. The Children’s Pumpkin Dash offered free races for those 4 to 10 years of age – many who arrived in full Halloween regalia! The Anthem Great Pumpkin 5k was Presented by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance; Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; and Potomac River Running to benefit the INOVA Heart and Vascular Institute.

Established in 1990, beautiful Reston Town Center is an acclaimed outdoor venue offering more than 50 retail shops, 30 restaurants and a 13-screen cinema, plus more to come.  At the Center’s hub, the Pavilion hosts special events, concerts, festivals throughout the year and ice-skating in winter. For more information on shopping, dining and events at Reston Town Center, visit www.restontowncenter.com, and find it on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Address: 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190 Directions: From I-495, take I-66 west to the Dulles Toll Road (Exit 12, Route 267 West) to Reston Parkway (Exit 12). Turn right on Reston Parkway then left on New Dominion Parkway (4th light).

 

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