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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!

Bicycle commuters on Bike to Work Day- May 18

May is National Bike Month – Reston Town Center hosts a lot of biking events throughout the year, but in May, we host a pit stop for National Bike To Work Day presented by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. This event has more than 12,000 participants who commit to biking to and from work on May 18 with 49 pit stops around the Washington D.C. area.

These pit stops are where all the fun happens – we had 350 cyclists at our stop this year. The morning started off with a complimentary high-energy breakfast supplied by several of Reston’s favorite food suppliers, including Community Canteen. Pit stops usually have raffle prizes, food, drink, free tee-shirts and more. It’s also where you can meet up with an experienced commuter convoy if you’re not a pro at navigating the best bike route to work. The Bike Lane in Reston Town Center was also there to give riders a complimentary bike safety check before the convoy rolled out.

Congressman Connolly addresses the Bike to Work Day crowd in the Pavilion before they ride off

Congressman Connolly addresses the Bike to Work Day crowd in the Pavilion before they ride off.

Bike to Work Day is a great event for people to use as a dry to start biking to work – see how long it takes, what your energy levels are the rest of the day and find the best route all while experiencing the biking community in the D.C. area.

Aside from being fun, biking to work has a lot of perks for you and the environment: it gives you a great workout – cardio and strength if you happen upon some hills – and saves you money on gas and car upkeep. According to a Forbes article this month, “The average annual operating cost of a bicycle is $308, compared to $8,220 for the average car.” That means bicyclists in the U.S. save $4.6 billion a year. Biking instead of driving is becoming an epidemic in the U.S. and the number of bicycle commuters has increased 40% from 2000 to 2010.

Saving gas and money also means saving the environment. If you ride your bike 10 miles to work every week, you are saving 418 grams of carbon monoxide from the air, reducing your carbon footprint. With all these benefits to biking over driving, we’ll be expecting even higher numbers next year at our pit stop and hope to see you there!

And here are some of the best biking trails in the DC area to get you started. Happy biking!

Evolution Cycling’s 10th Annual Reston Town Center Grand Prix bicycle race is happening this Sunday, June 26, 7:30am-5pm!  Experience the speed and thrills of races around Reston Town Center, featuring the Mid-Atlantic’s top men and women racers, competing for thousands in cash and prizes.

The Reston Town Center Grand Prix will host more than 500 athletes to compete at all levels, from beginner to seasoned racer.  Thousands of spectators will be able to watch cyclists fly down the streets and whip around tight corners at thundering speeds.

The schedule includes children’s races for younger cyclists aged 4 to 9 years old, beginning at 12pm.  Children with any kind of bike are welcome to participate in the race as long as they are wearing a bike helmet. The Bike Lane will be providing complimentary helmet checks on site.

Proceeds from the event will support The Raisin Hope Foundation, an organization that encourages brain injury research and promotes public awareness and understanding of people with a disability as a result of a brain injury.

Evolutionary Cycling is a non-profit organization governed by volunteer members, and is a member of USA Cycling, the Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA) and the Virginia Cycling Association (VCA). Learn more at www.evolutioncycling.org

Congratulations to all who participated in the Tour de Cure on Saturday, June 5!  It was a great success, as thousands of bikers from around the region gathered to support those who live with diabetes.  The American Diabetes Association is still campaigning, and they are very close to reaching their $700,000 goal!

Designed as a series of routes for various riding distances, Tour de Cure is able to accommodate participants of all ages and experience levels. From 4 year-olds being towed along in bike attachments to 70 year-old professional cyclists; whether riding for oneself, a loved one, or simply to support a good cause, people from all walks of life were present at Saturday’s event at Reston Town Center.

 As the Tour is not a race, but rather a paced excursion, bikers were able to focus on the cause rather than their individual performance.  Staggering the start of the various biking distances—which ranged from 12 miles to 100 miles—allowed for all groups to return to the town center around the same time period. Riders came back to cheering fans and enthusiastic supporters.

After the bikers returned, the fun was only just beginning. The event featured a catered lunch to all participants, karate and hula performances, bike check-ups from RTC’s own The Bike Lane, a Gold’s Gym Cycle-a-thon, and more!

Tour de Cure’s tour de force left the greater Washington area filled with anticipation for next year’s event, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday June 3, 2012!

The Tour de Cure is coming to Reston Town Center this Sunday, June 5, 6:00am-5:00pm! This national series of fundraising cycling events is held in 43 states and benefits the American Diabetes Association. The Tour is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for everyone from the occasional rider to the experienced cyclist. Whether you ride 10 miles or 100 miles, you will travel a route supported from start to finish with rest stops, food to fuel the journey and fans to cheer you on!

Last year, more than 50,000 cyclists in 80 Tour events raised nearly $17 million to support the mission of the ADA: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetesTake the Ride of Your Life. Sign up today and let’s ride!

Save some time on the morning of June 5th by visiting The Bike Lane at Reston Town Center. Early turn-in and packet pickup is available to registered riders this Friday, June 3, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Bring your safety waiver, collection envelope, and “offline” donations. You will be provided with a rider packet that contains your bib number, helmet sticker, and cue sheets. Riders must be present to participate.

Morning check-in on June 5th is still an option and volunteers are happy to assist you. Route cue sheets will be provided at Tour de Cure event.

The Bike Lane: 11943 Democracy Drive Reston, VA 20190.

Find out more information at the National Capital Tour de Cure website. 

Friday, December 10, 3 – 7 pm, in front of the Pavilion

The Marines will be onsite accepting unwrapped toys and cash donations during the MIX 107.3 live broadcast with Carson & Chilli from Fountain Square. Last year, the 4-hour campaign brought in $4,470 in cash and checks, plus a FULL truckload of Toys for Tots. They’re anticipating surpassing those quantities this year, and various retailers will be offering special giveaways during the event – come and be a part of the fun for a good cause! In advance, The Bike Lane is also accepting monetary donations (in store or at thebikelane.com) to purchase new bikes and helmets for the event. Last year they were able to donate 40 bikes and helmets!

Interested in riding in the Reston Tour de Cure coming up June 20th? Here’s your chance to learn more and get charged! Thursday night marks the free Tour de Cure Kick Off Party at The Bike Lane in Reston Town Center. Enjoy food and refreshments while you get rider, team and volunteer crew information and win great prizes! Pick up your tour brochures, posters and other materials and learn winning recruitment and fund-raising strategies from successful leaders. Bring team members, friends, neighbors, co-workers! RSVP needed. Learn more.

The Toys for Tots Drive with The Bike Lane in 2008.

The Marines will be here in Town Center today to accept unwrapped toys and cash donations for Toys for Tots during the MIX 107.3 live broadcast from Fountain Square. Come out to see Mix’s Chilli & Carson during the live broadcast from 3-7pm! The Bike Lane is also collecting donations for youth bikes and helmets. For more details visit http://bit.ly/80ug6P

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