- 10 miles
- Road Race
The Reston 10 Miler is put on by Potomac River Running, a local running store group. It is a very low-key race with a community vibe but it is very well-run (no pun intended).
The race logistics couldn't be easier -- it starts and ends at a high school, there is ample parking in the school parking lots, you can do race-day bib pick-up, and there is usually access to the high school bathrooms. :-)
The start is very low-key. Most people stay inside until 15 minutes before the start time, and then head out to the road. There are no corrals, but people usually line up pretty nicely. When there's a few minutes to the race director gives a warning, and then he starts us off.
The course loops around through pretty neighborhoods with lots and lots of rolling hills. None of the hills are terribly steep or terribly long, but they keep coming!
The race benefits the high school track team, so usually there are lots of students out along the course, directing and cheering on runners. Other than that there's not a lot of crowd support, but the scenery is nice enough to keep me going.
The race finishes through the school parking lot and onto the track. It's an awkward way to finish - weaving around parked cars, across a sidewalk and onto the track - but once you are on the track it is pretty cool to push to the finish line, and then finish a "lap" to cool down.
Post-race, there is plenty of water, bananas and bagels.
My full recap for the 2016 race is here: http://got2run4me.com/2016/03/06/hilly-pr-reston-10-miler-race-recap/