March 30, 2020
Dear Registered RST Athletes,
We are living in extraordinary times. COVID-19 continues to be a humanitarian crisis, causing incredible uncertainty in the world and significantly disrupting the way we live, work and play. The COVID-19 virus is creating a difficult and rapidly evolving situation that I recognize is impacting all of our athletes, volunteers and sponsors both personally and professionally.
By now you may have already heard Governor Northam’s announcement today that “directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.” This order is in effect until June 10.
While not surprising, clearly the news is disappointing, but our priorities regarding decisions concerning the Reston Sprint Triathlon remain unchanged.
- Keep our athletes, volunteers and staff safe
- Provide a great experience for our athletes
- Maintain our ability to continue to provide this event to our community in the years to come
- Comply with government directives and regulations
In order to ensure we stay focused on those priorities, we will not hold the Reston Sprint Triathlon the weekend of May 31, 2020.
Please keep well and stay tuned for further updates.
All my best,
LATEST UPDATE: Hope everyone is well. Here’s the March 29 video message from Doug regarding our upcoming springtime events.
March 18, 2020
Friends of CORE,
As all are aware, our community faces a significant challenge. The COVID-19 outbreak also referred to as the coronavirus outbreak, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and non-profits, state and local governments and corporations alike are working hard to keep us safe, while at the same time identifying ways to sustain their organizations and the services they provide. This includes the activities and events put on by the CORE Foundation . Make no mistake, these next few months are going to be difficult, but we will get through this if we don’t panic, monitor the situation closely and ensure frequent open and honest communication with our athletes, volunteers and supporters.
As we enter triathlon season in Reston, please be advised that the CORE Foundation is in regular contact with the USA Triathlon Association concerning coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on the national and global sports landscape. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the guidance issued by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). All decisions come from our first priority; the safety of all athletes, volunteers and the communities that allow us to put on our events.
At this time, all CORE Foundation Triathlon events are scheduled to occur as planned. We are meeting daily and currently our plan is to make announcements that impact the date of the event within 30 days of the event date.
In addition, please be aware of the below resources from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State to help reduce your personal risk:
• CDC – Coronavirus Overview
• CDC – Travelers Health
• U.S. Department of State
• Prevention and treatment
Finally, this is a time to be diligent in looking out for others. The economic impact on our community is already having an effect on those who rely on their community for income. Our CORE cause leaders have already suggested ways we can help during this situation, and we welcome your feedback as well.
Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate the next few weeks and please follow us on Facebook and Twitter and bookmark our webpage to get the most up to date information on the events we support.
All my best,