Reston Sprint Triathlon
The Reston Sprint Triathlon in-person race is the largest triathlon in Virginia. The race typically hosts over 1000 athletes annually and has raised more than $380,000 for Cornerstones since the race was founded in 2007. This year, 2021, is the 15th Annual RST. The in-person race is Aug 15th. For more info about the RST in-person race, please visit the RST website.
Cornerstones is a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services. This year, Cornerstones is celebrating their 50th Anniversary.
The 2021 Virtual RST Race FAQ’s
The Virtual Reston Sprint Triathlon will be completed by athletes in their own time, in their own way, anytime between June 6th and August 15th. Yes, that means no 5 am wake up alarm on a Sunday morning! Athletes will choose their own start and finish lines and can participate from any location across the country!
Athletes may swim, bike and/or run on any course of their choosing. Just be safe and socially distanced!
What are the guidelines?
Based on your feedback, we have added options to make it easy to participate and stay active during this challenging time. Athletes will choose their own experience and set a goal to crush it!
- Run – Bike – Run
- Bike – Run – Bike
- Swim – Bike – Run
- Athlete’s Choice* – Bike – Run
Athlete’s choice means that you may alternatively opt for an exercise of your choosing for this leg of the event. For the bike portion, athletes may use a stationary bike or bike outside. Walking instead of running is an option! Athletes will complete their race between June 6th and August 15th. We encourage you to invite your friends and family to cheer you on!
How does timing work?
Timing will be completed on the athlete’s device of choice (smart phone, smart watch, manual time, etc.). Athletes will have the opportunity to log their scores and compare their rankings. Athletes may also join our Strava RST Club
to connect with another athletes.
What about awards?
Unlike a traditional race, awards will be spirit based. Athletes will have the opportunity to share their story, promote positivity and help keep the sport of triathlon thriving across the country through social media. Hashtags and instructions will follow as we draw closer to race weekend!
How about swag and medals?
Athlete finisher’s medal for the virtual RST will be mailed to registrants in mid-July. Those who register AFTER July 1st, will receive their medals in mid-August.
Athletes will also receive race bibs and completion certificates downloadable from the RaceEntry athlete self-management platform.
What other benefits are available for RST athletes?
- Join the Athlete-Only RST Facebook Group to connect with other athletes, and create camaraderie and accountability
- Join the RST Strava Group to learn how other athletes train and seek inspiration
- Join our Ambassador Program to share your story and help promote multi-sport across the country
- Share your “WHY I TRI” story and be featured on our blog by emailing your story and photo.
The Virtual Meetups sound like a great idea! How can I join?
Our monthly Meetup call series begins on Feb 15th at 7:00 pm and is open to the first 100 attendees each week. Topics range from starting / returning to training, bike tips, stretching, to how to train without a pool. Registered athletes for both the virtual and in-person RST events will receive invitations via email to join the Zoom calls. So, keep an eye on your inbox!
You mentioned giving back and volunteering. How else I participate and join RST in helping our local community?
Volunteer opportunities for RST committees are coming soon! Please stay tuned.
I’m a previous sponsor or am interested in becoming a sponsor. What are this year’s opportunities?
Businesses have the opportunity to engage RST/CORE Foundation events in a variety of ways:
- Be recognized on the RST webpage
- Donate a silent auction or raffle item
The RST is presented by CORE Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which supports CORE Causes in the Northern Virginia area.