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Build a Foundation

Add some variety to your exercise routine. Run one day and strength train the next. This will not only hold your interest in the workouts longer, but it will give your body the time it needs for recovery. Additionally, you are covering more muscle groups throughout the body and keeping the workouts motivating and different.

To build up endurance for your 5K race include some interval training as part of your regimen. Use hill sessions and up-tempo to your runs to do this. Hold a steady running pace where you do not feel like you are just about to die, but that you can keep going.

Head to the track for shorter interval runs while learning to pace yourself. Learn to conserve your energy during the first part of the race and then to let go in the second half so you can make it to the finish line of you 5K race.

15th Annual Nature Center 5K Run and Walk

Join us for the 15th Annual Nature Center 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Walker Nature Center in Reston, VA. This rolling and beautiful 5K course is run on paved paths and woodchipped trails through forested parkland and neighborhoods. Walkers and children are welcome. Pets and strollers are not permitted.

Post-race festivities include an awards ceremony with medals and prizes for overall finishers, plus men's and women's 10-year age categories, three deep. Refreshments are served after the race, and there are random drawings by bib number for a multitude of prizes. All children under 13 will receive a participation prize.

Pre-registered participants will receive a race t-shirt. Walk-ins will receive t-shirts as supplies last.

The Walker Nature Center is the home of environmental education in Reston. Funds raised will support facility enhancements, educational exhibits and programs. The mission of the Nature Center is to foster environmental stewardship in the community.

Volunteers are needed. Contact habrock@reston.org or call 703-435-7986 to volunteer. To become a sponsor, or donate a prize, contact Katie Shaw at kshaw@reston.org or call 703-435-6510.

Hosted by Friends of Reston, a 510c3 supporting organization. Donations above race entry fees are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.

Event details and schedule

Online registration ends on Tuesday, April 10. Packet pick-up will be held Friday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm at the Walker Nature Center's Nature House, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston VA (the race site). Walk-in registration and packet pick-up are also available on race day beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Race start time is 8:00 a.m. Please park on Glade Drive.

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