The Reston Raiders Bantam Major ice hockey team (1998 birth year) captured the AA Virginia State Championship on March 3. The Raiders defeated the No. 1-seeded Ashburn Xtreme in a best two out of three series to qualify for the USA Hockey National Tournament for the first time in 10 years.
The Raiders, which fell to Ashburn in their regular season meeting, escaped Game 1 in a shootout and ran away with a commanding 6-2 win in the return leg in Reston.
The national tournament is slated for April 3-7 in Charlotte, N.C.
Breakfast with Boxers (BWB), an organization dedicated to fighting homelessness, will be hosting its inaugural Hope for the Homeless 5K run this Sunday at Burke Lake Park. The event, which begins at 8 a.m., will donate all proceeds to providing food and boxing demonstrations to the Washington, D.C.-area homeless.
BWB was formed by three-time world champion boxer William Joppy with the intention of fighting homelessness by encouraging the community to help those who have fallen on hard times and ended up homeless. The organization strives to restore hope to those in need by providing warm meals, encouragement, jobs, housing and other resources. The average stay at a shelter is only 60 days before moving out.
Joppy remains dedicated to the mission he set forth, traveling to Washington metropolitan shelters to provide meals, demonstrate boxing skills and share his life story, which he hopes encourages listeners to get back up and fight.
Reston Runners, a local running club, will host the inaugural Runners Marathon of Reston (RMR) on March 24, joining cities like New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago, which will also be hosting marathons that day.
The event will consist of two foot races — a full marathon of 26.2 miles and a half-marathon of 13.1 miles.
Runners will start at South Lakes High School, beginning with a lap around Ridge Heights and Sunrise Valley, after which runners will go down the hill at Twin Branches and onto the path system. Spectators will see runners on Lawyers Road, Colts Neck Road and Steeplecase Drive. At the 13.1 mile mark, those running the half marathon will finish on the South Lakes High School Track. Those who are running the full marathon will repeat the course.
Winners in various age categories will receive awards and all finishers will receive a medal, recognizing their achievement. Runners doing the full 26.2 mile marathon will start at 7:30 a.m.; those running the 13.1 mile half-marathon will start 30 minutes later, at 8 a.m. The field will include runners from around the region as well 18 states and Washington, D.C., including runners from as far as California.
The RMR is organized by Reston Runners, a Reston institution of more than 30 years. Reston Runners now has more than 1,000 members, including several founding members. The club has weekly runs that accommodate runners and walkers of all paces. Reston residents have likely seen crowds of runners out on Saturday and Sunday mornings, in all kinds of weather. Many club members will be participating in the RMR.
The Fairfax Stars AAU girls basketball program is seeking players for 13U, 12U and 11U. All positions are needed.
The foundation of the program is a commitment to teaching fundamental basketball skill development and knowledge of the game. With a talented, experienced and dedicated roster of volunteer coaches, the Fairfax Stars will enhance your basketball experience and love for the game in an environment of positive reinforcement and fun.
Contact Coach Wright for tryout dates and locations. Phone 703-801-1465. Email Lavoy12@yahoo.com.