Rain which lasted throughout Saturday, June 27 cancelled several outdoor events in the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games. Yet a sunnier Sunday permitted competitions continue in Fairfax County. In Reston, Honor Guards marched at the Reston Town Center pavilion, police dogs did an obstacle course at Lake Fairfax Park, and more than 100 open water swimmers swam two miles in Lake Audubon. Fairfax County Police Officer Sean Martin won the 35+ age group in the Open Water Swim (44:01). At Reston SkateQuest on 1800 Michael Faraday Ct., novice division teams participated in the Ice Hockey competition. The Novice Championship was held on Friday, July 3.
“I am excited to watch all the games, it is a lot of fun,” said Mark Kordalski. Kordalski and Steve McFarland, firefighters with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue are both assisting the World Police & Fire Games Ice Hockey games held at Reston SkateQuest. Ice Hockey games are also being held at Ashburn Ice House, and Prince William Ice Center at Dale City. “It has been interesting to see all the different sports representatives,” said Caitlin Warren, a front desk receptionist at SkateQuest and student at NOVA Community College. Lake Fairfax Park in Reston will host the Cross Country and Rugby games scheduled for Tuesday, June 30. For more info on the 2015 Games, visit fairfax2015.com.
The Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games ends July 5. The World Police & Fire Games concludes with a half marathon. The race begins at 7 a.m. at Reston Town Center. Runners used Reston Association paths as well as Reston streets.
Reston Town Center has another athletic event it will host on July 4, the annual Firecracker 5K. The Firecracker 5K is an all-encompassing July 4 celebration with live music, food and drinks, and prizes for the fastest runners.
The sixth annual Firecracker 5K on Saturday, July 4 will be sponsored by Reston-based Leidos and benefit the USO of Metropolitan Washington. In this “Battle of the Branches” competition, whichever military branch has the most registered runners will have donation to the USO made on its behalf.
The race is July 4, 8 a.m. at Reston Town Center. Registration is $35 and is open online through July 2. Price jumps of $40 July 2-4. Discounts for Under 14 or Active Military.
The course goes on streets through Reston Town Center, as well as on Cameron Glen Drive, Sunset Hills Road, Reston Parkway and Town Center Parkway. Roads will not be blocked to traffic, but lanes could be blocked. The course is relatively flat. For more info on the Firecracker 5K, see www.prraces.com/firecracker.