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Reston Runners Club Members Chart a Steady Course
Organization, with 1,300 members, offers chance to train with a group
by Holly Hobbs | Fairfax County Times
When Dennis Kelleher, 47, joined the Reston Runners club two years ago, he said he wasn’t sure he could run a few miles, let alone marathons.
“I was an avid golfer and I would go to the gym from time to time,” said Kelleher, one of about 1,300 members of the Reston Runners, a running club diverse in age, gender and ability.
Kelleher said he joined the club as an incentive to get in better shape and to learn how to run long distances, and the training paid off: The Lowes Island resident completed last month’s 26.2-mile Marine Corps Marathon in 3 hours, 13 minutes.
“You’re more apt to show up if it’s a group run. There are times when you don’t feel like going ... but when it’s a group, it’s like they’re waiting for you,” he said.
The club has also become a social connection for many of its members.