COVID Concerns

You can help prevent the spread of infectious illness
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases including:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

Is there a risk to my health?
There is always risk when participating in an event or being in public. RST takes extra precaution concerning COVID-19. We encourage people with compromised immune systems, current illness, parents with infants/toddlers, and the very elderly with health issues to consider staying home if they registered for an event, as these populations appear to be more susceptible to the dangers of the virus.

If you are feeling ill or have flu-like symptoms, please do not show up.  We are working with leaders in our industry, local public health officials, and local municipalities to access the risks associated with each specific event. We are paying attention to and following guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Virginia Department of Health for assessing and mitigating risks associated with outdoor endurance events.

What is the event doing to address health concerns?
We are implementing COVID friendly measures that include (but are not limited to) additional handwashing stations, larger starting areas to promote social distancing, and hand sanitizer deployed around the venue. Volunteer groups, medical teams and operations staff will be utilizing appropriate PPE for their roles. Participants will be encouraged to move through the finish area(s) and into larger outdoor spaces as soon as completing the race.

Can I get a refund?
We do not offer refunds if you are unable to participate in the event. We have always implemented this no refund policy. If you are unable to travel, become ill, have a family illness or emergency, or decide not to participate, there are NO REFUNDS.

Reston Sprint Triathlon is a charity event. With our planning and production of this event, we incur significant costs for rent, storage, utilities, insurance, staff, marketing, medals, shirts, bibs, etc. months in advance of the event. Some of these costs are fixed and are incurred no matter what happens.

What happens if the race doesn’t take place?
We do not offer refunds if the event is canceled on race day or race weekend due to weather, Acts of God, or other public emergency situations. We have always implemented this no refund policy. This policy is consistent with most races across the country. Our goal is always to hold the event rain or shine, hot or cold, as long as the safety of our athletes, staff, volunteers, vendors and municipalities are not jeopardized.

If the event is canceled by government agencies in advance due to COVID-19 or other similar public health concerns, you will be able to choose to participate in the corresponding Virtual RST and you will be issued a discount coupon for our 2023 race. Discount coupons must be used the following year and cannot be transferred to other athletes.