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About RATS

The Reston Area Triathletes, or RATS, started during triathlon's first boom in the early 1980s. In fact, if you look at Dave Scott's 1986 "Triathlon Training" book, RATS is one of the few clubs listed in the index (and Jim Desrosier, the original contact, is still an active member). The club was re-started in February of 2001 with some of the original members working with some newer triathletes in the area. The informal club grew out of the long-standing weekly bike ride that follows the Reston Masters Saturday swim workout. While most members live or work in the Reston area (including Sterling, Vienna, Oakton, Cascades, and Ashburn), there are members from Arlington, Chantilly, and even Maryland.

RATS hosts several events throughout the year that are free for members, and $5 for non-members. These are semi-organized training days with door-prizes raffled off to all who attend, including volunteers. Past prizes have included $75 gift certificate to Tri-nergy, Spinerval videos, Endurox, Accelerade, free massages, and more. Membership is $30 a year, and members receive a 10% discount at Tri-nergy, as well as discounts to other nutrition and clothing vendors. First-time members get a free t-shirt and a free Spinerval video or DVD.

RATS became an official USAT club in October of 2002 and now has more than 100 members. Almost 1,000 people subscribe to our publicly available email list. To subscribe simply send an email to trirats-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. For more information contact info@trirats.net