In addition to the 4 high school races, there will be 2 open races. At 9:00am, there will be a race for anyone on the same 5K course that the high schoolers are running. At 9:40am, there will be a 2 mile race for middle schoolers. That probably will be about the same course but without the loop on the left bank of the New River.
If they show up, it's likely that David Hegwood (Northwestern?) and Holly Quick (Watauga) will finish 1-2 again, as they did in 2011. However, Holden Perry and M.L. Sprague (both Tailwinds) finished 3rd and 5th last year and will be contenders to win, if they're allowed to compete. J. Ingersoll (Tailwinds) is a threat as well.
The Middle School race is harder to predict. 2011 results. Lincoln Charter will probably bring their athletes again, but many probably will race in the high school races. Galax appears not to be coming. Several local favorites have moved up. The winner will probably be a Perry.