A field of around 200 runners, featuring a number of local high school cross country athletes, is expected for the 7:30 a.m. race, which will be run on the 5K (3.1-mile) course that’s played host to the Cobb County high school cross country meets in recent years.
Registration, which is $20, can be in person at the Big Peach Running Company outlets in east Cobb and Kennesaw until tonight at 8 p.m. There is no race-day registration.
Proceeds from the race will support RunCobb. The nonprofit organization supports running in Cobb County through trail development and maintenance at local parks and schools and through the recognition of youth, high school and community runners with awards for their achievements.
Race organizer Jason Scott, also a co-coach for the Harrison cross country team, said the race has become a favorite on the Cobb County racing calendar.
“We’ve gotten good feedback about the race from the community,” Scott said. “We get a lot of people who return every year. It gives people a chance to get off the streets and run a race in a cross country setting.”
The most popular feature of the event is the team competition, which features teams of five runners each and is scored like a high school cross country meet.
Awards will be presented to the top individual male and female runners, the top male and female teams and the top finishers from various age groups.
The first Summer Solstice race was first held in 2009, with around 200 runners participated in each race since.
In last year’s race, a couple of former Kennesaw State standouts won the men’s and women’s titles. Nathan Haskins was the men’s winner for the third year in a row with a time of 15 minutes, 56.41 seconds, while Mackenzie Howe won the women’s title in 18:07.39.