If the rain holds off this afternoon, there will be more traffic on the roads around Cullman High School as the Bearcats will be hosting a cross country meet as the season winds down and the section meet approaches.

A total of 10 schools will have runners making the rounds on the surrounding streets while competing for the meet’s championship.

“We’ve got schools from here in the county and some from pretty far away coming to run with us, and it should be a good meet,” Cullman head coach Billy Barnett said. “It will be pretty neat because, there will be a lot of teams here we don’t usually run against, so it will be new competition for us.”

Bryant, Elmore County, Fort Payne, Walker, Priceville, St. Bernard, Fairview and West Point will be among the schools represented in the competition.

The race will start at the northeast corner of Cullman’s campus, and the runners will go south to start with a circle around the campus block.

When they return to the northeast corner, they will then turn left and run around Scenic Loop.

“That part of the race should be a challenge because there is a pretty big hill on that road,” Barnett said.

The runners will then come back up and turn down the road to the primary school and will run past it to the Rotary Trail.

After making a loop around the band’s practice field, the runners will come out on the other side of the tennis courts, cross the road and run between the baseball and football fields.

They will then enter the football stadium on the northern end and run about 300 yards around it on the track ending in front of the home stands after running in front of the visitors’ stands.

Barnett said he is looking for some low times after the way his team has been running the past few weeks.

“We have had some good runs this season, and we have had many of our runners post personal records at a lot of the meets,” Barnett said.

As far as the weather goes and the threat of rain, Barnett said he hopes it will hold off or will be light enough for running.

“The good part about our course is that 90 percent of it is on asphalt, so they should be able to run all right if it doesn’t rain too hard,” Barnett said. “If it does rain too hard, we’ll talk about it with the other coaches and see if we can reschedule it for Friday.”

The first race is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., and it may include both junior varsity boys and girls if Barnett feels a need to get them both running because of the weather.

Barnett said no streets will be closed for the race, but there will be plenty of Cullman police officers throughout the course making sure the runners are safe.

“A couple of roads may be delayed a few minutes if there are a lot of runners coming through together, but there will be none actually closed for the afternoon,” Barnett said.

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