Despite a few raindrops, avid racers took to the wet pavement Saturday morning in Fayetteville.
The 25th annual Chili Pepper Cross Country Festival attracted competitors of all ages including high schools and colleges from around the state.
Courses included a 5K or an 8K, and even though it was wet and a little cold, organizers say a good crowd came out for the fun.
"Cross country is kind of best in mud, and a lot of these teams, the teams really don't care, there's some individuals early this morning that may have slept in," says Jay Lewis, race director.
As of Saturday morning, more than 5,000 were registered.