Nobody knows who will cross the finish line first at the 34th annual Arbutus Firecracker 10K, which kicks off a day of Fourth of July holiday festivities at 8 a.m., but the runners know they will be well-hydrated and wet at the end of the race.
Arbutus families living along the 6.2-mile course will provide cooling spray with hoses and sprinkles and area churches will provide water stations.
The winner is anybody's guess, but if 2015 champion Dave Berdan runs, there is no doubt he will be among the favorites.
Berdan, 35, won the event for the fourth time last year in a time of 32.56.4
He also won in 2007, 2008, 2009 and was second in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
He didn't run in 2013 or 2014, but made his comeback a special one.
The Stevenson University outdoor track head coach and cross country assistant got no help from the rain last year on a humid morning because it came late in his race, but he did take advantage of the sprinklers.
"I used them every time I could," he said.
The Owings Mills resident, who also won the Baltimore Marathon at the Baltimore Running Festival in October, admitted last year he loves the atmosphere at the Arbutus race.
"I just like the course and I like the atmosphere," he said. "It's great with people sitting out in their chairs, and it's a great community event with people handing out water in front of their house."