Race organiser Thomas Henderson said they would be racing as normal.
“Cross-country is all about racing out in the conditions and enjoying a run through different terrain, so at this stage we will be all go later today, for a 5pm start at Takitumu Primary.”
The series is due to start with a new relay-based format which will continue for the rest of the series, giving competitors a chance to compete on each of the courses in a team, prior to competing as individuals the week following.
Relay teams will be made up of four runners. If you are 16-years-old or younger, you will only need to complete a one-kilometre lap, while everyone else must run two kilometres.
Henderson said the changes were all about adding an extra challenge to the series and creating a longer season for runners.
“We wanted to up the stakes a bit this year, but also add another fun element to the series,” he said.
“It also means you get a chance to see and run the course, which was the big thing for us.”
Registration starts at 4.15pm, with a $2 entry fee for adults and juniors, and a $1 entry fee for those 16-years-old and under.
Race briefing will follow at 4.45pm.