LYNCHBURG, Va. -

It's race weekend in Lynchburg.  Thousands of runners are in town for the Virginia 10 Miler.

More than 4,500 people have registered to either run or walk in Saturday's race.  They've come here from across Virginia and 26 states around the country.

This is the 40th year for the 10 Miler.  Race organizers say it's become a Lynchburg tradition that's embraced by people all over the city, not just those in the running community.

"There is really something for everyone these next couple of days," said race director, Jeff Fedorko.  "We really want everyone in the community to be part of this.  If you're not running, if you live along the course, or if you're here in Lynchburg, the place to be September 28 is watching the Virginia 10 Miler."

The 10 Miler starts Saturday morning at 8.  Runners will race along Langhorne Road, Rivermont Terrace, and Rivermont Avenue.

The first big event of the weekend is the Amazing Mile children's run on Jefferson Street.  Kids 13 and under will compete in 1 mile, 1/2 mile, and 1/4 mile races starting at 6:15 p.m. Friday.

There's also a family festival happening at Amazement Square on Ninth Street from 4:30 until 7:30 Friday night.  It's free and open to the public.