MOULTRIE -- Imie Mark, who has been the overall winner at the Race of the South the last two years, is not expected to compete in this year's race, which will be held Saturday.

And that, says race coordinator Robin McCord, "opens it up for someone else to show their stuff."

This year's 10-kilometer race will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Moultrie YMCA, which revived the Race of the South in 2003.

The course will be virtually the same one run for each of the previous 19 races.

A 5-kilometer fitness run/walk also will begin at 7:30 a.m. and a 1-mile fun run will start at 9 a.m.

Mark, who lived in Hahira, has moved, said McCord, and indications are he would not be able to defend his titles.

In 2003, he ran a 39.42. Last year, he defended his title with a 40.31.

Steve Johnson has been the top Colquitt County runner each year. The top female finisher last year was Colquitt County's Amy Sharon.

Those interested in entering any of the three Race of the South events can do so at the YMCA Saturday morning.

The entry fee for the 10-kilometer race and for those 14-and-older in the other two events is $18. For those 13-and-under, the fee is $12.

McCord said she is eager to see more students get involved. A trophy is presented to the school with the most entries.

Sunset and Stringfellow currently are in the lead, she said.

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