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by by Steve Beavers
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33rd Annual Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10K Race Co-coordinator Amy Smith displays the T-shirt design for the May event.
Staff photo by Steve Beavers 33rd Annual Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10K Race Co-coordinator Amy Smith displays the T-shirt design for the May event.
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Runners finally have some encouraging weather to hit the pavement.

With temps rising to the 70s many running enthusiasts are getting ready for the 33rd Annual Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10K.

The annual run through downtown Corinth hits the streets at 8:30 a.m. on May 3.

"We are a little behind because of the weather," said race co-coordinator Amy Smith of registration. "It should get better this week with the forecast calling for plenty of sunshine."

As of Tuesday morning, 383 have signed up for the annual race.

Last year's edition was a historic one for organizers. For the first time in the history of the race, a cap was placed on the family-friendly event. Registration was closed almost two days prior to the race after it reached the 1,500 mark.

The 32nd race numbers surpassed the 1,460 registered amount set in 2012.

"The first mile was shoulder to shoulder," said Smith of last year's start.

In 2013, 1,200 runners completed the 6.2 mile course following some nasty weather the day before.

Runners/walkers will once again have the choice of mesh tech shirt or smooth tech shirt when they sign-up for the race. The choice is being offered to those who sign up early and while sizes remain. Orders then will be filled which whatever is left.

The shirt is white with red stripes under both arms.

"The red really makes it stand out," added Smith.

For a second consecutive year, those who have have made a significant contribution to physical fitness will be honored as Coke 10K Gold Standard Bearers.

Nominations for the honor were accepted until March 31. Winners will be recognized with a special race day shirt and $100 contribution in each winner's name to Kids Get Fit. Those who will be honored must have participated in the 10K within the last five years.

Gold Standard Bearers – signified by a bright yellow shirt – will be recognized during the awards ceremony following the race. In 2013, Kossuth's Jody Ballard, Memphis's Gerald Holbrook and Jackson's Rod Simmons were part of the first class of Gold Bearer Standard winners.

Cost to enter the 10K is $20 through April 14 and $25 until May 2. Registration closes at 7 p.m. May 2. Registration is available by going to coke10k@corinth.ms

Co-sponsored by Magnolia Regional Health Center, the Classic 10K is called "one of the 100 great short races" by Running Times. More than $6,000 in cash prizes will be awarded on race day. Prizes money will be awarded to the top three places in eight different divisions and in age groups 25 and over.
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