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McCormick race back for 14th year

Former Collins Hill cross country coaches Matt Johnson and David Ellwanger started a local race nearly 15 years ago as a fundraiser for their program.

It had mild success it first few years, but now has grown into a yearly tradition and has garnered a sponsor.

The Dennis McCormick Road Race, which benefits the Eagles' cross country program, will race for the 14th time on Saturday.

"People like road races and it's kind of a fun event," Collins Hill coach Andrew Hudson said. "It generates a good amount of money for our program."

Since the race started, it has spawned other local races like the North Gwinnett Bulldog Dash, which will run for the 12th time Aug. 14, and the second annual Measuring Stick 5K hosted by Archer High School.

"We're happy to be the first," Hudson said.

Last year's race had more than 600 runners registered and is expected to exceed that number this year. The race, which has drawn New Balance as a sponsor, will have its typical course. The race will start at Collins Hill, go through nearby Richland neighborhood, behind the school parking lot and finishes at the stadium.

The race was won by Peachtree Ridge grad Robert Fensterer and is expected to draw some of the county's top young runners again.