Great Race II set to start

ALBANY, Ga. -- It may be getting a little too warm for most folks to be doing a lot of running in the area, but the temperature's just right for a race ... a Great Race, that is.

Ole Times Country Buffet and The Albany Herald will kick off the Great Race II treasure hunt Monday. Up for grabs again for a lucky winner will be $1,000 in cash, a free meal a week for a year at Ole Times and a year's subscription to The Herald.

"The response to the first Great Race was phenomenal," Herald Circulation Director Michael Hill said of the treasure hunt. "We're expecting the same kind of response this time. There were a lot of people disappointed that the first Great Race ended so quickly, but we're making things a little tougher this time."

Lee County's Stephanie Burrows, then a bail bondsmen at Anytime Bail Bonding in Albany and an accounting student at Albany Technical College, found the little blue box that contained the Great Race I prizes on Feb. 15, the day that the contest's first clue appeared in The Herald's Classified section.

Clues for the Great Race II will start appearing Monday in the Herald Classifieds, and subsequent clues will follow in each Saturday and Monday paper until the treasure is found.

The treasure box is again hidden in a public place in the area. It is not buried, so contestants will not need to dig to find it. Subsequent clues for the search will become increasingly more direct, provided no sharp searcher finds it as quickly as Burrows did.

Once the blue box, which contains identifying items placed inside by Hill, is discovered, the lucky sleuth who wrangles it will get a prize package worth some $1,700, including the $1,000 in cold, hard cash.