More than 200 racers participated in the third annual Capt. Matthew Freeman 5K Run for Peace on Monday in Richmond Hill.
Tybee Island’s James Sinclair won the event, turning in a time of 17:44. He narrowly beat the women’s winner, Michelle Lafluer of Savannah.
But the day was less about winning than it was about honoring heroes while supporting a cause. The race is named after Richmond Hill High School and United States Naval Academy graduate Capt. Matthew Freeman, who was killed in Afghanistan in August 2009. It is a fundraiser for the Matthew Freeman Project: Pens and Papers for Peace and for a scholarship fund in Freeman’s name.
"The race is the brainchild of Matthew’s brother-in-law Mike Macias," said Bonnie Proctor, a friend of the Freeman family and one of the race organizers. "He always wanted to have a 5K in Matthew’s memory. We just took it and ran with it."
Full story in Nov. 14 issue of the Bryan County News.