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Freeman 5K draws 200-plus runners
James Sinclair of Tybee Island won the overall race Monday at the Capt. Matthew Freeman 5K Run for Peace at J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill. See more photos in Nov. 14 issue of Bryan County News. - photo by Julia Harison

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.

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