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Runners take strides in Run for Peace

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Finish line at the Run for Peace. Finish line at the Run for Peace.
Runners participate in awards ceremony. Runners participate in awards ceremony.
RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) -

An estimated 250 runners on Monday morning participated in the third annual Capt. Matthew Freeman 5k Run/Walk for Peace.

They laced up their shoes and stretched before the race. There were inflatables for children, food, music, and of course, the 5K run and walk. Hundreds gathered to take part in the Veterans Day celebration, but for one mother, it is very special time.

"I know that Matthew is really proud of what is going on. This is so very Matthew. He was always a leader in the community and in the school," said Lisa Freeman, Capt. Matthew Freeman's mother.

Proceeds from the event go to the Freeman Project: Pens and Paper for Peace, in honor of Richmond Hill's hometown hero, Capt. Matthew Freemen, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009.

The program sends school supplies overseas. According to Freeman, they have sent more than 17,000 of school supplies over the past three years.

When the horn sounded the racers took off - some sprinting and some walking.

After about 18 minutes, the first runner crossed the finish line and WTOC asked him why he ran in this race.

"I think it is important to support our armed services, and when you have a chance to come out and support a great cause and not just raising money - it's great to be involved. It gets you out of bed in the morning," said James Sinclair, the winner of the 5K.

For Freeman, the race has changed as the years go on.

"It used to be for me - that Matthew was not forgotten - but now it's evolved to so much more than that. It is a chance to remember all those that have served and our serving to keep us free," she said. 

The winners were announced and another ceremony was held for a local fallen soldier who died last year in combat. He had run in the race last year.

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