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Runners celebrate George's birthday in style

On George Washington's 282nd birthday, more than 700 runners gave a nod to George and history by participating in the Seacrest Partners Race For Preservation in Savannah. They started the 5K and 10K races next to beautiful Forsyth Park, which was bursting with the colors of the upcoming spring season.

Bursting from the pack in the 5K was Jimmy Markins, 40, who finished in 18:11. Cody Knowles, 29, was second in 18:34, edging third-place Brandon Vasher, 53, by 1 second.

Andy Tedesco, 57, finished first among the masters and fourth overall in a time of 18:56. Melanie Williams, 41, placed first among the female masters in 22:20.

Leanne Irvine, 34, prevailed among the women in 21:08. Libby Le Tourneau, 41, was second in 21:09, and Sarah Batt, 49, took third in 21:20.

In the 10K race, Jeffrey Ford, 25, topped the field of 339 runners with a time of 34:47. Drew Rabun, 33, placed second in 35:08, and Drew Wade, 38, was third in 35:30.

David Lewis, 49, placed first among the masters and 10th overall in 38:09. Mo Dixon, 40, ran a 44:35 to win the women's masters division.

Michelle Harburg, 31, led the women in a time of 40:54. Lindsay Martin, 28, finished second in 43:48, and Kathryn McKinley, 25, took third in 43:50.