The Eighth Annual Firefighters' 5K begins. Photo by Jesse Walker

The Eighth Annual Firefighters’ 5K begins. Photo by Jesse Walker

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer

The Madison Fire Department held the Eighth Annual Firefighters’ Fall 5K and 10.2K races last Saturday, Oct. 12 in downtown Madison.

The Main Street Madison website described the race as “an annual fall run through one of Georgia’s premier historic districts, benefiting Madison’s volunteer fire department.”

A total of 174 runners registered for the races. Fees for the races were $20 up until Oct. 2, and then $25 until the day of the race.

Madison Fire Chief Tim Carter stated that the number of runners that participated in the races was comparable to last year’s attendance, but that the Fire Department does not yet know how much they were able to raise at the event.

For the second year, the proceeds from the races will go toward the Bill Cochran vocational scholarship fund.

Andy Ozburn, 40, of Mansfield, GA placed first in the 5K with a time of 18:29, and Zach Massey, 29, from Buckhead came in second at 19:29.

Elizabeth Branch, 43, of Madison, was the top female finisher in the 5K. Branch finished with a time of 22:31.

The top finisher in the 10.2K was Brent Fields, 41, from Covington. Fields completed the race in 37 minutes flat.

Terrell Peacock, 32, Gray, GA, finished the race in second place at 43:17, and Tanya Booth, 44, of Covington was the first female to complete the race with a time of 52:28.

Click here for more photos of the race.