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American Martyrs 5K RunWalk in Manhattan Beach treads on 34th year [PHOTOS]

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On Saturday morning, more than 850 participants of all ages breezed through the Manhattan Beach tree section for the 34th annual American Martyrs 5K RunWalk.  Funds raised benefit the endowment of American Martyrs School, a private K-8 catholic institution in Manhattan Beach. Race results are available here. Photos by Elka Worner

Ella Brown, Madison Heimer, Abby Brown, AMS Mary Fender, Micah Worner and Emily Maloney gather before the start of the 5K.

Ella Brown, Madison Heimer, Abby Brown, AMS Mary Fender, Micah Worner and Emily Maloney gather before the start of the 5K.

AMS mom Sharon Suarez gets a head start on the race as other runners look on in disbelief.

AMS mom Sharon Suarez gets a head start on the race as other runners look on in disbelief.

AMS racers start strong during Saturday's 5K race

AMS racers start strong during Saturday’s 5K race

Kailani Melvin, an AMS second-grader, and her dad David finished the race and won the best costume contest as sign flippers.

Kailani Melvin, an AMS second-grader, and her dad David finished the race and won the best costume contest as sign flippers.

17-year-old Alex Fiori is the first place winner in the AMS 5K.

17-year-old Alex Fiori is the first place winner in the AMS 5K.

Kate Myers of Manhattan Beach is the first woman to finish the 5K. Matthew Arruda, 15, runs alongside her and came in 8th place overall.

Kate Myers of Manhattan Beach is the first woman to finish the 5K. Matthew Arruda, 15, runs alongside her and came in 8th place overall.

AMS seventh-grader Henry Humbarger finished first in his age group 13-14.

AMS seventh-grader Henry Humbarger finished first in his age group 13-14.

AMS first-grader Emily Pfaff doesn't even break a sweat as she nears the finish line.

AMS first-grader Emily Pfaff doesn’t even break a sweat as she nears the finish line.

John Cochran and his daughter Ana, a fifth grader at AMS, finish the race together.

John Cochran and his daughter Ana, a fifth grader at AMS, finish the race together.