Hopeful Horizons raised more than $16,000 with the ninth annual Race4Love, presented by Stokes Toyota of Beaufort, was held Saturday, February 20 at Cat Island. A new event, the Candlelight Walk4Love, was held Friday February 19 at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Beaufort. Participants walked from the church to the bridge with candles to honor abuse survivors.
New course records were set by the top overall runner, John Duberley, at 16:33 minutes, and by the top female runner, Christina Boughton, at 20:46 minutes. The new course record beats the previous record by almost two minutes.
“We are grateful for the sponsors and volunteers who have come together once again to support the Race4Love – and the addition of the Walk4Love,” said Kristin Dubrowski, CEO of Hopeful Horizons. “Survivors of abuse need the support of the entire community, especially in 2021, and this is one way you can show your support and help to raise awareness.”
The Race4Love has its origins in the Tate/Coursen Memorial Walk/Run that was organized by Marie Tate in 2012. The event honored Lance Cpl. Dana Tate and Cpl. Dyke “A.J.” Coursen, two Beaufort County Sheriff’s deputies who were killed when responding to a domestic violence call in 2002. Marie Tate, Lance Cpl. Dana Tate’s widow, is still actively involved in Race4Love.
Hopeful Horizons is a children's advocacy, domestic violence and rape crisis center that works to create safer communities by changing the culture of violence and offering a path to healing. The organization provides safety, hope and healing to survivors through evidence-based practices, outreach, prevention and education. Hopeful Horizons serves Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper and Allendale counties.