Mark your calendar for Hopeful Horizons’ Tenth Annual Race4Love – Saturday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. at Cat Island!
Race4Love, presented by Stokes Toyota of Beaufort, is a family-friendly 5K run/3K walk that traverses the picturesque streets of three Cat Island neighborhoods. Pre-registration is encouraged at race4love.com and virtual options are available.
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.
Lance Cpl. Dana Tate's widow, Marie Tate, organized the event to honor her husband and his partner, and to raise funds for Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA), a nonprofit organization providing shelter, legal services, counseling, advocacy and outreach to survivors of domestic violence in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.
Marie recently did a powerful interview with WSAV on the anniversary of her husband's death.
In 2013, the event moved to the weekend closest to Valentine’s Day and adopted the “Race4Love” name. CODA and Hope Haven, a children’s advocacy and rape crisis center, merged in 2017 and since then the Race4Love has continued under the new organization’s name: Hopeful Horizons. The Race continues to benefit Hopeful Horizons’ efforts to end abuse and change lives.
Since its inception, the Race4Love has raised more than $73,000 for CODA/Hopeful Horizons and every dollar raised has supported the goal of helping survivors so that tragedies like the murders of deputies Tate and Coursen could be prevented. Marie Tate is still actively involved in the event -- race participants pass a tribute to Lance Cpl. Dana Tate at the “Tate Turnaround,” sponsored by Marie Tate, just before the home stretch on Islands Causeway.
Race4Love benefits survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault in Beaufort County and the surrounding counties. Funds raised help Hopeful Horizons in its mission to end abuse and change lives.
“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, and this is one way you can show your support and help to raise awareness.”
Prizes will be given to the top two male and female overall and medals will go to the top three in each age division. All children ages nine and under will receive medals. Prizes will also be awarded for the first stroller and the fastest dog (first dog to cross the finish line).
Hopeful Horizons is committed to creating a safe environment for participants, so we encourage masks and physical distancing when participants are not walking or running the race.
For more information on the 10th annual Race4Love and to register, visit www.race4love.com.
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. For more information, visit www.hopefulhorizons.org.