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Hopeful Horizons’ 7th Annual Race4Love Raises More Than $11,000

Hopeful Horizons announced today that they raised more than $11,000 through the 7th Annual Race4Love benefiting local survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. The 5K run/3K walk was held on Saturday, February 16 on Cat Island.

This year’s Grand Marshal was Jennifer Petersen, from the History Channel’s Truck Night in America. Petersen and her 2000 Jeep Wrangler named “Rock Rage” competed in an extreme off-road course in an episode that aired in late January.

WJCL’s Riley Miller emceed the event. Miller joined the WJCL news team in February 2018. Prior to that, she worked at WDAY in Fargo, ND, and graduated from the University of Kentucky.

“We are so grateful to everyone who came out to run, walk and support Hopeful Horizons and our work to end abuse and change lives in the Lowcountry,” said Kristin Dubrowski, CEO of Hopeful Horizons. “Support of Race4Love helps to ensure that Hopeful Horizons’ lifesaving services are available free of charge for survivors in our area.”

This year’s winners included:

  • First & Second Place Male Runners: Ray Goyochea (Hilton Head) and Michael McPherson (Beaufort)

  • First & Second Place Female Runners: Laura Knapp (Columbia) and Alexandra McPherson (Beaufort)

Top Runners by Age Group:

  • Top Male Runner, ages 10-17: Connor Eby (Ladys Island)

  • Top Female Runner, ages 10-17: C. McAlhany, Beaufort

  • Top Male Runner, ages 18-29: Luis Rojas

  • Top Female Runner, ages 18-29: Amber Spencer (Port Royal)

  • Top Male Runner, ages 30-39: Juan Rodriques (Beaufort)

  • Top Female Runner, ages 30-39: Kara Stevens (Chapin)

  • Top Male Runner, ages 40-49: Dustin Henderson (Beaufort)

  • Top Female Runner, ages 40-49: Jennifer Snider (Ladys Island)

  • Top Male Runner, ages 50-59: James Miller (Sumter)

  • Top Female Runner, ages 50-59: Michelle Thompson

  • Top Male Runner, ages 60-69: Fred Kuhn (Beaufort)

  • Top Female Runner, ages 60-69: Phyllis Hughes (West Columbia)

  • Top Male Runner, ages 70+: Glenn Ragsdale (Okatie)

  • Top Female Runner, ages 70+: Mary Elaine Dowden (Hilton Head Island)

A full results list can be found online.

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 and can be seen on the race course each year at the “Tate Turnaround.”

Gold Sponsors of the 2019 Race4Love were Eugene A. Rugala & Associates, First Federal Bank, Palmetto Electric Cooperative and Palmera Vacation Club.

Silver Sponsors were Beaufort Sea Island Chums, Hilton Head Honda & Mercedes Benz, Tate Enterprise and Universalist Unitarian Fellowship of Beaufort.

Southern Graces Catering provided a grits bar for the runners and walkers. Grounded Running provided event management and professional timing.

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

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