Save the Light Half Marathon and 5K set for Feb. 3

Race supports Morris Island Lighthouse preservation

[FOLLY BEACH, SC] – The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) is proud to partner with Save the Light, Inc. to host their annual half marathon and 5K, set for Feb. 3, 2018.

Both USATF-certified races start at 8:30 a.m. and will begin and finish near the Folly Beach Pier. The half marathon is a run-only event; the 5K is open to runners and walkers.

The half marathon and 5K support the preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse by Save the Light, a grassroots non-profit organization formed in 2000 to save the lighthouse from being lost to the sea.

“This is a perfect race for all levels of runners,” said Save the Light Board of Directors Member Bright Ariail. “The course is mostly flat, running parallel to the beach past uniquely Folly Beach homes and down to the lighthouse. It begins and ends at the scenic pier and there are plenty of places to eat, drink and relax after the race.”

“Save the Light, Inc. is thrilled to partner with CCPRC for this event and looks forward to another successful race.”

Registration is now at or by calling 843-795-4386. Current rates are $45 for the half marathon and $25 for the 5K. Rates will increase on Jan. 2. CCPRC Move It Pass members receive a discounted rate. Participants who register prior to Jan. 5 are guaranteed to receive a free t-shirt and a of the Morris Island Lighthouse commemorative poster. As a premier sponsor for the race, the Tides Hotel is offering discounted reservation rates for participants.

An awards ceremony will be held post-race at the hotel. Awards will be distributed to overall and age group winners for both the half and the 5k. In addition, finisher medals will be provided to half marathoners.

The Save the Light organization purchased the Morris Island Lighthouse from its previous owner in 1999, and then transferred ownership to the state of South Carolina through a lease agreement. Save the Light retains responsibility for planning, engineering, fundraising and execution of all aspects of the preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse.

To register for the Save the Light Half Marathon and 5K, visit or call 843-795-4386. For more information on the Save the Light organization and the Morris Island Lighthouse, visit

Owned and operated by CCPRC, the Folly Beach Pier is located at 101 East Arctic Avenue on Folly Beach. The mission of CCPRC is to improve the quality of life in Charleston County by offering a diverse system of park facilities, programs and services. The large park system features over 11,000 acres of property and includes four land parks, three beach parks, a skate park, four seasonally-lifeguarded beach areas, three dog parks, two landmark fishing piers, three waterparks, a historic plantation site, 19 boat landings, a climbing wall, a challenge course, an interpretive center, an equestrian center, cottages, a campground, a marina, as well as wedding, meeting and event facilities. The park system also offers a wide variety of recreational services – festivals, camps, classes, programs, and more. For more information on CCPRC, call 843-795-4386 or visit