Hundreds running to Save the Light on Folly Beach

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) – Many runners showed up to the Save the Light Marathon despite of the rainy weather early Saturday morning on Folly Beach.

According to Doug Oswald, a volunteer coordinator, about 600 runners came out to battle the rain during the half marathon run. Because of the weather less people showed up this year. Last year's half marathon brought out 800 hundred runners.

The Save the Light Marathon benefits the preservation of the Morris Island lighthouse which is about 300 yards off shore from Folly Beach.

The chairman of Save the Light, Al Hitchcock said without sponsors and events like the half marathon, revitalizing the lighthouse would be impossible.

"We're getting ready to start the phase three which is the final stage for improvement at the lighthouse, said Hitchcock; the first two phases went towards stabilizing the foundation."

Phase three the project will focus only on the interior and exterior of the lighthouse.

In 1938 the land surrounding the tower has been lost. In 1962 the Sullivan's Island lighthouse was built to replace the Morris Island Light, which was decommissioned.

The U.S. Coast Guard was going to demolish the tower but local residents petitioned to saved the structure.

The lighthouse is not open for the public to go into the inside, but anyone with a boat is allowed to get up close to the building.

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