Running in Saturday's Hilton Head Marathon? Please thank these public-safety employees
By SOLICITOR DUFFIE STONE
As an avid runner, I am fortuante to partake in a number of running events on and around Hilton Head Island each year. At many of these races, law-enforcement officers stand watch at intersections, keeping traffic at bay, while the runners pass. These officers have to stand in all types of weather – cold, heat and sometimes rain – to keep us safe. At the Hilton Head Island Marathon, Half & 8K on Feb. 10, island traffic will be managed by members of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
If you are running in this race, join me in showing your appreciation for the work that these officers do by saying “thanks” as you run past – not just for keeping us safe on race day, but every day. Understand that these officers, and many more like them from other agencies in our area, risk their lives daily. Thank them for that sacrifice.
And to those officers who will be posted at the end of Saturday’s race course, please don’t take offense if I don’t thank you. It will be because I’m out of oxygen, not gratitude.