The annual Whiskey Road Race returned Saturday with a good turnout, although there were less participants than last year.


Last year, the 10K had 151 participants, and this year there were 121. Along with the 10K, there was also the 2-mile run that had 27 participants and the tot trot had three. This turnout wasn't a huge difference, but Cumbee Center Executive Director Kay Mixon thought there would be less.


“It's a very good turnout considering Ironman was last weekend,” Mixon said.


Although primarily area residents run in this race, it also brings in people from other areas.


“We get people from Texas, Massachusetts, Savannah, Columbia and Augusta,” Mixon said.


This race isn't simply about who wins. It helps raise money for the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons. Along with this, Mixon said there is one part she likes more than others.


“I love seeing the different ages running,” said Mixon. “There are the young children who race with mom and dad. It says a lot about families that are doing things together, and that's very important.”


The winner from this year's race was Justin Bishop from West Columbia. This isn't the first race that Bishop has won. Originally from New York, Bishop said that he has won 10 to 12 races since moving to the area eight months ago.


This course was different from others that Bishop has run.


“The course is completely flat. It's a very nice course,” Bishop said. “I've run in other races that had a lot of hills... Runners don't like hills.”


“People seem to like this race because of the sights. They go through South Boundary and the horse district. It makes it nice,” Mixon added.