The annual Whiskey Road Race will run into Aiken next weekend, and race organizers are still seeking participants.


The race is entering its 27th year, and its ninth year under the direction of the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons, said Jeri Wesner, case manager for the Center.


The 2-mile run will begin on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 a.m., the 10K race will begin at 8 a.m. and the tot trot will begin at 9:30 a.m. All races will start at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road.


The race has been going on for 27 years, but the Cumbee Center only took over the race in 2005 from the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.


The center's shelter houses up to 24 women and children, but the number of people living there changes every day, Wesner said.


Proceeds from the race will help fund direct services at the shelter, including clothing and food and providing transportation to take people to job interviews.


“Everything we do here is free and confidential,” Wesner said. “No matter if they're seeing a case manager, a therapist, if they're in a shelter, everything is free. It's because of reasons such as this fundraiser.”


The Whiskey Road Race is the primary fundraiser for the shelter, and sees an annual participation of about 200 people, Wesner said.


Anyone interested in running can pre-register for the race at Active.com through Tuesday, or they can fill out an application and have it postmarked by Tuesday.


The 10K and 2-mile run are $20 each to pre-register. After Tuesday, the cost goes up to $25, and registration may be completed at the race.


Registration for the tot trot is $10 and does not increase after Tuesday.


Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard.


He has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.