PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - After eight years, the annual Whiskey Daddle race in Peoria is done.
Last weekend's events had appeared successful, with roughly 500 runners spread across two days in the 5K, half marathon, and full marathon.
Race director Adam White says that was down 40% from turnout in 2019.
Meanwhile, shirts and medals were 30% more expensive, White says.
"I was bummed to find that out, but I'm sure there'll be other ones," runner Molly Karpowicz said on Saturday, "I love the Steamboat. That's a big one that I like to do each year. So, hopefully something will replace that one. We'll see. But I'm glad to be a part of the last one, I guess."
"We're always trying to do more, provide more, be more impactful, do more for the greater good. So, when faced with these hard decisions, it hurts," White said.
He said the race team this year believes it could take two or three years for running numbers to bounce back.
White says the 2021 Whiskey Daddle was the last.