Practice run for Kinetic Derby Day on a Sunny Saturday in West Columbia

By Terry Ward

There was a bit of a chill in the air Saturday morning (Feb. 5) as soap box contraptions sped down the hill on Meeting Street in West Columbia.

Part of the street was closed off for a couple hours as the would-be champions were taking test runs for the April 23 Kinetic Derby Day.

“It was a great day for a trial run” said Kelli Ricard, Event Planner for the City of West Columbia. “We love seeing the people come out to enjoy this. And we expect Kinetic Derby Day to be so much fun this year.”

West Columbia Police Chief Marion Boyce was working out the kinks of the WCPD soap box racer. His daughter Kate Boyce was behind the wheel.

West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles rode his skateboard when the hill was opened for a skateboard run. WCPD also Patrolman Eugene Hammill took a run down the hill on his skateboard with a few others.

“We’ve challenged Cayce Police Chief (Chris) Cowan,” Boyce said. And the CPD is building a car to compete in April, Boyce said. Former West Columbia Fire Chief Wyatt Coleman came out for the practice run.

“It’s great to be out on such a beautiful morning in West Columbia,” Coleman said.