By Lonnie Huhman,
RF Events’ annual Holiday Hustle, a 5K in Dexter, came up big again in giving back to the community.
On Jan. 30, the organization again made donations to the community by dividing up $10,810 and donating it to some different, local charitable groups, including the Athletic Booster Club of Dexter, the Shop With A Cop program, Karen’s Trail, the Dexter Senior Center and Faith In Action.
Randy Step, the president of RF Events, presented the checks to the group at Monument Park in Dexter.
“Because that is what the race is all about,” Step said. “It is about giving back to the community.”
The money comes directly from the registrations for the race. Each organization expressed to RF Events their full appreciation and gratefulness.
At the donation presentation was Lew Kidder of Karen’s Trail and a representative of the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative, which is the private part of a public/private effort to complete construction of the Border-to-Border Trail.
“Randy and RFE have been crucial to our success thus far,” Kidder said.
He said their rallying cry is urging the community to help us build “Karen’s Trail.” The Karen in this case, Kidder said, was his wife, Karen McKeachie, who he called a Title IX pioneer and world-class athlete (7-time winner of the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run, member of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame and Dexter High School Hall of Fame. She was killed while riding her bike on Dexter-Chelsea Road in August 2016.
“Karen and I had been close friends of Randy and Kathy Step since the early 1980’s, and when I asked Randy to support the trail-building effort, he immediately agreed,” Kidder said. “Since then, Randy and RF Events have been one of our biggest and most important supporters.”
Kidder said they just finished building a 2.6-mile segment of the trail that runs north from Chelsea along M-52 to Green Lake; three more segments (totaling almost six miles) are under construction right now. He said in fact, the next ground-breaking ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Dexter-Huron Metropark.