Kari Pepper McKeone had a choice when, sadly, her son Justin was taken from her after a car accident in 2007. “I could have gone to an insane asylum and beat my head against a wall for the rest of my life, or I could do some-thing constructive to honor Justin’s memory. I chose to start a foundation to help young people. We fund scholarships with the money we raise during events like our 5K.”
This year’s 5K is on August 31, and this 5K has a twist… the RUCK! Rucking is a great way for exercise enthusiasts to enhance their walk or run by carrying weight in a backpack. Last year, out of 142 runners, 14 of them decided to RUCK. Register at https://justinpepper.org/.
This year, the route is through the Brighton Industrial Park in Chapin, right off Columbia Avenue near I-26 Exit 91. Just a tad over 3 miles long, this paved race route is safe and easy to navigate.