Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Bike ride will commemorate Dick Robinson, raise awareness for Legacy Trail extension
Friends and family of Dick Robinson are inviting cyclists to join them in a ride to commemorate his life and raise awareness of his dream of extending the Legacy Trail to Georgetown.
Following a tragic cycling accident, Robinson died one year ago this week. The ride will take place on Monday, July 30 at 8:30 a.m. and will start at the Berea Road Legacy Trail trailhead, across Ironworks Road from the Horse Park Campground entrance. The distance will be approximately 15 miles, to the Northside YMCA and back. Anyone is welcome to participate and ride, run or walk as far as they would like.
“With a contagious enthusiasm and generous spirit, Dick Robinson lived life to its fullest and showed the rest of us how to chase it ourselves. The Georgetown/Scott County Legacy Trail Extension project has tons of potential and Dick’s spirit will be guiding it every step of the way,” said Lexington’s Mayor Jim Gray.
Robinson was well known in Central Kentucky athletic circles as an agent to Major League Baseball players. He also helped create and produce the popular Joe B and Denny Show, which features former University of Kentucky Basketball Coach Joe B. Hall and University of Louisville Basketball Coach Denny Crum. Early in his career, Dick was the first head basketball coach at Oakland University in Michigan.
An active member of the local business community through the years, he was an executive with The Webb Companies and a partner in local clothier Graves and Cox. He also helped found the Leadership Lexington program. Robinson served in the administration of Governor John Y. Brown Jr. and Lexington Mayors Scotty Baesler and Pam Miller. His passion for cycling prompted him, and his wife Christie, to join with Keith and Leslie Flanders in advocating for the extension of the Legacy Trail to Georgetown.
“Dick spent a great deal of time and effort getting the Lexington Legacy Trail extended north into Georgetown and Scott County. And when Dick had a passion for something, there was no stopping him. I am sure that all the groundwork that he did for the trail will soon be a reality and runners, cyclists and walkers will have the ability to go easily between Lexington and Georgetown” said Joe B. Hall, former UK Basketball Coach and longtime friend of Robinson’s.
Among those participating will be Bill Fortune of the Bluegrass Cycling Club, Kitty Dougoud of Historic Georgetown, Inc, Kelly McEuen a Georgetown City Council member, and David Lusby who was with Dick Robinson on that last ride on July 30 of 2011. Several members of the Robinson family and friends will also be participating.
Contributions to the Georgetown / Scott County Extension of the Legacy Trail can be made online through the Georgetown/Scott County Legacy Trail Extension Facebook Page or through the Bluegrass Community Foundation. Please list Georgetown/Scott County Extension as the trail you are supporting. Contributions can also be sent by mail to Bluegrass Community Foundation 250 W. Main St., Suite 1220, Lexington 40507. Checks should be made payable to The Trail Fund at BGCF with Georgetown/Scott County on the memo line.
From Georgetown/Scott County Legacy Trail Extension Committee