Laguna Niguel, Calif. – The eighth annual Boy Scout 10K run broke records and made strides as over 150 racers competed and enjoyed the morning on Saturday (May 13).
The annual race included a 10K run through Wood Canyon and a 1-mile fun run, where the competition was fierce. Racers were greeted with bumpin’ jams from the DJ as they checked in to receive their bibs and t-shirts. Many scouts were on hand to help with the check-in and Troop 872 led the crowd with a flag ceremony, as a member of the troop played the violin and the audience sang the National Anthem.
Kent McLaren played host on the microphone as he guided the runners to the course and they were off! Scout troops welcomed the competitors back with cheers, high-fives and water as they crossed the finish line. Tyler Harwood led the pack with a 36:13 finish time while Kalina Preston sprinted to a first place finish in the women's division (45:02).
The annual event put on by the scouts enabled them to raise money for their troops and to help cover the cost of activities such as Scout Camp and other camping/hiking trips. Seven troops were involved in the 10K this year including Troops 77 (Marina Hills), 726 (Wood Canyon), 730 (Dana Hills), 754 (San Juan Capistrano), 777 (Laguna Niguel), 872 (St. Anne’s) and 972 (Aliso Viejo.)
Co-coordinator for the event, Ron Hoopes, reflected, “We had more racers this year than any year before! We are so grateful for all of the participants and sponsors that support our local Boy Scout troops."