Cub Scout Pack 733 hosted the first Super Scout 5K at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School March 8, to support the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.
The event raised approximately 850 pounds of food and $500. More than 100 runners paid a $20 entry fee to participate in the race. In addition, each runner brought five cans of food or $5 to donate to the Food Bank.
Shepard Boulevard Elementary held a canned-food drive leading up to the race, bringing in 685 cans.
“They had a special can challenge, so the class that brought in the most cans got to run in the race,” parent volunteer John Korte said.
The idea for the 5K began with the pack’s need for a new pinewood derby track. As a parent volunteer, Korte suggested they hold a race to raise the money to build a new track.
“Then it kind of grew,” cubmaster Lee Riley said. “We decided to try to combine it with Scouting for Food to help out local community with the food bank and it just kind of a grew and got bigger and bigger.”
Pack 733 is made up of multiple dens of boys between first and fifth grade.
“It was so fun to sit there and watch the boys and give them high fives as we passed each other on the road,” Riley said.