MONTE VISTA— The San Luis Valley Ruck Club held a ruck for the Monte Vista Emergency Food Bank last Wednesday, Aug. 21, bringing 311 pounds of food for families in need. The ruck participants carried the food from their usual starting point, west of City Hall over a mile to the food bank.
The idea started as a challenge between Junior Rucker William, who at the age of seven has made it through most of the full rucks, to SLV Ruck Club Vice-President Kelly DeSautell. DeSautell broke the rules at an initial ruck by bringing a bike, starting the joke “who brings a bike to a hike?” William decided it would be fair to thus raise the challenge weight multiple times until DeSautell agreed to 100 pounds. DeSautell’s weight was also matched by President Alex Notov.
“There’s a little bit of insanity in this activity,” Notov said, with ruck member Tara Halenza (William’s mother) agreeing, but adding the rucks are often for a good cause.
Food Bank Director Jennifer Becker was also present on the ruck, with Mayor Dale Becker carrying the flag. Jennifer explained the donations will go a long way toward assisting the average 500 families per year who visit the food bank.
The club is planning a 9/11 Memorial Ruck next month and an adoption ruck on Sept. 25, when members will walk adoptable dogs through town for the Conour Animal Shelter to draw community members in to donate and adopt. “Every ruck is a community service project,” Notov explained, adding they often pick up trash on the route to beautify the community even if they don’t have another purpose. “Three hundred and 11 pounds isn’t bad for only one and one-half months into the club,” DeSautell added.