Local scouts ready for 50-mile ride at Jalapeño 100

HARLINGEN — Jalapeño 100, here we come.

Five Boy Scouts from Troop 1701 will take the 50-mile challenge tomorrow, earning a merit badge that will bring them one step closer to becoming an Eagle Scout.

And guess what? Some of them are only 12 and 13 years old. How does a 12-year-old …

Oh, never mind. The fact is they are doing it. After all, they’re members of the Shark Patrol in their troop. And they’re psyched.

Just ask Kevin Hall, 13.

“We’ve done a lot of practice for it, and I think we’re going to be able to do it,” Kevin said. “I mean it’s going to be tough because we haven’t done a 50-miler yet, but I’m pretty confident about it.”

The 26th Annual Jalapeño 100 will begin tomorrow morning at Oil Mill Pavilion at 906 Fair Park Blvd. The event offers five bike routes for a 12-mile ride, a 25-mile ride, a 50-mile ride, 62.5-mile ride, and the 100 miler. The Sharks will take the 50-mile route.

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