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Superhero Run moved to Sunday

Capes optional at CASA fundraiser

POSTED: February 22, 2013 12:27 a.m.
 

UPDATE:

Due to flooding, the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department has closed the Big Creek Greenway and the CASA Superhero 5K Run/Walk has been postponed until 2 p.m. Sunday. Packet pick up will continue as planned at Totally Running from noon until 7 p.m. Friday.

Superheroes will fly along a course at Fowler Park and the Big Creek Greenway during Saturday’s 5K benefiting CASA of Forsyth County.

The fifth annual 5K and 1K fun run will take place for the third year with a superhero theme at the south Forsyth park.

About 800 people are expected to run or walk Saturday, up from about 600 at last year’s event, said Lorraine Salvatore, event organizer.

Costumes are optional for those participating, she said, but plenty of runners are sure to pay homage to a favorite superhero in some way.

Professional costumed superheroes will also take part in cheering on runners and taking photos with people at the park.

“It’s a very fun event, and families come out in droves,” Salvatore said. “I think everyone knows it’s a great time and we’ve been able to grow the event that way.”

The 5K is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier on a “fast, flat course,” which she said appeals to both serious runners and the recreational variety.

Aside from awards for fastest times, the event also has prizes for the best superhero costumes.

“I’m impressed with the costumes people put on,” Salvatore said. “They show a lot of creativity.”

She added that gift cards for the winners have been donated by local businesses.

The event receives a lot of support from the community, including title sponsor Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Forsyth, which allows most of the money raised to go directly back to the programs, Salvatore said.

The event is the “largest fundraiser of the year” for CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates of Forsyth County, she said.

The primary goals at CASA are to recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused or neglected children and to ensure the quality of volunteer advocacy for the children served, according to a news release from the nonprofit.

According to Salvatore, each year CASA is asked to advocate for more children and seeks to recruit additional volunteers.

It costs about $1,200 to serve one child per year through the CASA program and about $400 to train each volunteer advocate, the release states.

Last year, 99 volunteers advocated for more than 220 children in Forsyth. The next training session will be this summer.

 

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