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10th annual CASA Superhero Run set for Saturday
CASA Superhero Run

CASA of Forsyth County has announced its 10th annual Superhero Run will be held Feb. 10. The Superhero Run and 5K will be held at Academy Sports at The Collection, 320 Peachtree Parkway.  

According to Paula Malmfeldt, CASA executive director, it’s the first time the event hasn’t been held at Fowler Park.

She said the event is CASA’s “signature fundraiser of the year.”

“We like to say that ‘people need heroes, but people in foster care need superheroes,’” Malmfeldt said.

According to a news release from CASA of Forsyth County, the run’s new location will offer a flat 5K route that will be a Peachtree-qualifier “perfect for the serious runner, families and everyone in between.”

Malmfeldt said that relationships formed “between a CASA volunteer and the child becomes a stable part of an otherwise chaotic life for a child in foster care. The CASA volunteer is the one face that is constant during a child’s journey through the child welfare system. They are invaluable to the child and to our Forsyth community as we work together to make our families stronger.”

Superheroes from Heroes Alliance will make an appearance for photo opportunities and a new vendor village offering food and local business partners will also be available.

The official 5K start time is designated for 8:30 a.m., and a 9:30 a.m. start for the Fun Run both at Academy Sports.

In addition to awards for top male and female runners, there will be a contest to recognize the best and most creative Superhero costumes. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite Superhero costume although this is not mandatory to participate in the 5K. 

The release stated that all funds raised by the run are used to train volunteer advocates who become the voice for a child involved in Juvenile Court deprivation proceedings.

CASA of Forsyth County recruits, screen, trains and supervises volunteers to advocate for the best interests of foster children and to ensure the quality of volunteer advocacy for the children they serve. 

In 2017, 114 CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers advocated for more than 251 foster children in Forsyth County.  

For more information, visit www.forsythcountycasa.org.

Entry fees for the event are $35.  Fees for the 1K Fun Run are $15. Participants may also sign up as a team (5 or more runners) and a student discount of $5 is offered.

For more information, to register for the CASA Superhero Run or to find out how to sponsor this event, register at www.casasuperheroforsyth.org  or visit the CASA website: www.forsythcountycasa.org.