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Annual CASA Superhero Run set for Saturday in south Forsyth
Fundraiser for child advocacy nonprofit

Superheroes will be donning their capes and running through south Forsyth Saturday at CASA’s 9th annual Superhero Run.

The 5K, which will be held at Fowler Park at 4110 Carolene Way, is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier and serves as a fundraiser for CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, of Forsyth County.

The nonprofit relies on judge-appointed volunteers who are trained to represent abused or neglected children involved in juvenile court proceedings.

Volunteers act as guardians to the children, often investing more time in individual cases than Division of Family and Children Services case workers, who frequently have numerous children and families to deal with.

“The relationship formed between a CASA volunteer and the child becomes a stable part of an otherwise chaotic life for a child in foster care,” said Lori Pupp, executive director of CASA of Forsyth County. “So often DFCS case managers change, therapists change, schools change and placements change for the child. The CASA volunteer is the one face in the crowd that is constant during a child’s journey through the child welfare system.”

Each year, it costs about $1,200 to serve one child through the CASA program and around $400 to train each advocate, and the money raised at the run will go toward training new volunteers.

In 2016, 99 volunteers advocated for more than 262 children in Forsyth County, and Pupp said she hopes to increase that number in 2017.

The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and a 1K “fun run” begins at 9 a.m.

The flat course goes along the Big Creek Greenway and is chip-timed.

Tickets are $30 for the 5K and $10 for the 1K, and teams of five or more are $25 a person. Participants in the 5K may run in the 1K free of charge.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female overall runners and the top three in each age group.

There will also be prizes for costumes and post-race activities suitable for the entire family.