If you're going
• What: CASA Superhero 5K Run/Walk and 1K Fun Run
• When: Saturday; 5K begins at 8 a.m. and 1K at 8:45 a.m.
• Where: Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way (at Hwy. 9 and Castleberry Road)
• Cost: $25 per person in advance for the 5K or $30 on race day; $10 in advance for the 1K or $15 on race day. Discounts for families of three or more.
• Online: Pre-register by visiting www.forsythcountycasa.org/funrun.html
These superheroes travel on foot instead of by air, but children everywhere look up to them.
That's the idea behind the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Forsyth County's Superhero 5K Run/Walk and 1K Fun Run planned for Saturday.
The third annual CASA fundraiser run will start at 8 a.m. in Fowler Park.
For the first time, runners and walkers are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero, following the run's slogan: "Every child needs a hero, but abused children need superheros."
Awards will be presented for best costumes, but it's not required for runners to dress up, said Lorraine Salvatore, an event organizer and CASA volunteer.
"We're also encouraging people to just come and run and enjoy the day," she said, adding that the group is excited to hold the event at Fowler Park, which opened last month.
The run, which is the first at the new park, will leave the grounds, continue onto the Big Creek Greenway and loop back.
Those doing the 5K will be timed, with prizes awarded to the top men, women and age groups.
The 1K fun run is targeted to children, many of whom are excited to dress up as superheroes, Salvatore said. With 350 people expected, it "is sure to be our biggest run so far."
She said the flat course on the county's popular trail and new park likely contributed to the increased interest.
Formerly known as the Strides for Kids 5K, the Superhero 5K is CASA's lone fundraiser of the year.
Driven by volunteers, the nonprofit advocates for abused and neglected children to have a safe, loving and permanent home.
Janet Walden, executive director of CASA, said in a statement that the relationship between a CASA volunteer and child "becomes a stable part of an otherwise chaotic life for a child in foster care.”
“The CASA volunteer is the one face in the crowd that is constant during a child’s journey through the child welfare system,” she said.