‘Superhero’ runners needed for April 25 race to benefit child-advocacy programs

The Henrico County and Chesterfield County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organizations will hold their sixth-annual Superhero Run on Saturday, April 25 to support local programs for abused and neglected children.

The event, which includes a 5-kilometer race and a half-mile Kids’ Fun Run, will be held at St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Road, in recognition of April as national Child Abuse Prevention Month. Helped by their “superhero” volunteers, the private, nonprofit CASA organizations work with local courts on behalf of abused and neglected children.

“Henrico and Chesterfield CASA are excited once again to hold the Superhero Run and help increase awareness of the special needs of abused and neglected children in our community,” said Barbara Herzog, executive director of Henrico CASA. “We are grateful for the many sponsors who support this special event.”

The 5K race is open to all ages. The cost is $30 for runners 13 and older and $20 for runners 6 to 12. The Kids’ Fun Run is open to children 12 and younger at a cost of $10. Parents may accompany their child at no cost. All fees will increase by $5 beginning Friday, April 24. To register, go to casarun.com.

All participants are encouraged to run in the costume of a favorite superhero character. Prizes will be awarded in each age group to the top finishers and for the best costumes.

Activities will begin with the Kids’ Fun Run at 9 a.m., followed by the 5K race at 9:30 a.m. and a post-race fair. The event was inspired by The Superhero Foundation, a Texas-based organization working to prevent child abuse.

For information, call (804) 501-1671 or send an email to info@casarun.com.