Did you ever dream of having superpowers? Maybe you wanted to fly, to have x-ray vision, or to be able to move things at a distance with the simple flick of your finger. If Halloween alone doesn’t come around enough for you to have superpowers for a day, then you just might want to be a part of the annual CASA Superhero Run. On Sunday, September 30, you’ll have one more day in the year to be the fierce Elektra, the sexy Lara Croft, an adorably playful Powerpuff Girl or even the recent phenomenon, Katniss from The Hunger Games. But unlike Halloween, this time you’d actually have a real superpower – you’d be giving a voice to an abused child who doesn’t have one.
Costumed crime fighters are alerted every year for this event by CASA of Travis County and CASA of Williamson County. Formally known as Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, CASA provides representation for abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other areas. The mission is to recruit, train, and support court-appointed volunteers so that these children “can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive.” Just last year, superheroes flew in and rescued 234,000 of these children and put them in safe and permanent homes.
But before you arrive, make sure your cape is tied on tight because there will be lots of activities for you to partake in and prizes will be given out to the best costumes! They’ll have an area where you can make your own mask and another area where you can take that mask into a photobooth with you. The event will also provide tasty super snacks from Smoothie King, Austin’s Pizza, Cornucopia Popcorn and more. And if you have kids, I think it’s about time for them to start training their superpowers. You can prepare them by fighting through the kids’ course side-by-side. Also, don’t forget to bring your very own Bolt on a leash either. There’s a Super Dog category in the costume contest, too!
And once Halloween rolls around, you can wear the same costume and brag to everyone about how you ran a 5K in it. I hope I’ll be seeing you as a masked do-gooder working up a sweat!
WHEN: Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 7 a.m.
Mueller Lake Park & Hangar
4550 Mueller Blvd
Austin, TX 78723
5K – $25 in advance, $35 on event day
Kids’ 1K – $15 in advance, $20 on event day
Your capes, masks, and kick-butt boots (or rather, tennis shoes)!