Heroes abounded at the CASA Superhero Run this past Sunday. The CASA Programs of the Greater Austin Area, with the help of their staff and volunteers, work in the community to help abused and neglected children. These groups, CASA of Travis County, CASA of Williamson County and CASA of Central Texas, cover a wide area and serve young people who have been neglected or abused by appointing a dedicated advocate to work on behalf of the child. The Superheroes of Austin came out to celebrate the year and raise funds at the annual run, which happened at the Cedar Park Center. Families, children and groups all entered the fray, dressed in their best superhero attire. Many CASA volunteers joined others looking to raise money so every child in our area who needs a CASA can have one.
Texas Thetas, one of the groups of supporters who came out this weekend, managed to register 205 members for their team and raise additional donations. CASA is the official philanthropy of Kappa Alpha Theta, and the students from the University of Texas Chapter saw a chance to help give children a Court Appointed Special Advocate when needed. The team walked together during the 5K. Many in the group are too young to volunteer but still think it is important to benefit the organization and further their mission of helping kids in our community.
CASA had a great turnout of runners for their 5K in addition to the Texas Thetas. Younger superheroes were also able to join in, with the Kids 1K. Even some of the canine companions ran in the races as well as participated in the costume contest for dogs. For humans, different categories were available so those who came in the superhero spirit could compete to win. It seems that this year’s theme was the Avengers, with young and old trying out their versions of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the rest of the crew. But others were not left out, especially Bat Man who brought along his Batmobile to the race and allowed kids to pose in front of the vehicle. The free photo booth also gave a chance for the heroes to capture their costumes before or after the race. For this weekend, all the superheroes united to support a common cause at the annual CASA event.