On Saturday morning, Downtown Ardmore will look like a scene out of a Marvel movie. That’s because CASA of Southern Oklahoma will be hosting its first annual Super Hero Fun Run, and they are inviting all of the city’s youngest heroes to join in the festivities.

Amy Martens, volunteer coordinator with CASA, said children from the ages of two to 12 will be divided into four heats based on age, with each heat participating in a short run down East Main Street. And everyone is encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero.

“Because this is a superhero fun run, we’re inviting all the kids to wear a superhero costume or cape and dress as whatever superhero character they would like,” Martens said. “We’ve also got about 13 local businesses who are going to set up booths along the run loop, and they’re going to be setting up games, a decoration station, and some other fun family events for everyone.”

Martens said the idea of hosting a fun run came from other local CASA programs across the nation that have held similar events. In addition to helping raise funds for their organization, Martens said this event will help raise awareness of the work CASA is doing in the community.

“This is the first fundraiser that we’ve held in probably 20 years, and we’re also hoping to get more information out about our programs,” Martens said. “We’re a nonprofit volunteer program, and we train and support our volunteers to advocate in the courtroom for the best interest of children who have experienced abuse and neglect in their homes.”

Registration for the Super Hero Fun Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning on East Main Street near the traffic circle, and the first heat will take off at 9 a.m. Registration is $3 per child with a maximum cost of $10 per family.