Wonder Woman, Super Girl, the Hulk, Captain America and Batman all charged down Main Street Saturday morning, rounding the roundabout and receiving a medal of honor at the end.
An estimated total of around 100 kids, ages two to 12, competed in the first annual Superhero Fun Run, held by local nonprofit organization Court Appointed Special Advocates.
All proceeds from the race will go towards the organization, however, the event was about more than just raising money, said CASA of Southern Oklahoma Director Ruanne DiMiceli.
“If someone wants to donate that’s great, but what we’re wanting to do today is raise community awareness for CASA,” DiMiceli said. “We need volunteers and our children really need our community to be aware of what’s going on with our children being deprived and abused.”
CASA volunteers serve as superheroes in their own way, DiMiceli said. Volunteers act as advocates for children in the court system that have been abused or neglected and help determine what is in the child’s best interest.
Of the five local counties CASA serves, Carter County is especially in need of volunteers. DiMiceli said she is hopeful that events like the fun run will not only bring people together, but will help them get involved with the cause.
“It brings the community together, from all walks of life,” DiMiceli said. “And we need people from all walks of life to be involved with this.”
DiMiceli said she was very happy with the turnout for the organization’s first annual event and plans to continue with similar functions in the future.
“First time around, it has been great, we have had a lot of participation, a lot of kids, a lot of runners and a lot of capes,” DiMiceli said. “We’re planning on making it a yearly event and we just hope to grow from here.”
To find out more about volunteering, email casa_child@yahoo.com or call 580-226-0009.