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‘Superhero’ runners needed for April 26 race to benefit child-advocacy programs

The Henrico County and Chesterfield County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will hold their fifth-annual Superhero Run on Saturday, April 26 to support local programs for abused and neglected children.

The event, which includes a 5-kilometer race and a 1-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. Aided by their “superhero” volunteers, the private, nonprofit CASA organizations work with local courts on behalf of children who have been abused and neglected. Dominion is this year’s title sponsor of the event.

“The Henrico and Chesterfield CASA organizations are excited to partner again with our sponsors to hold the Superhero Run to increase awareness of the special needs of abused and neglected children in our community,” said Barbara Herzog, executive director of Henrico CASA.

The 5K race is open to all ages. Each participant is encouraged to run in the costume of his or her favorite superhero character. Prizes will be awarded in each age group to the top finishers and for the best costumes.

The cost to register for the 5K race 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 and to parents at no cost. All fees will increase by $5 beginning Friday, April 25. To register, go to .

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, with inflatable bounces, face painting and other family entertainment. 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 [email protected].

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