RACE: SUPER HERO RUN/WALK 5K
LOCATION: Viera, Florida
DATE: Saturday – January 31, 2015
LENGTH: 5K (3.1 MI)
RUNIT RATING: Super!
The race theme, Super Heroes! The race motto, “Every Child Needs A Hero. Abused Children Need A Super Hero”. This past Sunday, my family participated in the 4th annual Super Hero 5K hosted by Friends of Children of Brevard County. This event was a family friendly yet serious run, open to all ages and abilities on a ‘Florida-flat’ up and back course.
The weather was a perfect 45 degrees and warming at the race start. 420 racers plus stroller riders lined up donned in every manner of super hero costume and the horn blew promptly at 8 am signaling the start. Hero sightings of Rainbow Bright, Doctor, Captain America, Baymax, The Terminator, Sheriff, Hulk, Powerpuff Girls, Wonder Woman, and Batman were among a few spotted. The costumes were really amazing.
Race organizers billed the race as family friendly and that is exactly what it was. I love seeing children with their families out being active together, and I love running with my boys, even if I can’t keep up with them anymore. Discount registrations were offered to children under 12 years old. There was a free kids’ fun run, a super hero costume contest, and a most entertaining mascot race. Community mascots from local restaurants, businesses, sports teams, and community attractions lined up to show their speed, or lack thereof, while races runners cheered them on.
Post-race festivities included appearances by Cinderella and Optimus Prime, pizza, smoothies, donuts, hot chocolate, bouncy house, face painting, balloons, and rescue dogs to pet; all family friendly and guaranteed to entertain the plethora of young (and older) at the race. My almost 7 year old and 8 year old boys had a blast.
My husband and I had a blast too. Not only was this a great family run for all four of us (we all medaled, 2 – 1st in our age groups and 2 – 2nd in our age groups), we all felt great about helping a cause dedicated to helping children. Many children go into the court systems with only the clothes on their little backs. Friends of Children of Brevard County states thousands of abused and neglected children become the subject of judicial proceedings each year in Florida. Proceeds from the race will be used to support Guardians ad Litem, citizens who volunteer to become part of a court program to represent the best interests of an assigned child. If you’d like to know more about this organization, please visit their website which accepts donations all year round.
Overall, we felt great; we spent time together, ran a great race, helped a great cause, and had tons of fun. We look forward to being a part of this race again next year. Thank you for helping us be the hero, Super Hero 5K!