Show your super powers at CASA Superhero Run on Sept. 17

A couple of years ago, I ran the CASA Superhero Run.

When I signed up, a friend who worked at Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children loaned me a Wonder Woman costume. I donned the outfit for the race, and promptly set a personal record in the 5K.

Superheros gather before the 2016 CASA Superhero Run. This year’s race is set for Sept. 17. Photo by Marshall Tidrick for CASA Superhero Run

Coincidence? I think not.

Proceeds from the run benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocates for children programs. Photo by Marshall Tidrick for CASA

Since then, every time I’ve slipped on that Wonder Woman costume, something amazing has happened. I’ve placed in my age group at the CASA Superhero Run wrapped in its folds of red, white and blue spangled material. I even rappeled down a 38-story building in downtown Austin in it, flapping with fear on the inside but gleaning a little courage from that brave dress.

On Sept. 17, you can join super heroes all over Austin at the CASA Superhero Run 5K and Kids K. Even if you don’t have a Wonder Woman costume, by participating you’re acting as a superhero to kids who have been abused or neglected. Proceeds from the event benefit CASA programs serving Travis, Williamson, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays counties.

“When the state steps in to protect a child’s safety because the people responsible for protecting them have not, a judge appoints a trained CASA volunteer to make independent and informed recommendations and help the judge decide what’s best for the child,” according to CASA’s website.

This year’s race is set for Sept. 17 at Domain Central Park. Entry fee is $35 for the 5K or $20 for the Kids K. The event includes lots of superheroes, a costume contest, dance party, obstacle course, bounce house and more. For more information go here.

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