More than 200 people dressed up as their favorite superhero and participated in a run to raise money for children involved in the court system.
Approximately $10,000 was raised at the second annual CASA Superhero Run Saturday morning at Sportsfield Park. The event featured a 5K run/walk, a 10K run and a 100-yard fun run for children.
“I thought it went great,” said Kelly Meyer, executive director of the nonprofit First Judicial District CASA.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates.
“I really love this event,” she said. “People came out in their costumes. The kids’ fun run was the best part for me. It warms my heart. I think everyone had a really great time.”
Mathew Paige, a junior at Leavenworth High School, was the overall winner of the 5K event.
“I feel good,” Paige said after the race. “It was a good run.”
Paige is accustomed to the demands of hard physical workouts. He is a member of the Leavenworth High School JROTC Raider team.
Meyer said that 100 percent of the money raised at the event will go to CASA programs and services, including the Child in Need of Care program, the Child Advocacy Center and the Child Exchange and Visitation Center.
Meyer said volunteers are always needed for the programs.
Training for volunteers occurs monthly at CASA’s downtown office.
The next training will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the CASA office, 108 S. 5th St.
For more information, call the CASA office at 913-651-6440.