3rd Annual Superhero Run

Calling All Superheroes!

Don your cape for Voices for CASA Children’s 3rd Annual Superhero 5K/1K Fun Run/Kids Dash.  Your SUPER-AMAZING participation will benefit more than 13,000 local abused or neglected foster children.

Fly across the Finish Line and experience all of our SUPER-FUN activities.  Keep an eye out for villains.  Strut your stuff at our Superhero Costume Contest for all ages.  And don’t miss our Mighty Mini Heroes Zone with face painting, games, obstacle course, team mascots, emergency vehicles, superheroes and more!


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Hosted By

Voices for CASA Children

Learn more about advocacy for children who’ve been abused or neglected. (Link to Voices home page)


North Soccer Field, Kiwanis Park (Baseline and Ash Avenue), Tempe, AZ 85283

Parking available

Kiwanis parking lot just north of the lake

Event Day Schedule               Times are approximate

7:30 a.m.                  Check-In/Registration

8:10 a.m.                  Exercise/Dance Warm-Up

8:30 a.m.                  5K Race Start (timed)

8:45 a.m.                  1K Race Start

9:00 a.m.                  25-yard Kids Dash (ages 1 – 3)

9:05 a.m.                  50-yard Kids Dash (ages 4 – 7)

9:10 a.m.                  50-yard Kids Dash (ages 8 – 12)

9:15 a.m.                  Superhero Costume Contest Judging

9:30 a.m.                  Announcement of Winners of Races

50/50 Raffle Drawing

Announcement of Costume Contest Winners

Registration Fees

5K – $20 ‘til March 24th/$25 ‘til April 23rd/$30 on Race Day

1K Fun Run – $10

Kids Dash (by age group) – $5 (Chris – think they can sign up for this on Active, right?)

Online registration closes at (XXX). Event day registration will open at 7:30 a.m.


Mighty Mini Heroes Zone

The Mighty Mini Heroes Zone (for ages 12 and under) will include a variety of SUPER-EXCITING activities.


  • Obstacle Course
  • Superhero Face Painting
  • Hula Hoops
  • Superhero Coloring
  • Decorating Superhero Masks
  • Spray the Villain (Silly String)
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Villain Ring Toss
  • Star Wars Tic Tac Toe
  • Villainous Musical Chairs (without chairs!)

Prizes will be offered for games.

“Superhero” Vehicles

  • Batmobile (pending)
  • Tempe Fire Department Fire Engine (pending)
  • Tempe Police Department Squad Car
  • EMT Vehicle

Mascots, Superheroes and “Bad Guys”

  • Big Red (Mascot for the Arizona Cardinals)
  • The Justice League (Superheroes)
  • The 501st Legion (Star Wars Storm Troopers and Galactic Troopers)
  • The Rebel Legion (Star Wars “Good Guys”)



Course Map

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Race Day Check-In/Registration

Sunday, April 24th

Race day check-in and registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on the North Soccer Field just south of Baseline.  If you want to register the day of the race, please allow plenty of time to ensure you are at the Start Line on time (5K begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 1K Fun Run begins at approximately 8:45 a.m.)


Costume Contest

Our 2016 Superhero Costume Contest judging will begin at approximately 9:15 a.m., following the 50-yard Kids Dash.  Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

Best Traditional Superhero*

Best Invented Superhero**

Best Mighty Mini Hero (12 and under)

Best Superhero Team


*Known character like Superman or Wonder Woman

**New superhero you create


Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!

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3rd Annual Superhero 5K/1K Fun Run/Kids Dash

Don your cape to help local abused or neglected children!

Questions about registering for the race:  Contact Marketing Manager Karyn McAlphin at (insert Voices # here) or via email (karyn.mcalphin@voicesforcasachildren.org).

Media:  Contact Marketing Manager Karyn McAlphin at (insert Voices # here) or via email (karyn.mcalphin@voicesforcasachildren.org).

Questions about Race Logistics:  Contact Race Director Christine Trapp at (insert # here) or via email (Chris@voicesforcasachildren.org). (Ensure this is correct!)

Interested in Sponsoring:  Contact Community Affairs Liaison Karyn Luke at (insert # here) or via email (karyn@voicesforcasachildren.org.)

Thank you to The Superhero Foundation for their continued support of CASA programs and Superhero Run events across the country!

Copyright © 2016, Voices for CASA Children.  All rights reserved.



About Voices for CASA Children

Voices for CASA Children is calling all superheroes to don their capes on behalf of abused and neglected children in Maricopa County. (Include a brief sentence or two about Voices)

Nobody longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care.  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality.  CASAs not only bring positive change to the lives of these vulnerable children, they enrich their own lives as well.

What do CASA Volunteers do?

CASAs Listen First – Then They Act

Court Appointed Special Advocates take the time to get to know a child by listening to him or her and talking with important figures in that child’s life. Parents, relatives, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys and social workers. Then they use the information they gather to make informed recommendations regarding what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for him or her.


By serving as a CASA, you can make sure that a child doesn’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service systems or languish in an inappropriate foster or group home. You’ll continue to advocate for the child until the case is closed and the child is permanently placed with a caring family.


For the child, your advocacy can make a difference between homelessness and finding a loving family to raise them. The difference between dropping out and completing school, unemployment and being self-sufficient, and for some children – the difference between jail and life as a productive member of our community.


Who Can Be A Volunteer?


You don’t have to be a lawyer or a social worker to be a volunteer. We welcome everyone who is committed to advocacy for children to apply. At CASA, we’re looking for people who care about children.


Interested in helping children but not ready to commit to becoming a volunteer advocate?  Learn about other volunteer opportunities. (Link to Volunteer section on Voices website.)

Ready to Stand Up for a Child Who Needs You?  (Link to Advocate section on Voices website)



Who am I helping at Voices for CASA Children’s 3rd Annual Superhero Walk & Run?

You are helping more than 13,000 abused or neglected children in Arizona state dependency in Maricopa County.  Voices for CASA Children is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which helps support CASA of Maricopa County.  CASA speaks up for children by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system.  When the state steps in to protect a child’s safety, a judge appoints a trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to make independent and informed recommendations in the child’s best interest.

What difference does CASA make for children recovering from abuse or neglect?

If a child has a CASA volunteer, the CASA usually is the only person who truly knows the child and knows how the child is really doing.

National CASA reports that children with CASAs are more likely to receive therapy, healthcare and education, more likely to do better in school, less likely to be bounced from one place to another, less likely to get stuck in long-term foster care and significantly more likely to reach safe, permanent homes.

A CASA volunteer is often the child’s only link to maintaining family connections and can be instrumental in identifying family members as temporary or permanent placement options.

Most importantly, children themselves report that they know and can rely on their CASA volunteers.

How can I learn more about becoming a CASA on race day?

Stop by the Voices for CASA Children table and meet representatives from VOICES and CASA of Maricopa County.  We’d love to tell you more about how you can become a Voice for abused and neglected children.

Can I walk in the 5K?

Runners, joggers and walkers are all welcome in our family-friendly 5K.  If you don’t plan to run, please move further back at the start line to allow runners to get a quick start.

What are the course routes?

The 5K course is a loop starting at the north end of Kiwanis Park just west of the Ash Avenue entrance.  The course will head south along the lake and down past the Kiwanis Wave Pool, to Guadalupe and then back up the east side of the park and lake to the North Soccer Field. (Chris – pls revise as necessary.)

The 1K course will start at the North Soccer Field and loop around (Where, Chris?) to keep the 5K and 1k groups separate.

The 25-yard and 50-yard Kids Dashes will be held on the North Soccer Field.

Where can I pick up my runner’s bib?

Race day check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. on the North Soccer Field.  (Sorry, t-shirts will not be given out at this race.  We hope to offer them next year as our Superhero Race grows!)

If you want to register the day of the race, please allow plenty of time to ensure you are at the Start Line on time (5K begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 1K Fun Run begins at approximately 8:45 a.m.)

Where can I park?

Parking is available in the parking lot just north of the lake and on the road leading into the park.  From Baseline, turn south into Kiwanis Park at the Ash Avenue entrance (please note:  Ash is NOT marked on this side, but IS on the north side of Baseline.)  We will have volunteers assisting with parking.

May I bring a baby jogger on the 5K course?

Baby joggers, as well as strollers, are welcome, although we ask you to start towards the back of the group to be considerate to other runners.

Who can participate in the 1K Fun Run?

Anyone of any age can participate, although our 25- and 50-yard dashes are best for kids ages 6 and under.  If you choose to walk the 1K, please start towards the back of the group to allow runners to go first.

What are the age ranges for the Mighty Mini Heroes Kids Dash?

We will have 3 separate Kids Dashes.  The first event, the 25-yard dash, is intended for Mighty Mini Heroes who are ages 1 – 3.  The first 50-yard dash is intended for those who are ages 4 – 7, and the second 50-yard dash is for kids ages 8 – 12.  (Children who are able to walk and run in the 1K or 5K are welcome to do so, but must pay the associated registration fees.)

What will happen if it rains?

The race will take place rain or shine.

Where can I get water the day of the race?

We will have two water stations along the route at (Chris – insert info here).

Where can I get First Aid if needed?

We will have a First Aid kit at (Chris – insert info here).

How far is 5 kilometers?

5 kilometers is equal to 3.1 miles.

Will there be mile splits?

There will be markers at each mile.

What do I get for my entry fee?

All participants will receive access to the event day festivities.  Each 5K participant will receive a bib with a chip in it for timing purposes.  1K participants will receive bibs with their race numbers on them.

Where are the restrooms located on event day?

You may use the permanent restrooms at the north end of the lake, near the paddleboats.

Where will race results be posted?

Race results will be posted on a flat screen under a tent near the check-in/registration tables. (Chris – confirm this is correct.)

How do I enter the Superhero Costume Contest?

An announcement will be made following the 50-yard Kids Dash at approximately 9:15 a.m.  Judging will take place shortly thereafter and awards for the categories below will be given at approximately 9:35 a.m.

  • Best Traditional Superhero
  • Best Invented Superhero
  • Best Mighty Mini Hero (12 and under)
  • Best Superhero Team

Will there be photos of the event?

We will have a photographer roaming the event and one stationed at the “Gotham City” photo booth.  While registrants have already signed a photography agreement as part of their race waiver, if you have a child in foster care or have any reasons not to be photographed, please just let our photographers know.  (Chris – did they sign a waiver on Active.com when they registered?)

How can I win prizes for posting photos on social media? (we need to discuss this and see if we can support; if so, we need to determine what the categories and prizes will be)

Now YOU can be a social media superhero!  Post one of the following photos to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #DonYourCape and show us the post at the “Super Social Media” table to claim your prize:

  • Assemble the Avengers – Capture 3 or more members of the Avengers in one photo!
  • Batman Versus Superman – Capture Batman and Superman in the same photo!
  • Defeat a Villain – Take a selfie while battling a villain!

What happens if a child is lost? (We need to tighten this up with more detail; volunteer shirts?  Stage?)

If your child gets lost, please alert a volunteer at the Voices for CASA Children table and then stay where you told your child you would meet them or where you last saw them.  Our volunteers will help search for your child.  Please tell your child that if they can’t find you for some reason, they should go to the DJ’s area and tell one of the volunteers there that they can’t find their parents.


Where is Lost and Found?

Lost and Found items will go (insert info here).

What are the Refund/Transfer Policies?

There are no refunds, although you may transfer your race number to another person by calling (insert Voices # here) before Wednesday, April 20th.)

If you have any other questions about the event, please call (insert Voices # here).


PRIZES  (Karyn Luke – please confirm categories and prizes)

Prizes will be given for: 


  • 5K 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers
  • 1K 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers
  • 25-yard Kids Dash 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers (ages 1 – 3)
  • 50-yard Kids Dash 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers (ages 4 – 7)
  • 50-yard Kids Dash 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers (ages 8 – 12)

Superhero Costume Contest

  • Best Traditional Superhero
  • Best Invented Superhero
  • Best Might Mini Hero (12 and under)
  • Best Superhero Team



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