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

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 games, team mascots, emergency vehicles, superheroes and more!


Date

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Location

North Soccer Field, Kiwanis Park (E. Baseline Rd. and Ash Ave.), 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

8:20 a.m. — National Anthem Performed by Rachel Brown, Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock

8:30 a.m. — 5K Race Start (timed)

8:40 a.m. — 1K Race Start

9:15 a.m. — 25-yard Kids Dash (ages 1 – 3)

9:20 a.m. — 50-yard Kids Dash (ages 4 – 7)  Villain Chase!

9:25 a.m. — 50-yard Kids Dash (ages 8 – 12)  Villain Chase!

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

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.

Games

  • Obstacle Course
  • Superhero Face Painting
  • Hula Hoops
  • Superhero Coloring
  • Decorating Superhero Masks
  • Spray the Villain (Silly String)
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Villain Toss
  • Star Wars Tic Tac Toe
  • Villain “Cake Walk”

Prizes will be offered for games.

“Superhero” Vehicles

  • Tempe Fire Department Fire Truck
  • Tempe Police Department Squad Car
  • American Medical Response Vehicle

Mascots, Superheroes and “Bad Guys”

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


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 E. Baseline Rd., turn south into Kiwanis Park at the Ash Ave. 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.


5K Course Map

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1K Course Map

 


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 E. Baseline Rd.  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 8:40 a.m.)


Costume Contest

Judging for our 2016 Superhero Costume Contest will be conducted by our VOICES panel of Superhero experts, who will be roaming the event in search of the most SUPER-AMAZING costumes they’ve ever seen.  Winners will be announced at 9:30 a.m. following the 50/50 Raffle.  Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

Best Traditional Superhero*

Best Invented Superhero**

Best Mighty Mini Hero (12 and under)

Best Superhero Team or Family

*Known character like Superman or Wonder Woman

**New superhero you create


Thank you to our 2016 sponsors!

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Event Contact Information

Questions about the race:  Contact Marketing Manager Karyn McAlphin via email.


FAQs

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 will start at the north end of Kiwanis Park just west of the Ash Avenue entrance.  The course will head south down along the west side of the lake towards the softball fields, back up All-American Way to the southern tip of the lake, back down All-American Way, around the softball fields and then back up the east side of the park and lake to the North Soccer Field.

The 1K course will start at the North Soccer Field and loop around 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.

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 8:40 a.m.)

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.  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.

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.

Where can I get First Aid if needed?

We will have a First Aid kit at the registration table.

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 finish line.

You can retrieve race results following the race at:

http://4peaksracing.racetecresults.com/Results.aspx?CId=16494&RId=157 .

How do I enter the Superhero Costume Contest?

Judging for the contest will be conducted by our VOICES panel of Superhero experts, who will be roaming the event in search of the most SUPER-AMAZING costumes they’ve ever seen.  Winners will be announced at 9:30 a.m., following the 50/50 Raffle.

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

Will there be photos of the event?

We will have a photographer roaming the event.  Fun props will be available for your use for “selfies” at the “Gotham City” photo booth.

Following the race, our photographer will download photos from the event to Dropbox.  We’ll let you know soon how to retrieve them!

Where is Lost and Found?

Lost and Found items will go the registration table.


AWARDS   

5K Race

Medals will be awarded to:

  • 1st Place Finisher
  • 2nd Place Finisher
  • 3rd Place Finisher
  • Top 3 Men’s Finishers
  • Top 3 Women’s Finishers
  • Top 3 Kids (12 and under) Finishers

PRIZES   

5K Race

1st Place Men’s and Women’s Finishers will each receive a prize pack from Dutch Bros.

1st Place Kids (12 and under) Finisher will win a prize pack from Dave & Buster’s.

5K Race and 1K Fun Run

KAPOW! All Mighty Mini Heroes (12 and under) will receive a Superhero Gift Bag as they cross the finish line.

Mighty Mini Heroes Zone

SHAZAM! Kids will receive small prizes for playing our games, plus winners of our group competitions will get exciting Superhero/Star Wars-themed items.

Superhero Costume Contest

A $15 gift card from Dutch Bros and a prize pack from Dave & Buster’s will be given to the winner of each category below.  In addition, one $50 gift card will be awarded to the Overall Best Traditional or Invented Superhero and one $50 gift card will be awarded to the Best Mighty Mini Hero!

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