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CASA Superhero Run raises money for neglected children in Lexington

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Posted at 11:22 AM, Sep 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-07 12:59:55-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Superheroes of all ages have put on their capes and made their way to the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday. And naturally, it is all for a good cause.

The annual CASA Superhero Run started on Saturday and raised money for children who could use a hero in their lives.

"People need to be doing more and stepping up to help their local communities, their societies, wherever you need to go... you just need to be there for them," said Melynda Jamison, the CASA of Lexington's executive director.

The event included a 1K for children 12-years-old and under, a 5K for all ages and a festival with costume contests, superhero characters, inflatables, face painting, food and games.

The 1K started at 8 a.m. on Saturday and the 5K started at 9 a.m.

All children that participated in the 1K received a cape and a medal. All the participants in the 5K received a t-shirt that was designed by local artist Rick McGee.

More than $10,000 in prizes were given out throughout the events.

The money from the Superhero Run will go to providing advocacy for abused and neglected children in Lexington.

"The CASA Superhero Run allows us to bring together an entire community to stand for children who need it most," said Jamison.

The Superhero Run partnered with the Lexington Fire Department's The Run to Remember in honor of 9/11.