The 7th Annual For Kids’ Sake Superhero 5K, on Friday, at Turley Park in Carbondale, was a resounding success, according to the event’s organizers.
There were more than 400 race registrants, 40 local business sponsors, more than 100 local volunteers and more than $38,000 raised for children in Bangladesh. Organizers say the event has become the largest 5K race in Southern Illinois.
“We are delighted with the success of our 7th Annual Superhero 5K,” Shema Ruperto For Kids’ Sake Director said Monday. “After seven years, we are proud to say that we have grown into the largest 5K in Southern Illinois.”
Participants ranged from 4 to 81 years old including teams from SIU, Carbondale Community High School, Unity Point, Brehm Preparatory School and several businesses including Kohl’s, Southern Illinois G.I. Specialists and NeuroRestorative.
The Carbondale Police Department closed down roads to ensure the safety of the runners and the Carbondale Fire Department brought fire trucks to the event and cheered on runners.
The atmosphere was electric as racers, dressed like superheroes, crossed the finish line and gathered at the Turley Park Pavilion. Some “superheroes” competed for the Best Costume Award, prizes were given to the fastest runners, and both individuals and teams raising the most money won awards. The Brehm Preparatory School team of more than 25 students raised about $6,000 and won the Championship Team Fundraising Award.
“It’s really the heartwarming participation of the greater community, which includes 400 registrants, 40 business sponsors and nearly 100 volunteers, that make this event possible,” Ruperto said. “On behalf of the thousands of kids we support in Bangladesh, thank you!”
All proceeds will provide lifesaving resources to 550 orphans and 4,000 students in Bangladesh. As the event ended at $2,000 shy of its $40,000 goal, donations are still accepted at www.forkidssake.net.