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Woodlands Park 'Superheros' Running To Rescue Foster Children

Families and friends show support for foster children at the annual Superhero Run.
Families and friends show support for foster children at the annual Superhero Run. Photo Credit: Passaic County CASA for Children

WOODLAND PARK, N.J.– The Superhero Run on Saturday, Aug. 20 through Garret Mountain offers a powerful and visual show of support for Passaic County children living in foster care.

The 3rd Annual CASA race welcomes families and friends to wear their favorite superhero costumes for a 4 Mile Run & Walk at Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park, starting at 8:30 a.m.

The superhero theme grew out of the idea that every child needs a hero, but abused children need superheroes.

Registered participants age 12 and under will receive a commemorative superhero cape, while adults will receive a t-shirt. Capes will also be available for purchase.

This family event includes a 4 Mile run/walk, certified and sanctioned as part of the “Grand Prix Series” by the USATF-NJ, and a 1-mile run/walk for kids and families.

The day includes a costume contest and several post race activities for kids. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in the 4-mile and run/walk for kids, as well as the top three male and female finishers by age categories.

Last year's Superhero Run was a great event to help fulfill a critical need for CASA volunteers. Each year it costs approximately $2,000 to supervise one CASA volunteer and approximately $300 to train each new CASA volunteer.

Funds raised from this run will go toward training and supervising additional volunteers. Sponsors make the event a success and are still sought.

For more information contact Erica at Erica@passaiccountycasa.org, 972-832-4002 or visit www.runsignup.com/casarace to learn more.

To register as a runner, form a team, donate or sponsor the CASA Superhero Run, go to www.runsignup.com/casarace or call 973-832-4002.

Passaic County CASA is a nonprofit organization that recruits, screens, trains, and supervises volunteers to “Speak Up for a Child” removed from home due to abuse or neglect.

CASA is the only program in New Jersey that uses trained volunteers to work one-on-one with children, ensuring that each child receives needed services and achieves permanency in a safe, nurturing home.

Last year, over 600 youth went through the Passaic county foster care system, however because of a lack of volunteers, only 25 percent of them were able to benefit from a CASA.

For additional information, visit www.passaiccountycasa.org .

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