Over 250 runners, walkers and rollers (participants in wheelchairs and hand cycles) braved the rain and helped raise funds for children with physical disabilities in the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 31st Annual Race Day took place on Saturday, September 17, at Lakewood Park. The event was dedicated in memory of Dave Hardman, former President of the Youth Challenge Board of Trustees.
Runners along with Youth Challenge families and friends—many dressed as Superheroes–ran or walked in the 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Roll. Over $10,000 was raised to support the free programs Youth Challenge offers to hundreds of young people in Northeast Ohio.
“The Superhero Dash is a great event for the community, our participants and volunteers,” said Ken Kasler, Youth Challenge Chief of Operations & Program Oversight. “The YC kids always love dressing up as superheroes and competing in the race, even in the rain.”
Volunteer groups from Metro-West Kiwanis, Invacare, YP4YC (the Youth Challenge Young Professional group) and other community volunteers pitched in to help make Race Day a great success. Hermes Cleveland managed the race.
American Tank & Fabricating, First Federal Lakewood, Linda & Doug Hardman, The Krueger Group, Medial Mutual, National Associates, Inc., and Oatey Foundation sponsored the Superhero Dash. Vitamix, Giant Eagle and Nature’s Bin provided food and water for the runners.
Visit youthchallengesports.com to see Superhero Dash photos and race results.