Hitting the ground running! Special Olympics / Superhero Foundation

Two races. Two terrific organizations. Two very successful fundraisers.

Special Olympics (Pennsylvania) Beaver Stadium 5K Race
I’ve been a fan of the the Special Olympics for a very long time and when I found out they were having a 5K run in State College, I simply had to be involved. The Beaver Stadium Run allowed race participants to foot tour the picturesque Penn State campus, then run through the stadium’s tunnel, and finish at the fifty yard line inside Beaver Stadium. On the way out of the stadium, there were picture ops with Steelers Hall of Fame running back , Franco Harris and the option of ringing the touchdown bell.

There were over 3000 runners/walkers who raised $300,000+. This event now has the distinct honor of being the single largest fundraising event for the Special Olympics in Pennsylvania. Just think about how many disabled athletes will get to develop “physical fitness skills, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. (Special Olympics Mission Statement)

Special Olympics PA: http://specialolympicspa.org
Beaver Stadium Run: http://stadiumrun.org
Special Olympics: http://specialolympics.org

4th Annual Pittsburgh Superhero Foundation 5K/1k Run/Walk
While at the Stadium Run Race, I met a volunteer who spends most of his weekends during the summer helping out at races to benefit worthwhile organizations. He invited me to volunteer at the Superhero Foundation 5K Run the following Saturday and gave me the contact info to the event organizer.

If you’re not familiar with the Superhero Foundation, you’re not alone. Even though it is one of the fastest growing local races held throughout the U.S., I was completely ignorant about the organization. But after a little Google-ing, I became well versed in the big vision of the Superhero Foundation -- “to end child abuse”. Founder Matt Curtin adds, “we use this platform (superhero races) to celebrate childhood and raise awareness and funds to help support the victims of child abuse.” For this race, the funds went to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Alleghany County.

Over 500 people showed up to run/walk -- all in some sort of costume. Talk about fun! Even with the cool temps and little chunks of snow started to fall, everyone’s attitudes stayed high as evidenced by all the smiles.

Be sure to check out The Superhero Foundation’s website to see if there’s a race near you. Don’t miss your chance to run as a superhero in order to end child abuse.

The Superhero Foundation: http://www.thesuperherofoundation.org

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