On Saturday morning, Sept. 19, dozens of little heroes in capes, pink tutus, batman masks, and colorful costumes zoomed across Walnut Park, in downtown Petaluma. The parents of these children heroes, also sporting capes and superhero crests, encouraged the little heroes to assemble in the park for a just cause: A run to raise money and awareness for children battling cancer.
The Second Annual Superhero Run was held in September as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, honoring local children battling cancer. The event also honored the memory of children who passed away after being diagnosed with cancer.
Children ages 4 and up could register for the event for $10 and adults for $20, with proceeds benefitting local children with cancer. The event had two runs, a 5k run at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 1 mile fun run at 9 a.m.
Before the run, the children and their parents joined in a dance challenge to Whip Pediatric Cancer, following the steps to Silento’s “Watch Me” and modeling some of the dance moves after superhero flying gestures and spiderman climbs. Then the participating heroes scattered around the neighborhood, with shirts and number labels from the event, spreading the message of their call to action.
For more information about the local heroes and ways to get involved, check out Petaluma Superhero Run’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/petalumasuperherorun