Superhero Run/Walk raises awareness for abused, neglected children

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ALLISON PARK, Pa. - Superheroes were spotted in North Park Saturday morning during an annual run/walk that raises awareness for abused and neglected children within the child welfare system.

The Pittsburgh Superhero 1k/5k Run/Walk was hosted by Court Appointed Special Advocates of Allegheny County and the Superhero Foundation.

CASA of Allegheny County Executive Director Melissa Protzek said, “This race means so much to CASA. It is our favorite event. It is one that is family-friendly and kid-focused. It’s very close to our mission of serving kids and it’s the best day of the year for us.”

Participants were encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero for the event, proceeds from which go to CASA of Allegheny County. Nearly 1,500 people were in attendance Saturday.

“There are actually races all across the country, in more than 30 cities, and this is the second largest race in the United States,” said Protzek.

Since 2010, runners have helped CASA of Allegheny County raise $70,000. It takes $1,000 to advocate for one child in Allegheny County.