Superhero Race draws runners of all ages to help alleviate homelessness

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – The seventh-annual Superhero Race – benefiting Family Promise of Greater Roanoke – saw an excellent turnout Saturday morning of runners both young and old.

Many showed off their best costumes, ahead of day two of GO Fest, all to help families experiencing homelessness.

Adults and older children took on the whole 5K, with younger runners dashing through the Little Heroes race.

“It’s super. We would like to see it grow! It should grow and we should help more families- to help more families in the area. There are not many better causes than that,” said runner Alan Lovell, whose family was one of a number of super-families to take on the course.

His son, Nathan, explained his choice to compete as Spiderman.

“Because it was, like, my best costume that I had,” he said.

The event is in cooperation with the nearby GO Fest, giving everyone yet another way to stay active and take advantage of Virginia’s outdoor opportunities.

Videos from the second day of GO Fest

“It’s a beautiful day, it’s a fun way to start the go fest weekend. We finished the race and go fest starts – it’s a great way to be out and doing fun stuff in roanoke,” said runner Carrie O’Keeffe.

Awards went to best costumes and – of course – top runners in each age group, with one of the two grand prizes reserved for the day’s overall champion, who completed the whole 3.1 miles in just over 18 minutes.

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