Grab your cape and run for a good cause

YC participant Huston, who is blind, heads towards the finish line with help from teen volunteer, Caitlin, at the 2016 Youth Challenge Superhero Dash at Lakewood Park.

Hundreds of runners, walkers and rollers (participants in wheelchairs) will be dressing as their favorite superheroes and helping raise money for young people with physical disabilities at the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 32nd Annual Race Day, in memory of former trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, at Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave., in Lakewood.

The 5K run and 3-Person Relay kick off at 9:15 a.m. and the 1 Mile Walk/Roll starts at 10 a.m. Awards will go to the top three men and women overall and in each age group, as well as the challenged division. Achievement ribbons will go to all 1 Mile finishers. There will be fun for the whole family – superhero costume contest, face painting, Chinese and 50/50 raffles, and post-race refreshments.  

Adult runners and walkers are $25 per person for early registration, $30 on Race Day; 3-Person Relay fee is $75 early registration, $90 on Race Day. Children 18 and under are $10 (pre-registered and same day). Register online at 

The Superhero Dash will raise funds for Youth Challenge, a Westlake nonprofit that provides adapted sports and recreational opportunities to young people with physical disabilities. Trained teen volunteers are paired one-on-one with participants to play sports, make friends and have fun. YC serves children throughout Northeast Ohio and all programs and transportation are offered at no cost to participant families.

Visit or call 440-892-1001 for more details.

Kathy Rigdon

is the Media Specialist for Youth Challenge in Westlake.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.06.2017