CASA Super Hero Fun Run/Walk – Lexington, KY – September 8th, 2018
My wife and I did our first 5K run/walk on Saturday and the experience was nothing short of amazing…from registering to making it to our car just before the down pour started- everything was perfect.
Doing an “official 5K” has always been on my bucket list but I always failed to actually sign up for it because, while I wanted to do one, it didn’t really seem possible. I decided that I was going to make 2018 a life changing year so I signed up for the CASA Super Hero 5K and decided to do it-regardless. Regardless of my weight (now down 120 lbs since 01.01.2018), how I felt or even the weather.
I had no intentions of winning it but I did have a few goals-
1. Finish within 1 hour
2. Not be last
I met both of those goals by finishing in 58 mins 48 seconds and coming in 191st out of 260 participants- I call that a huge success.
I was not ready for how much I was going to enjoy the event- the old me would have looked at walking a 5K as torture but the new me embraced it and fell in love.
There were kids everywhere and the event was organized very well and the folks at CASA were very helpful with every question and issue I hit them with. The other participants were cheering each other on and volunteers were spread out with water and high fives.
There were people dressed up as everything you can thing of but also professional cosplayers dressed as people like Captain America and Wonder Woman there at the finish line of both the kids 1K and the adults 5K and it was amazing to see those kids cross their finish line and have those superheroes congratulating them….nothing wrong with some of the folks being dressed up but those folks looked like the real thing!
It was just an amazing thing to see so many people being friendly and supporting each other and knowing that we all actually paid to do it by donating to a great organization.
I didn’t realize it but this year’s walk was the first time they actually put two walks together- they combined the Super Hero 5K with the “A Walk To Remember 5K” (in celebration of those lost in the attacks on 9/11) and it makes complete sense since those folks were true superheroes. They had a table set up with badges of all the people who gave their life that day and you had the option to pick up one (or not) and walk in remembrance of that person. The person I just happen to pick up was Michael E. Roberts so I decided to research him and learn a little about him.
His name was Michael Edward Roberts and he was a 31 year old firefighter with the City of New York Fire Department from Engine 214. He wanted to become a firefighter since he was a young boy and practically grew up in a firehouse in Brooklyn- his father and uncle were both firefighters before him.
He is quoted on www.firehero.org as telling his mother – “Ma, don’t worry. I’m going to be a hero and I’m not going to die.” However, he died helping others on 09/11/2001 and he was a correct- he continues to be a hero.
It was an honor to walk in remembrance of him (and I will continue doing so with each Super Hero 5K I complete).
The experience was incredible and not only are we planning to do a 5K each month, I can’t wait until next year when I do my 2ndCASA Super Hero 5K. I’ve used our number bib and some other stuff to make a cool collage that will be hanging on my wall to celebrate and I do plan to wear Mr. Roberts badge next year as well as picking up another hero to remember.
Huge thanks to everyone who volunteered to make this as great as it was- to all of the walkers who supported each other and to the folks that donated all of the toys, prizes and their time.
It’s another thing I wish it hadn’t taken me 40 years to discover but now that I have- it’s going to be a part of my life.
Love, Peace and Sharkness