A legion of superheroes invaded Coldstream Park in Lexington on Saturday, and they were all there to help.
More than 500 adults, children and even pets participated in the CASA Superhero Run, which raised money to support volunteers who work with abused and neglected children.
CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a non-profit organization that advocates for children who need a voice in court.
Central Kentucky volunteers with CASA worked with 143 children in 2012, but 1,140 more children needed help, according to the organization.
At Saturday's event, superheroes large and small came out in every combination of capes and tights, led by city council member Chuck Ellinger on his bicycle, with a cape, and Mayor Jim Gray, without one.
Jack Jurjans, 7, of Lexington, ran the whole kids' 1K race as Ironman, complete with plastic mask. He was one of the first to cross the finish line.
"He's my favorite superhero in Marvel," Jack said. He came out because "I knew I was really good at running and I love superheroes."
Samiah and Arianna McCurry of Georgetown agreed. "I just really like running, and the cause it was for," said Arianna, 10.
"I run fast, and I like to run fast in a superhero costume," said Samiah, 4, summing up the appeal of the race.
Actors in full costume ran as Batman, Robin, the Flash, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl (minus wings), the Joker and Harley Quinn, who posed with runners after the race.
A whole family of Incredibles — Keith and Carrie Dziki of Nicholasville with their children, Liam, 6, Kellen, 4, and Tessa, 6 months — took home the coveted trophy for Best Group in Costume.
Josh Nadzam, a former University of Kentucky runner who is now a social worker, won the 5K as a "broke recent college grad Spider-Man."
The top female finisher was Batgirl, alias Verinka Barbini, a Lexington police officer.
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