It’s time for another reminder about our upcoming Superhero Run! This time we’ve had a Q&A session with one of the premier planners for the event, Keli Boatman.
Q: When is the race?
A: This year’s race is on November 15th. We know that November is a busy run month with the Jenks half marathon and everything so we really appreciate those of you that are coming out on the 15th!
Q: How early should participants arrive?
A: The 5K race starts at 8:30 AM so participants should try and be there about 7:45 or 8 that morning. Runners for the 1K, which starts at 9:30, should shoot for about 9. This should allow time for you to get parked and over with us and maybe even shop some of tables we have before you run! We will be doing the “make your own cape” table again, so if you plan on doing that, get there early to plan for that fun stop!
Q: Is it okay to walk instead of run?
A: Walking is most certainly allowed! We just want to see all your super faces out with us. All we ask is that when we line up for the race that you hang to the back of the group. This allows the runners that are seeking a serious time to move to the front and set the new personal best at the Superhero Run! Similarly, we do allow strollers, but please single width only, and we ask you to also stick to the back at the starting line to allow those runners to pass.
Q: What kind of volunteers are needed?
A: Our volunteers are definitely the staple that holds this run together. We could never have had such a successful race last year without them. That being said, we are so blessed to have Melinda Hunley as our volunteeer coordinator. She does an incredible job working with our volunteers and making sure they’re in a spot that keeps everything moving smoothly. If you would rather volunteer than run this year, her email address is email@example.com and she would love to find you a spot!
Q: What will the t-shirt design look like this year?
A: This year we are very excited to announce that the run shirts will have long sleeves! We got a lot of feedback that a long sleeve t-shirt would be preferred so this year, we answered! The design itself will be very similar with the logo on the front, and our amazing sponsors on the back!
Q: How can readers help get the word out?
A: Yes! Please help us spread the word. We have redesigned the team registration this year to make it so much easier for you to create your team. Be it a company, church, or family, make a team and recruit like crazy! We have prizes for the biggest! We also have flyers that you can pick up and distribute in your office, church, gym, etc. Last year, surveys reported that our biggest source of advertising was word of mouth. You are our biggest asset! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get flyers for distribution.
Q: Where do we register and what is the deadline?
A: Registration is open at superherocpo.eventbrite.com! From there you can register as an individual or as a team and get all ready to go! Be sure you get registered ASAP to get your t-shirt ordered. There is no deadline, we will be accepting registrations right up to race day, but the only way you’re guaranteed a shirt is if you’re registered by November 12th.
Q: Are there prizes?
A: Another change we have coming for you this year is medals for 1, 2, & 3 place runners in several different age categories. We will definitely have those prizes again for the best costumes and the biggest teams! We had so much fun with those fantastic masks, tutus, and of course the occasional cape! We will also be doing giveaways and prizes on our Facebook page leading up the event so be sure to go “like” the Superhero Run event page right here!
Q: Is there anything else you want us to know about the run?
A: I just want to thank you all for such an incredible race last year. I have the opportunity to plan this event with a great committee that is working very hard for you all. I’d like to thank Melinda Hunley again for coordinating some incredible volunteers, Manny Rios for keeping our Facebook page looking great and making sure we’re on every online event calendar. In addition, thank you to Mat Callegari for all of his help keeping track of the accounting side of the run, Ellie Nicholson for the work she’s putting into planning an incredible day for our Superhero Birth Moms and for Ed and Marilyn Guthmann for their hard work coordinating registration. I’m truly blessed to work with such an amazing committee. Please join us on race day to show your love, support, and encouragement to the incredible moms that CPO has touched!
Many thanks to Keli Boatman for orchestrating this very special event, and for taking the time to talk to us today! Hope to see you at the run!