Superhero Run

Superhero Run

5K, 1 Mile Run



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5K, 1 Mile Run


Sat, October 24, 2020 @ 8:00am


11831 Retail Drive
Wake Forest, NC 27587


Why The Superhero Run?

How many opportunities do you get to run around as your favorite superhero?!

For the sixth year, friends, family members, runners and walkers will come together to support two local families who know firsthand how challenging rare diseases can be for a family. Come join them in Wake Forest to raise awareness for Viral Myocarditis and Friedreich’s Ataxia to help find a cure or effective treatment so others do not have to endure the same hardships. (See the Beneficiaries page for more information.)

The families are focused on making the day festive and fun, and want everyone to enjoy this Superhero Run while dressed as their favorite character. Come out and feel like a child again as you become Superman, Wonder Woman or maybe the Incredible Hulk while running through a quiet Wake Forest neighborhood.

Join us Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 (start time 8:00am)

The event is stroller-friendly and pet-friendly (dogs on leashes) so don't worry about getting a babysitter or dogsitter. We don't want anyone in the family left behind! 

Race Day Schedule

The 6th annual Superhero Run is Saturday, October 24, 2020 with festivities from 7am-10am. There will be three on-site events, as well as a virtual race.
  • 8:00am: 3.1mile chip-timed run/walk
  • 8:05am 1 mile run/walk (untimed)
  • 9:05am: FREE Heroes-in-training 25meter dash for runners 5 & under 
  • 9:20am: Awards
By including the virtual 5K we invite friends, family, and others in our national community who want to help our causes but can’t be here to run.

Course Description

Runners begin in front of Run-n-Tri Outfitters, run behind the building and up to Retail Drive. Continue on Retail Drive to Warmoven and proceed through the Crenshaw Hall neighborhood to the turnaround.
See the map here.

The 1 Mile is for runners and walkers who want a shorter course, but still want to show off their superpowers. 

The 5K is USATF certified and sanctioned, therefore bicycles, tricycles, skates, boards, or scooters are not allowed.



Top three overall male and female winners. 
Top three overall male and female masters.

The top three male and female athletes in each age of the following age groups will also receive awards. 8 and under; 9-11; 12-14; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+

Finishers Medals

All registered 5k participants will be greeted at the finish line with a 2020 Superhero Run medal! Watch here for the 2020 version.

Costume Contest

Starting in 2015, we featured a particular superhero: in 2015 it was Superman, 2016 it was The Hulk, and in 2017 it was The Incredibles. In 2018, Sam Hopper's family decided to let the runners choose their favorite superhero figure. Since so many superheroes have become popular, we think it will be so much more fun to see what everyone comes up with this year.

The costume contest will be judged by someone other than the Race Director - it could be a randomly selected runner - with prizes for the winners.  Anyone who comes dressed as a superhero is included in the contest!

Race Day Pajama Drive

NEW Pajamas: Sam Hopper loved pajama day at school! His sweet family collects pajamas each year on his birthday and donates them to children in Wake County who need new PJs. Any size of new, packaged pajamas can be donated. Please grab some next time you are at the store to clothe a local child at night.

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