The SuperKid 5K/1K run, will take place on Saturday, September 16, in Moncus Park will serve as a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network and offer a day of generous family fun for families in Acadiana to enjoy.
The race will be held in parallel with the Farmers Market at Moncus Park and will be hosted by Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc., the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Phi Mu chapter and The Little Gym of Lafayette.
Jason O’Neal, 34-year-old District Manager of Louisiana for Loves Travel Stops and Country Stores, is proud to serve as the Race Administrator for the event because of the deep personal connection he has with CMN.
“I have twin girls that just started kindergarten here in Lafayette, but after they were born, within minutes their lungs collapsed,” said O’Neal. “For six weeks, we spent 24 hours a day praying and watching a CMN hospital save our girls’ lives. While we were not in the full CMN program, during those six weeks we saw how they cared for so many families, regardless of their ability to pay. We made so many close connections with those families and learned first-hand how impactful this charity can be.”
Although the event is a national charity run, all proceeds will stay in Louisiana.
“Every single penny raised from the event, from entries, to donors, to food and drinks and any other purchases you make will go directly to CMN,” said O’Neal. “There are no admin fees, payroll expenses or any other ‘off the top monies’ being used. We are 100 percent volunteer, and we are keeping all proceeds right here in Louisiana.”
Kids of all ages are encouraged to participate in the race and those who do will receive a half price race entry of $15.
“We would love for kids to get involved, even disabled children, or those who can only walk at a slower pace,” said O’Neal. “Their race entry allows them to run, walk or wheel in a SuperKid 40-yard dash, and everyone gets a finishing ribbon. They can also run in the bigger 5K race, or if they can’t do the whole 5K, we have a 1-mile race built in so they don’t have to miss the post-run celebration.”
Race participants are encouraged to dress like superheroes and there will be a contest for both kids and adults.
During the race, the top five kids and top five adult costumes will be chosen by the judges, and there will also be a few prizes for the crowd favorites.
For those who can’t make the race, but would like to donate towards CMN, they can visit the website to purchase a care package that will be delivered by a team of superheroes to light up faces of children receiving care at CMN.
Donors can designate that they are purchasing a care package by adding Care Package to the notes section of the payment screen, and all donors can receive a 501c3 tax receipt upon request.
Every runner will receive a race t-shirt, CMN wrist band, choice between free sunglasses or a headband and a running bib, and prizes will be given to the fastest 5K superheroes.
New Cupid of Lafayette and other local musicians will be playing music from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be food and drinks for purchase, family games, face painting and dozens of superheroes posing for pictures.
The cost of registration for adult runners is $30 and a team discount of $20 per person will be given to groups of runners with ten people or more.
The SuperKid Dash will kick off at 9 a.m. and the 5K/1K race will start at 9:30 a.m.
Early race packet pickup will take place Friday, Sept. 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moncus Park and day of packet pickup will take place Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
For more information about the event, visit superkidrun.com.