Superheroes of Service

By Michael Zogg, The Del Norte Triplicate, @DNTripSports

The first-ever CASA Superhero Fun Run/Walk drew dozens of beings of incredible power to the Marine Mammal Center for both the Kid Run and the adult 5K on Saturday morning.

Everyone from Batman to Superman and the Hulk showed up in support of CASA Del Norte to help honor the CASA advocates and raise money for the organization, which advocates for children caught in the middle of custody battles or other court cases.

Sharon Tedsen participated in the kid run with grandkids Patrick Reneau, 4, and Gabriel Reneau, 2. Her son Erik Tedsen ran in the 5K.

"This is wonderful," Tedsen said. "It gets the community out to support a good cause and the kids are so excited about it. I think it should be an annual thing. Maybe next year with more publicity we can get more people down here."

All of the kids who participated in the event and received a medal for their efforts. Sixteen-year-old Javell Cooksey won the 5K.

"We are just out here running for the kids," Cooksey said. "It is for a good cause. This is my first time running for something. I just wanted to try it out."

Although it was Cooksey's first long-distance race, he was able to run the fastest time of the day, thanks to some advice from his family.

"I was getting tired, but I just kept trying to go," Cooksey said. "My cousins used to tell me that it is just your mind playing tricks on you - you aren't really tired. So I just tried to keep going."

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