CASA Superhero run a success


Posted 11/11/17

CASA of Bradley and Polk Counties hosted its first Superhero 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun

Festival at Greenway Park Nov. 4. It successfully raised over $12,000. The morning began with …

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CASA Superhero run a success


CASA of Bradley and Polk Counties hosted its first Superhero 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Festival at Greenway Park Nov. 4. It successfully raised over $12,000. 

The morning began with more than 160 participants who joined in the Superhero 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk. Before the run/walk, the National Anthem was performed by the Polk County High School choir, and participants warmed-up with “Jazzercise” instructed by Megan Ownbey (Body by Hannah).

Kalab Coffel with Flash Fitness, came in with the largest team along with Park View Elementary following right behind.

 Lucas Finnell came in first place; Trevor Mullikin was second place; and Caleb Waters third place. For all other results go to

Following the race, the Family Fun Festival hosted local businesses and nonprofits in the area with booths and engaging activities for children. There were bounce houses, animals, special appearances by Cleveland Fire Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Department, food trucks, and live music provided by Ben Strawn, followed by headliner Monday Night Social.

Sponsors were Amazon, Elliott’s Boots, Cooke's Food Store, Panera Bread, Planet Fitness, Simply Chic Boutique, First Baptist Church, The Law Firm of J. Allen Murphy, Jr., Ralph Buckner Funeral Home & Crematory, Thrivent Financial, Drive Forward Solutions, Check Into Cash, and The River Maze.

The Superhero 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Festival in memory of Melisha Gibson was meant to celebrate CASA’s special advocates as everyday heroes and raise awareness of children.

CASA of Bradley and Polk Counties is a nonprofit that works with local volunteers to make sure the voices of abused and neglected children are heard. CASA volunteers are everyday residents appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have an unstable home situation. These volunteers speak on behalf of an otherwise voiceless child and represent their best interests in court.

For more information about CASA or the agency’s advocacy program, contact Chris Janetzko at  


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