It’s not too late to be a superhero for vulnerable kids in their battle against cancer with the Candlelighters Superhero 5K presented by Centennial Toyota.
This annual fundraiser for the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada is going to be held on September 18 as it returns to Exploration Peak Park at Mountain’s Edge for the live event but also offers a virtual component. Arrival by 7 a.m. on event day is recommended, followed by the warmup at 7:15 a.m., opening ceremonies at 7:30 a.m., race at 8 a.m. and booths until 10 a.m.
With the race and walk event there are other festivities for everyone to enjoy. There are food options, and a Kids Zone with bounce houses. Plus everyday superheroes in costume and a beer garden provided by Ellis Island hotel-casino for those 21 and older.
To walk or run the Superhero 5K force, people can get family, friends and co-workers to form a team or individually to run or walk throughout Mountain’s Edge. The starting and ending point is the park at 9700 S. Buffalo Drive. Registration comes with a cape, while supplies last.
For the virtual component, participants can reach their goal by walking or running anywhere at any time starting Sept. 13. All participants will receive a race bib, cape and medal.
There are prizes for different fundraising levels. Individuals raising $1,000 or more and teams raising $2,000 or more by Sept. 16 receive VIP Lounge access, which includes a catered breakfast, Wi-Fi, phone chargers, seating and shade.
Participation costs are $35 for age 10 and older, $15 for ages 3 to 9, and free under age 3 and for Candlelighters families. Well-behaved, leashed pets in pet-friendly costumes are welcome for $15 each. Packet pickup is Sept. 13 during regular office hours with extended hours on Sept. 16 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Candlelighters office, 8990 Spanish Ridge Ave., Ste. 100.
The Superhero 5K honors two ambassadors chosen by Candlelighters for their spirit, courage, and bravery in dealing with their cancer. This year’s Angel Ambassador is Gavin Kilcullen, who was 15 years old when he died. The Superhero Ambassador is 6-year-old Elias Dias, who continues battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the Superhero 5K is the nonprofit Candlelighters largest fundraiser.
With presenting sponsor Centennial Toyota, other major sponsors are The Revolution FMO, Take 5 to Care (Fox 5) and Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada. Other event sponsors are Blue Apple Electric, Southwest Gas, ER Injury Attorneys, Optum Care, Palm Mortuary, Law Firm of Jeffrey Burr, Stage House, Raising Cane’s and UFC.
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