Race preview: CASA Champions for Children 6k

Get a little creative with your costume ... but maybe avoid the Halle Berry Catwoman costume. Credit: The Big Bang Theory TV show. Ah, the internet.

Get a little creative with your costume ... but maybe avoid the Halle Berry Catwoman costume. Credit: The Big Bang Theory TV show. Ah, the internet.

If you look for races that benefit a good cause, look no further than the CASA Champions for Children 6k in Eugene on Saturday, May 10th. You entry will support CASA of Lane County. CASA, which stands for "Court Appointed State Advocates," helps children that were neglected or abused. To show how powerful your participation is, each additional $3 donation earns you a red cape, because you are a Superhero to the kids you help. (The capes, made by PowerCapes.com, would also be great to pass on to a little one.

Taking full advantage of the riverbank trails in Eugene, the 6k starts and ends at Skinner Butte Park, crossing over the Willamette at Maurie Jacobs Park over the Defazio Bridge.

There will be one water stop on the course near the halfway point.

Kids can show their support, too, even if they’re not ready for a 6k. There is a free 400 meter run for kids 10 and younger. That distance kicks the event off at 9a. There is also an untimed 2-mile walk, starting with the 6k at 9:15a.

Teams of three or more can compete for the “Best Team Spirit” award – simply pick a team name when you register. I recommend superhero-themed costumes, perhaps with a nod to the Big Bang Theory and go down the Green Lantern path!

[Editor Note: As someone who has experience with the CASA Program in my “real life” job, I have seen many volunteers donate their time towards helping and advocating for kids in the community. I have seen first hand how great CASA work can support children, families, and the community as a whole. A great way to help local foster kids can be by supporting CASA programs, either in Lane County through this race, or in your own local county. – Matt]

Here are the vitals:

When: Saturday, May 10, 2014

What time: The 6k starts at 9:15a

Where: Skinner Butte Park on E. Cheshire Ave

Register: Online here or at the CASA First Giving site for $20 for the race; add the cape for $3 and add a stainless steel bottle for $5. You can also register as a virtual runner for $20. Their goal is 720 sponsors, so please consider signing up!

 

About Kelly Barten (1150 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.
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