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Superhero 5K boasts capes for a cause

Posted at 10:43 AM, Jun 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-11 10:43:35-04

It was capes and costumes for a cause at Delaware Park on Friday as hundreds of people took part in the Buffalo Superhero 5K. Participants were encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero to help raise money for mental health awareness in Western New York.

Proceeds from the event benefit programs and services at Compeer of Greater Buffalo and the Mental Health Association of Erie County. The Buffalo Superhero 5K is one of a number of races across the nation that use the Superhero theme to call attention to the belief that every child needs a hero, many children need superheroes. 

Organizers say the race is a collaborative effort of providers, families, friends and community members dedicated to reducing stigma and raising funds to support people who are striving for good mental health.   

The Buffalo Superhero 5K is a 30-year tradition. The race originally began as the 'Run for Brain Research' in 1985.