TARAWA TERRACE, N.C. -- Rather than spending Saturday morning on the couch watching their favorite comic book characters on T.V., Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune families became the superheroes during a fun run hosted by the Tarawa Terrace Community Center, June 22.
Runners donned in bright capes and masks battled rain to bolt through the streets of Tarawa Terrace and enjoy a morning with the community.
The event began with superhero stretches, including kicks to knock down the bad guys and flying poses young costumed heroes would use if they could soar through the air.
Families wore costumes of their favorite comic book and movie superheroes, as well as original characters.
Marc and Norene Kleihauer used the event to teach their children about physical fitness, while spending time together as a family, said Norene.
“It’s a fun family activity that brings the family closer, while teaching good principles,” said Marc.
The theme and costumes encouraged the kids get into the spirit of the run, he added.
Gabrielle Parish, a recreation assistant with the Tarawa Terrace Community Center said the run is not only for physical fitness. It is also an opportunity for runners and volunteers to meet other members of Camp Lejeune’s military community and gives them an opportunity to learn about other events held at the community center.
Many families participate in the monthly fun runs held by the community center. Each run has a different theme including next month’s Firework Dash in honor of Independence Day. The runs also bring awareness, such as April’s Autism Awareness Run.
Participants are encouraged to run, walk, push strollers or ride bikes during the event. While themed attire is encouraged, it is not a requirement.
The runs range from one to three miles. Each run includes a 3-mile option. Frequent runners receive prizes for participating in the events.
Medical professionals are on hand in case of emergencies and volunteers can assist runners throughout the run.
While runners in the Superhero Run wore the bright costumes of comic book heroes, Parish said the run is a fun way to celebrate the heroes who live within the military community.
Next month’s 2-mile Fireworks Dash is scheduled for July 20 at 8 a.m. For more information call 450-1687 or visit mccslejeune.com/community.