FLINT, MI – It’s a rivalry like no other.
Marvel vs. DC and the superheroes – and villains – dressed in their best attire for the Superhero 5K Race and 1K Fun Run at Willson Park on the University of Michigan-Flint campus in downtown Flint on Saturday morning, September 18.
Batgirl and Batman. Spider Man. Superman. Black Panther. The Lightning. Wonder woman. Captain America. And, oddly enough, even a hot dog.
The residents of the Flint region presented their favorites with costumes of their choice, and they were of all ages.
The Superhero 5K Race and 1K Fun Run is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Voices for Children Advocacy Center to provide therapy services to children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and human trafficking.
Nyse Holloman, CEO of Voices for Children, said the funds raised through the race will directly support therapy services and case management as well as medical services.
“We’re out here to celebrate the great kids that Voices for Children creates,” said Holloman. “Not only can we dress up and be superheroes to represent the amazing superheroes these kids are, but we can also have fun.”
Proceeds from the event will go directly to children who have been victims of human trafficking, abuse and neglect by providing them hope, help and healing through legal services and free therapy, Holloman said.
The Voices for Children Advocacy Center serves the Flint region and Genesee and Shiawassee counties. The center sees over 3,000 children each year, Holloman said.
Doug Miles, 48, of Grand Blanc, was the first to cross the finish line disguised as Venom from the popular Spiderman comics, also known as the Marvel Universe.
“It was fantastic,” said Miles. âIt was a nice day, nice weather. We were lucky. I’m always just grateful to run in Flint. “
Typically the event has over 2,000 participants, but this year there were around 250 runners and walkers. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual event took place last year instead of a face-to-face event, Holloman said.
MLive was there to document the races. Check out 50 photos from the event in the gallery above. Click here for a direct link to the gallery or to purchase prints.
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