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This year marks the seventh annual Superhero Run in support of the Niagara Children’s Centre. After a brief transition to a virtual format for last year’s run due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be returning to an in-person format this year.

The Niagara Children’s Centre is recognized throughout the Niagara Region as the provider of rehabilitation and support services to children and youth with physical, developmental and communicative delays and disabilities. Their core services include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language services, augmentative and alternative communication, family services and therapeutic recreation. Funds from this initiative will be used to ensure these services remain operational and accessible to those who need them in the community.

The Niagara Children’s Centre Superhero Run will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Participants are able to choose between three options for the run: a 1 km fun run/walk, a 2.5 km run/walk or a 5 km run. This year tickets to participate will cost $16.25 for adults and children above the age of two, while admission to the run is free for children under the age of two.

This event aims to bring families together by encouraging runners to dress up as their favourite superheroes, with a common purpose of having fun and raising funds to support the Niagara Children’s Centre. The fundraising goal for this year’s event is set at $75,000. In total, the Superhero Run has raised $321,242 over the past six years to support children and youth throughout Niagara with special needs. 

Though the event is returning to an in-person format, participants are still able to opt for a virtual experience if they prefer. The virtual components of the run were implemented as of last year in accordance with pandemic restrictions and public health recommendations. 

“We know this event is a favourite for the families of our centre and members of the community, while also being a key fundraiser for [us],” said Oksana Fisher, CEO of the Niagara Children’s Centre.  “We wanted to find a way to keep the spirit alive, while respecting the recommendations of our government and health units.”

Participants who would rather do the run remotely are asked to track and post their runs and times on the centre’s social media pages. Event organizers will also be bringing back a number of the virtual family activities introduced last year, including making a superhero badge, Zoom calling a superhero, completing “acts of kindness” bingo, a virtual dance party and more.  

In addition to the run, an online silent auction is also being held to raise funds to support the centre. This year, the centre has set an auction goal of raising $10,000. All interested individuals are able to bid on and purchase items that have been donated to the auction, with 100 per cent of every sale going directly to the Niagara Children’s Centre. While the Superhero Run will only be held for a single day, the online auction will be open until Oct. 5, 2021. 

Individuals who are interested in registering for this year’s Superhero Run are encouraged to click here. To find out more information about the Superhero Run or the work the Niagara Children’s Centre does in the region, visit their website. Bidding is currently open for the online auction for this year’s Superhero Run and can be done by clicking here.