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Superhero 5K Run/Walk: October 28, 2012

Superhero 5K Run/Walk: October 28, 2012

Annual race benefits local charities

  • Posted on: 2 November 2012
  • By: mholbrow

Brian Klein, #3 to finishPhoto, above: Aaron Ladd #151 and Cullen Roberts #7519 came in first and second, with Brian Klein #7505 (photo, left, in orange suit) close behind them in the October 28 Superhero 5K Run/Walk in Cambridge. The three are already ahead; they have gone around Central Square and are headed back along Massachusetts Avenue to Pacific Park. Runners in the background above are going the opposite way because they haven't circled downtown yet. The event is organized by Have2Run Productions of Boston. Everybody involved felt super lucky to miss the onset of Hurricane Sandy, which was already shutting down the city for the following day.

The three fastest runners in Cambridge’s 4th Annual Superhero 5K race on Sunday, October 28 were:
- Aaron Ladd of Lexington, with a total time of 16:49.9 (pace 5:24 per mile)
- Cullen Roberts of Boston, with a time of 16:57.2 (pace 5:27/M)
- Brian Klein of Cambridge, with a time of 17:07.2 (pace 5:30/M)

The three top finishers for women were:
- Natalia Gaerlan of Cambridge, with a time of 18:57.7 (pace 6:06/per mile)
- Amanda Watters of Medford, 19:47.2 (pace 6:22/M)
- Emma Payne of Cambridge, 19:48.7 (pace 6:22/M)

Superhero 5K Race Takes Off: Cambridge, October 28, 2012

“It was a much bigger event this year,” Founder/Director Emma Bagnell of Have2Run said at the party in Pacific Park after the race.  “There were 1,013 entries, which is awesome – more than double the number we had last year. We're really happy about that, and it means we can help our community programs more, too.”

Charitable connections.   The Superhero race has benefitted On The Rise, Inc. of Cambridge since the first of the annual series in 2009. On The Rise, located at 341 Broadway, is a day program for women in Cambridge, Somerville, and Greater Boston who are homeless or in crisis. Open six days a week, the non-profit organization provides a community setting in which the women find safe haven, resources, and supportive relationships that help them confront the challenges of their situation and move on to new possibilities.

This year Have2Run partnered with the Tyler Foundation, a support program for families of children with epilepsy who are being treated at Children's Hospital Boston and UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center. Team Tyler athletes compete in races throughout the year to raise awareness and funds for the foundation.

Costume Competition.   There’s a lot more to this race than being fast on your feet. It’s also a costume contest, with a total of $1500 in cash prizes going to the best get-ups for Male Superhero, Female Superhero; Two-Person Hero/Villain Team; Fantastic Four Team; and Magnificent Seven Team.

#1 Superhero male - "Iron Man" Matt Priaulx.One outfit that got a lot of attention was the massive-looking “Iron Man” created by Matthew Priaulx of Brighton, the winner in the Male Superhero category. He spent weeks putting it together.

“I made it myself, out of foam and glue and spray paint – I like to experiment with materials and costumes,” he said.

#1 Superhero female - "Rainbow Girl" Camille Howell.Other costume winners: Superhero Female: “Rainbow Girl” Camille Howell #66 of Riverside, CA

#1 Hero vs.Villain Team - "Rocket Scientists." Mark Augustyniewicz #717 (l), Marna Kagele (r).Hero vs. Villain: “Rocket Scientists” - Mark Augustyniewicz #717 (left) and Marna Kagele #716 of Kenmore, WA

#1  Fantastic Four team - "Viking Quest." (i.d. omitted - children in photo).Fantastic Four team: "Viking Quest." At right in back: Jameila Haddawi #214; left back: Firas Raouf #215. (Minors' i.d. omitted for privacy.)

#1 Magnificent 7 team  - "X-Men" - Jeff Davis #269  center, red hat; Andrea Love #264, left front kneeling; Danielle Nadeau  #270 (blue face);  Miep Keller #267, right. Bib i.d. numbers not visible - Mary Rhoads, Brian Ricks,  Preston Keller.Magnificent 7 team: "X-Men" - Jeff Davis #269 center, in red hat; Andrea Love #264, left front kneeling; Danielle Nadeau #270 (blue face); Miep Keller #267, right.  Bib i.d. numbers not visible in photo: Mary Rhoads, Brian Ricks, Preston Keller.  Davis, Love, Nadeau, Rhoads, and Ricks are from Cambridge; Miep and Preston Keller are from Arlington.

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Race results are by Cool Running.