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PHOTOS: Weekend event in Salem raises money to help kids

There were costumes aplenty for the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

They dressed as superheroes or just put on their running outfits and called it good.

They came in teams of family members, of colleagues at work, and of informal collections intent on helping and having fun.

The annual superheroes runs got underway Saturday, June 18, at Riverfront Park in Salem. There were 5K and 10K runs but also a family-oriented one-mile fun run.

Money from the event goes to CASA of Marion County, which provides support for abused and neglected children, representing them in court proceedings.

Judi, Beth and Bodhy VanWyngarden assumed the identities of cheerleaders for the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Gabe and Rick Brown assumed the identities of Bikers Against Chlid Abuse for the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Runners prepare to start the 10K superhero run on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Kelly Tofflemire of Ontario, Canada, joins in the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Laura Herman participates in the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

A team from the Salem YMCA participates in the 5K superhero run on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

There were costumes aplenty for the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

There were costumes aplenty for the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Runners and others participated in the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Runners and others participated in the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Runners and others participated in the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Cordawna House and Laurie Rumetsch help at the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Robert Sorensen and Jennifer Hansen along with dogs Cooper and Mr. Wiggles participated in the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

A runner makes time in the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

A family team participated in the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

They called themselves the Stix Bikers Againsat Child Abuse while participating in the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Robert Sorensen and a buddy participate in the annual superhero runs on Saturday, June 18, in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The event supported CASA of Marion County. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

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