Saturday March 3, the MPS SuperHero Foundation inaugurated their first MPS SuperHero 5K Run/Walk. Participants arrived at the park in the wee hours of the morning to receive their runner’s packet and inauguration t-shirt. A pre-run warm up led by Steven Rodriguez from Herbalife Nutrition was provided for interested participants shortly prior to the run’s start. As the sun rose over the track, dozens of spectators who joined family and friends sipped on fresh coffee brewed by Cool Beans and munched on sweet and savory flavored doughnuts donated by Mojo Donuts.

Children who accompanied their parents and caretakers enjoyed the activities and games at the MPS SuperHero Kids’ Korner. Puzzle Builders provided supervised childcare at no cost and Star Project Kids and Macaroni Kids spent hours doing arts and crafts with children. Other children bounced in the obstacle course bounce house as attendants stood nearby and child-life specialists appealed to children of all changes with a sensory station filled with Orbeez.

Split Second Timing counted down to start the race. The first runner, Andrew Darqui, crossed the finish line at 18:05. Chris Oesch and Robert Leaf finished close behind at 19:35 and 19:52, respectively. Sharon Khalil and Christine Hiler were the top 2 female racers with times of 22:49 and 24:03. The third place female, Melanie Cambridge, finished with a time of 28:49.

Runners posed for a picture before checking out their finish times at the participant registration pavilion. Event attendees indulged in the cooked-to-order shish kabobs and children of all ages created rainbow flavored swirls at the Kona ice truck. As the big red fire truck from the Davie Fire Station approached, everyone jumped for joy. The firefighters gave out hats and coloring books to all the kids and emotions bursts in their hearts as each child took a turn at spraying a target with the fire truck’s fire hose.

The volunteer staff at MPS SuperHero closed down the event with hearts filled with gratitude. The first MPS SuperHero 5k Run/Walk was a success and we thank all the participants and sponsors who helped make it happen.