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Superhero Dash benefits victims
LIVINGSTON -- For the fifth consecutive year Polk County District Attorney Lee Hon's office will pay tribute to victims of violent crimes by hosting a 5K/10K Run and Children's Fun Run to benefit three agencies that work with these victims. Superhero Dash 2014 will be on Saturday, April 19, and the benefitting agencies are CASA, Children's Haven and SAAFE House of Livingston. The run is held on the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation, where the entire course is paved and the terrain is beautiful. April 19 falls on Easter weekend, so families can spend fun time together with a healthy event to benefit survivors of violent crimes. Besides running those wishing to take part can provide support at this event in other ways. Sponsors who help underwrite the event at a cost of $100 will receive signage on the event course but any other monetary donation is welcome. Runners can participate with only a $15 preregistration fee for the Kid's Fun Run or $25 for the 5K or 10K. The day of the race there is an additional $5 on each fee. On April 19 registration opens at 7:15 a.m. and both the 5K and 10K will begin at 8:00 a.m. followed by the 9 a.m. Kids Run. Participants range from an age four and under class to the 60 and over group and prizes are awarded in each category for male and female participants. Professional chip timing is provided by Run Wild Sports Timing. Online registration is available at http://polkcountyda. wix.com/superherodash# or gametiime.com. A fresh grilled hamburger lunch is served to the runners from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. with an awards ceremony onsite at 10:30 a.m. The beneficiaries CASA, Childrenz Haven and SAAFE House are all crisis intervention agencies that work with victims to help guide them through the very difficult steps that follow different kinds of trauma. They advocate for the client throughout the process including accompaniment to law enforcement, hospitals and courtrooms. All proceeds of Superhero 2014 will benefit these agencies. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. The agency is made up of volunteers who are appointed by a judge to look after the needs of a child in the foster care system, there because his or her home is no longer safe. They focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention they deserve. Childrenz Haven is a Children's Advocacy Center that provides a neutral, non-biased, child friendly approach that facilitates a multidisciplinary approach in the prevention, detection, investigation and treatment of child abuse. They provide a supportive and nurturing environment in which a child victim can interact with the necessary agencies to seek justice. They were established in 2009 in Polk County. SAAFE House is a nonprofit agency that works with both domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their families. They empower victims and their families by providing individualized immediate, free, and confidential services. Since 1992 they have served the Polk County area, conducting outreach services and operating a safe emergency shelter for women and children.