Community races For Kids’ Sake


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Joe Gomez, age 55, carries the American flag as he sprints toward the finish line of the Superhero 5K Sept. 25, 2021 in Carbondale, Ill. Gomez finished the race in 33 minutes and 46 seconds as part of team Red, White and Blue. “[The team is] an organization started to create positive vibes through physical activity,” Gomez said.

For Kids’ Sake hosted their annual Superhero 5K this Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Turley Park in Carbondale, Ill. 

This year, racers were also given the option to run virtually. They had from Sept. 17-25 to turn in their race times.  

The director of the program, Shema Ruperto, said she enjoys the program because of its outreach to children. 


“Being able to have such a big impact on those who have little to no resources is really special,” Ruperto said. 

The organization said the registration fee of twenty-five dollars is enough to feed over thirty children in need. 

According to For Kids’ Sake, all of the proceeds from the race go to benefit orphans and students in Bangladesh. 

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