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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Superheroes bounded through the streets of Ohio City on Sunday, raising money for Breakthrough Schools; nine Cleveland non-profit charter schools ranked as the highest-performing in the state.
Running as the “Defenders of Education,” nearly 200 people paid the $25 registration fee and ran the first annual “Breakthrough Schools Superhero Flyby 5k, many dressed in red, white or blue satin capes sewn by volunteer Allison Grampa for the event. Some sleepy-eyed residents coming out to grab their morning paper were amused by the assortment of Supermen, Wonderwomen and Spidermen padding by their front doors.
Young Professionals of Cleveland adopted Breakthrough as their mission this year, and they brainstormed a fun way to raise public awareness of the showcase schools and to raise money for programs there. They came up with the pre-Halloween costumed superhero road race, all done through volunteer efforts and sponsorship by Key Bank and JoAnn Fabric.
John Zitzner, president at Friends of Breakthrough Schools, got the crowd energized before the 5k race.
“These schools are ranked number one in the state of Ohio,” he said, standing atop a table in the Near West Intergenerational School gym. “We are gonna change the whole country, and it’s starting right here with this group of people,” he said, drawing whoops and applause.
Jan Tulley fastened her red satin cape with a safety pin and tugged at the strings of her knitted Batman hat before heading to the starting line. The city of Macedonia council representative drove in from the Akron suburb and didn’t worry much about the early morning chill. This three mile run was going to go by in a flash; she is training to run the New York City marathon on November 3. Asked why she bothered with such a short race, she didn’t hesitate.
“I’m here for the kids,” she said. “Anything for the kids.”
Source: Cleveland.com – by Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer