Capes and tights aren’t required, but they are recommended for the Heroes for Hope 5k race taking place in downtown Conway Saturday, April 19.

The theme of the event is, "All kids need a hero. Abused kids need a superhero."

The race, with a 5k,10k and a 1k for kids, benefits Children’s Advocacy Alliance of North Central Arkansas.

The alliance between Court Appointed Special Advocates and Central Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center is a side-by-side coordination to ease and guide the treatment and support for child victims of abuse and neglect, from the initial investigation of abuse to the child’s placement tin a safe, permanent home.

CASA serves abused and neglected children in Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties, providing a voice in court on behalf of the children who might otherwise have no voice in the matter of their placement in a safe home.

CASA volunteers are the "eyes and ears" for judges presiding over cases of child abuse and neglect, while their duty is to express the child’s wishes and needs in court. The superhero race is open to runners, walkers, families and corporate teams. The races begin and end at Simon Park.

Immediately following the parade will be the Children’s Music Festival, featuring Faulkner County choirs, dance teams, baton twirlers, gymnasts and cheerleaders.

Simon Park will be full of activities for kids, including a bounce house, face painting, arts and crafts, games and food and beverages.

For race registration, visit