All kids need a hero, but kids who have been abused need a super hero. That’s the thinking behind the Heroes for Hope marathon fundraiser, held on Saturday at Simon Park and the roads of Conway.

More than 300 runners, many wearing superhero costumes, signed up for the 10 and 5k races, and organizers were hoping that the event raised more than $10,000 for the Children’s Advocacy Alliance of North Central Arkansas and 20th Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children.

CASA relies on volunteers appointed by judges to work with children in abuse or neglect cases, making sure they don’t "fall through the cracks" in often overburdened legal and social services systems and seeing that they end up in safe, permanent homes.

To learn more about the local CASA organization, go to or visit the Children’s Advocacy Alliance’s Facebook page.