Superhero 5K Race

Published April 19, 2017 by Heather Otieno in Slider



When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8:30am – 1:00pm
Where: Genesee Park and Playfield (4316 S. Genesee St., Seattle, 98118)
Click HERE to register, or click HERE for a printed registration form.

The third annual Superhero Race will be a 5K walk/run event and is a great opportunity for you, your family, friends, and co-workers to come together for a cause! You can be a part of changing the lives of 60 children and their families in the Rainier Valley this summer, by walking or running, recruiting sponsors, or giving. The registration fee gets us to the starting line, but your fundraising and donations get us to our goal!

In addition to being for a great cause, here’s some great stuff that you won’t want to miss!

  • Dressing up and running as your favorite Superhero!
  • Superhero 5K Race T-shirts!
  • Kids Superhero 1K Fun Run!
  • Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!
  • Post-Race BBQ food and Celebration!

Getting Started with Teams and Fundraising

Teams and Fundraising

To start a team, all you need is to register yourself as the Team Captain and then create a Team Name and team fundraising goal! You do not need to have your team recruited before you register online or via a paper registration form. Please register to get your first choice team name before its taken and you’ll receive access to your personal Fundraising Center where you can personalize your team’s fundraising page with photos and updates on your team! You can email your friends and family with pre-set email templates to join your team or to donate to your team’s fundraising goal. Friends and family are welcome to register on your team once you register as a team captain all the way until the day of the Superhero 5K! If someone registers and then decides to join your team, it’s simple! Just email Herman at to add people to your team or for any help with forming your team.

The Goal

Freedom Schools 2016 Gallery BannerBy participating in the Superhero 5K Race, you can help Urban Impact meet this year’s race goal of $30,000, which will go to our six-week Urban Impact Freedom Schools literacy program for 50 scholars (Grades K-5th) at Rainier Avenue Church. This summer’s program focuses on reading and helping scholars fall in love with learning, all in an effort to prevent summer learning loss for all children in our community. The Freedom Schools program includes a 10:1 student to teacher ratio, three books per scholar to help them start their own home library, weekly field trips, and breakfast and lunch served daily (Monday-Friday). That’s 50 scholars that will directly benefit from your participation in the Superhero 5K Race!

The Impact

Having access to a high quality academic program this summer means that children are improving their literacy and academic skills, not losing them.  It means that they will develop a more positive attitude towards school and learning which leads to improving their learning outcomes throughout the school year. During the summer Freedom Schools program, children also read about real life heroes who made a difference in our world and they learn about their cultural histories in the books selected. The whole family benefits as children gain an understanding of their role in making a difference in their families, communities and their world.

Visit our website to learn more:

The CDF Freedom School® Model 

Rainier Avenue Church has been providing excellent summer programming in the neighborhood for over 20 years. We have adopted the CDF Freedom Schools® model, a curriculum inspired by the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, and seeks to build strong, literate, and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world today. By providing summer and after-school reading enrichment for children who might otherwise not have access to books, the CDF Freedom Schools® model plays a much needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps – and is a key part of Rainier Avenue Church and Urban Impact‘s work to ensure a level playing field for all children.

Click here to learn more about our Freedom Schools Program!



What happens the day of the race?

Here is our race day schedule!
8am – Setup and volunteer training
8:45am – Day-of Registration
9:30am – Kids Fun Run
10:10am – Start of Run
10:15am – Start of Walk
11:30am (approx) – Final walkers cross finish line
11:35am – Award ceremony and BBQ
1pm – 2pm – Clean up

How much is the Superhero 5K Race registration fee?

Early bird rates (through April 29) are $25 per adult walker/runner including one entry to the post-Race Lunch. $20 per adult walker/runner without the entry to the post-Race Lunch. $15 per child (6-14 years old) and $0 registration fee for 5 years old and under. You may also pay $10 for the post-Race Lunch.

Click here to register or click here for a registration form you can print and mail.

How long is the race?

The race is a 5K route, which is approximately 3.1 miles. The Kids Race will be 1K, less than 1 mile. You may choose to walk or run either route. If you are unable to walk or run, you can still register and join us on race day. We are always looking for people to cheer on our runners and walkers.

Is there an option to be timed?

No, but we will have a clock at the start/finish line to allow for you to keep your own individual time.

Does the Superhero 5K Race require fundraising?

You are not required to fundraise, but we strongly encourage all participants to fundraise above the entry fee. Just Imagine the IMPACT – If every Race participant raises just $25 in addition to their registration fee, we would bring in an additional $2,500 to support 50 children attending this summer’s literacy program at Urban Impact!

Click here for a registration form you can print and mail in

How do I sponsor a walker/runner or donate to a team?

You can give directly to Freedom Schools on the Urban Impact website:

Where do I get my race packet?

Each participant will receive a race bib (with a number) and a commemorative Race t-shirt, first come, first serve. You will receive these items when you check in at the Superhero 5K Race Registration/Check-In Table on the morning of Saturday, May 14th.

How do I form a team?

To be considered as an official team, you will need 2 or more registered members by the morning of the Race. You can form a team or join a team online. For more information, contact us at 206-722-2052 or

Is my registration fee tax-deductible?

No, your registration fee helps to cover the costs of producing the Superhero 5K Race and is not considered tax-deductible. However, any amount that you choose to donate above the entry fee is tax-deductible.

Where do I send donations?

You can turn in all donations collected in person on race day (Saturday, 5/20) at the Registration/Check-In Table or mail donations to: Urban Impact at 7728 Rainier Ave South, Seattle WA 98118.

For donations on behalf of an individual participant or a team, please include that information with your check.

Is there a deadline for fundraising?

All donations on your behalf that are received by May 31, 2017 will be credited to your fundraising total.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is ample parking at Genesee Park, where there will be signs directing you to the Registration/Check-In Table and Starting Line. There is no fee to park in the Genesee Park parking lot.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

This is a family friendly event so feel free to bring your strollers! Dogs on leashes are also allowed. We will not have a bag/personal item storage location, so be sure to pack light or be okay with carrying your things.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

No, individual registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Do I have to bring my printed registration to the event?

You just need to present the registered name and a photo I.D. on race day in order to receive an official race bib and t-shirt.

Other questions?

Contact Gar Nishioka.

Everything You Need to Know for Race Day
  • Race Day Schedule
    • 8:45am – Day of Registration & T-shirt Pick-up begins
    • 9:30am – Kids Fun Run
    • 10:10am – Start of 5K Run
    • 10:15am – Start of 5K Walk
    • 11:35am – Post-Race Celebration and Lunch
  • Maps and Parking
    • The Superhero 5K Race is located at Genesee ParkNorth, 4316 S Genesee St, Seattle.
    • There is free parking for the Race at either the main North Parking lot or in the overflow parking in the South Genesee Playfields. There is also free street parking available.
  • Registration, T-shirt Pick-Up – all you need is the registered name and a photo I.D. on race day to receive your race bib and t-shirt.
  • What to Bring
    • This is a family friendly event so feel free to bring your strollers! Dogs on leashes are allowed. We will not have a bag/personal item storage location, so be sure to pack light or be okay with carrying your belongings.
    • We also encourage race participants to bring picnic blankets and chairs to Genesee Park on Saturdayfor the Post-Race Celebration and Lunch.


Don’t forget to share your Superhero 5K Race experience on social media! You can post photos to our Facebook wall, or share via Twitter and Instagram using the #Superhero5K hashtag.

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