From batman to superman, super heroes from all across Texoma gathered Saturday morning in Wichita Falls to participate in the very first Hero Dash. The event was hosted by the Wichita Falls YMCA and the Texas Army National Guard.
"We're 100% partners. The great thing about the military especially here in Wichita Falls is that they are strongly rooted in our community and this is their way of giving back" said Laci Edwards, YMCA Special Events Fitness Coordinator.
"We figured we can team up with the YMCA and all the proceeds can go to a charity of their choice and we can help the community and get something fun going and brighten the community together" said Sergeant Lucianna Becerra of the Texas Army National Guard.
Both organizations only had 7 weeks to plan this event and were only expecting about 50 runners to show up. However, despite the event coming together last minute, it was a huge turnout with over 150 participants.
Heroes tackled the 5K run and an obstacle course that included a gladiator event and mud crawl. Participation fee was $20 and proceeds will go straight back into the community.
"Part of it is going to benefit Partners With Youth, which of course means no child is ever turned away from a sports activity. Also, there will be parts of it to help benefit our aerobics department" said Edwards.
Whether it's for fun or for a good case, some participants were there to run in honor of their own family hero. With such a great turnout, Edwards expects it to be filled with more obstacles and a time run next year.
"I have a whole year to plan so there's going to be a lot more to come" she said.
The Texas Army National Guard agrees. "Absolutely bigger and better. Bigger and better for sure" said Becerra.
The Hero Dash was open to all ages and participants were treated to a free healthy lunch after the event.