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WV Health Right to host Super-Hero Run/Walk

By Clint Thomas, Metro Reporter

You don’t have to leap tall buildings in a single bound to be regarded as a super-hero.

You don’t even have to be faster than a speeding bullet -- just determined enough to undertake a 5K race or a one-mile walk on Saturday, Sept. 9 on Charleston’s East End.

Should you choose, you can dress the part of a super-hero, though -- and possibly win a prize for your apparel.

WV Health Right, at 1520 Washington St., E., in Charleston, will host the Super-Hero 5K Run and One-Mile Walk, starting at 9 a.m. on Sept. 9. The race/walk will begin and end at WV Health Right. The course will commence along Washington Street, turning right onto Ruffner Avenue, right onto Hanford Street, left onto Cart Street and right onto Piedmont Road to the intersection of Piedmont and Sidney Avenue. Runners and walkers then proceed to California Avenue and Kanawha Boulevard and back to the finish line at WV Health Right.

The race/walk is open to all ages -- and leashed canines. The entry fees are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 12 and younger and $10 for dogs.

Each of the top male and female finishers in each age category will be given a trophy. Age divisions are: 12 years old and younger, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus.

Awards will also be presented for best adult super-hero costume, best children’s super-hero costume and best dog super-hero costume.

WV Health Right provides medical, dental, vision, pharmaceutical, behavioral health and health education services to low-income, uninsured and medically underserved adults at no charge. The agency serves more than 18,000 patients throughout south-central West Virginia.

Proceeds from the Super-Hero 5K Run and One-Mile Walk will be directed specifically toward dental care and treatment, including free dentures and partials, for low-income military veterans and toward the purchase of eyeglasses for low-income, uninsured and medically underserved adults.

The event will include a variety of other activities during the morning, such as games, an obstacle course of inflatables, face painting and arts and crafts, among others.

The DC and Marvel universes will also be represented at the run/walk. Super-heroes expected to attend include Batman (with his Batmobile), Batgirl, Spider-Man and Captain America, from Heroes 4 Higher.

“This is our third annual Super-Hero 5K Run and One-Mile Walk,” WV Health Right CEO Dr. Angie Settle said. The past two events have attracted approximately 200 participants each year, she added, “but we want to get the word out there and build it up even more.

“It’s twofold,” Settle said. “It’s for people who just want to come out and help a great event and, for real runners who want to challenge their times, it’s good for them. There’s a fun aspect for people who aren’t professional runners and for those who take it seriously. It’s all by the book.

“It actually does save lives and help people. If we don’t get money from this, we couldn’t afford some of the services we do. It’s also kind of an outreach for people in need in the community, to let them become exposed to what we provide,” Settle said.

Registration forms for the race/walk are available at or at the WV Health Right website,

For more information about the fundraiser or ongoing services, you can also contact WV Health Right at 304-414-5930 (main desk) or 304-414-5916 (business office).


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