September 13; 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Exploration Peak Park
Reveal your inner superhero at the annual Candlelighters Shine for a Superhero 5K and 1 mile race with Chet Buchanan. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13 at Exploration Park in the Mountain’s Edge master planned community located at 9600 South Buffalo Drive, just south of Blue Diamond Road. All participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero.
“To us, all of our children are superheroes and we want an army of them to show our community how courageous and strong these kids are when dealing with illness and all the associated issues that come with that,” said Kelly Webb, development coordinator for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation.
The race and walk will begin and end at the master plan’s Exploration Park, with the courses weaving through the 3,500-acre best-selling community. In addition, there will be food and refreshments, and activities including raffle prizes, superhero bounce houses, a children’s play area, children’s art, an awards ceremony, booths and exhibitors. Some popular superheroes will be there to meet the children.
Exploration Park sits at the entrance to the master plan and offers a water play area, an outdoor amphitheater and a Western Theme Village park-with-in-a-park to residents and event participants. The 80-acre park’s signature feature is the 2,846-foot-tall Exploration Peak, a fully restored natural mountain park where people can walk, jog and bike to the top on different trails to see panoramic views of the entire Las Vegas Valley.
The Candlelighters Shine for a Superhero 5K helps raise critically needed funds to support those affected by childhood cancer and educate the public regarding the impact cancer has on the many children and families in the community. With this goal in mind, families, friends, businesses and co-workers are encouraged to participate by organizing, joining or donating to a team or race or walk participant. Well-behaved, leashed pets also are welcome.
In 2013, Candlelighters served 526 families through family programs, to help improve quality of life. Programs include summer camp, individual therapy, child life hospital sessions, group therapy, art therapy, No More Chemo parties, Adopt a Family holiday program, Thanksgiving program, 12 Days of Cheer and Day of Remembrance.
Along with emotional assistance, Candlelighters provided more than $155,000 in financial assistance, including medical co-pay assistance, prescription co-pay assistance, mortgage/rental assistance, utility assistance, local transportation, travel for treatment, scholarships and funerals, to more than 225 families facing childhood cancer.
Vendors and sponsors for the Shine for a Superhero event include 8 News Now, The Revolution, Star Nursery, Credit One Bank, All Nevada Insurance, Be the Match – bone marrow drive, Celebrate Kids, Centennial Toyota, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Children’s Specialty Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cupcakes for Cancer, Dunkin Donuts, Fresh and Easy, Make A Wish, Maximum Comics, Mountain’s Edge, Project Imagine, Real Water, Sam’s Club, Smile Generation, Stanley Steemer, Winder Farms, Port of Subs and Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt.
Registration is open online at www.candlelightersnv.org, late registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with the 5K run at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K Walk and 1 Mile stroll beginning at 8:15 a.m.. Other activities will follow.
The event is sponsored by Centennial Toyota, Mountain’s Edge and 8 News Now. For information or registration, visit www.candlelightersnv.org or call (702) 737-1919.