Running to make a change

Runners take off at the start of Woodland Worldwide’s Superhero(ine) Run for a Revolution last year at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls. This year’s run is Oct. 11. –FILE PHOTO

Runners take off at the start of Woodland Worldwide’s Superhero(ine) Run for a Revolution last year at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls. This year’s run is Oct. 11. –FILE PHOTO

BEACON FALLS — Woodland Worldwide’s signature event is ready for another super run.

The Superhero(ine) Run for a Revolution, which includes a 5K and a 2 mile walk, is Oct. 11 at Woodland Regional High School, 135 Back Rimmon Road.

“It’s a great event to come to as an individual, but it’s an even better event to come with your family,” Woodland Worldwide co-advisor Lisa Olivere said.

Woodland Worldwide is a Woodland-based organization with a mission to advance the rights of women and girls within the community and around the world. The organization also focuses on developing leadership skills in students and empowering them to recognize their role in making the world a better place.

The Superhero(ine) Run for a Revolution is the organization’s largest fundraiser. The proceeds will benefit Woodland Worldwide’s scholarship fund and programs. Money raised from the event will also help three nonprofit organizations: the Gimbichu Project, the Malala Fund and Days for Girls.

This year is the run’s sixth year of existence, but the second year Woodland Worldwide has added a super twist.

“Everybody has a hero in their life,” Woodland Worldwide co-advisor Meghan Geary said.

Woodland Worldwide made the change last year as a way for participants to honor the heroes —someone they admire or someone that has overcome adversity — in their lives.

On the day of the run participants can choose between a race T-shirt or a superhero cape to wear. Runners can decorate the cape to honor their hero.

Olivere said the superhero(ine) aspect of the event has become the signature piece of the race, and helps to personalize the experience for runners.

The Superhero(ine) Run for a Revolution starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration packet pickup. The run and walk start at 10 a.m. Advanced registration is $25 for adults and $20 for students ages 12 to 18. Registration is $30 on race day. A $5 coupon is available through Oct. 5 for those who register using the coupon code “hero.” Registration can be done online at www.woodlandforwomenworldwide.org or in person at Woodland.

Geary said the run is a special way for people to connect with the community and support an organization that works to strengthen and empower society’s future leaders.

Olivere echoed those sentiments.

“Everyone has a responsibility to be teachers and educators in our community and we model the behavior we want to see in our students,” Olivere said. “When we talk about contributing to our world and contributing to our community, adults in the community demonstrate that by participating in events like this, and embracing it.”