By Sarah Sanchez
Chino – Spider-Man, Captain America, Wonder Woman, and Ironman all joined together to combat villains on Aug. 6 at the Jr. Hero Run.
The run took place at Prado Regional Park, located at 16700 S. Euclid Ave. in Chino. Between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., waves of Jr. Heroes and spectators (their parents or guardians) started on their journey of combating bad guys. Their mission as a hero was to find a fortress and recover
a coin. Along the way, they were asked to shoot villains with their water guns, while battling large water cannons.
“Armed with courage and a water gun of your own, you will overcome great odds in an epic struggle to save the world!”
Once the Jr. Heroes completed their mission and got to the finish line, they turned their coin in and were awarded a medal in the Hall of Justice.
Local residents enjoyed vendors, a great selection of food, music from a local DJ, and photo ops with live action heroes. Spider-Man, Captain America, a Storm trooper, and even a Biker Scout stopped by for pictures! There was also a Hero costume contest at the end of the day.
If a hero didn’t have a costume to wear, local vendors provided the runners with capes, t-shirts, water guns, and other merchandise they could purchase to wear at the event.
Merchandise was suggested to be picked up at the Gear Up event prior to the race day. The Gear Up event was hosted by Tommy Hilfiger and they donated $1 to Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles for every hero that came to the event.
Jr. and adult heroes said they loved the run and had a lot of fun. One group of friends called themselves the Comic Crushers and wore matching t-shirts.
Spider-Man (provided by Strength and Courage Squad) said he had a great time at the event. There was a point where he was mistaken as a villain though, as Jr. Heroes shot their water guns at him in a playful way! But he said he didn’t mind.
“I was so honored to be at this event. I had a great time talking and taking pictures with the mini heroes. As Spider-Man, my goal is to bring smiles to kids’ faces because remember, with great power comes great responsibility!”