Superheroes run for neglected and abused children

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Superheroes hit the pavement Saturday morning to run for a worthy cause.

Participants dressed in superhero t-shirts, printed socks, and tutus ran and walked to raise money and awareness for Advocates for Children, Inc., Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.

Guardian Ad Litems advocate for neglected and abused children.

The race benefits children of Bay, Washington, Holmes, Gulf, Calhoun and Jackson counties. This was the event's inaugural year.

"It feels very rewarding to come out and be able to run even to put the miles down to benefit such a worthy cause is very rewarding and is getting great exercise at the same time," said Carrie Brooks, President of Emerald Coast Junior Woman's Club.

Fred Hapner, the Circuit Director for the Guardian Ad Litem program said he thinks more than 100 people came out to participate Saturday morning.

"It's a superhero theme, so really, they're all superheroes in our eyes," Hapner said.

After the race, participants made their way over to the Hermit Crab Festival in Porter Park.

Margo Anderson, the City of Lynn Haven Mayor, came up with the idea.

"I had seen a fiddler crab festival down south traveling and thought it would work here, and my two granddaughters are infatuated with hermit crabs so it was just kinda a perfect fit," Mayor Anderson said.

Visitors enjoyed live music, craft booths, a sand sculpture, and even hermit crab races.