Race profile: Run, walk or fly to the Superpower 5K

Unique event teams up with Fan Expo Canada for a seriously fun run in Toronto

When was the last time runners had the opportunity to toe the start line alongside Batman, Iron Man and Harley Quinn? Or picked up the pace towards the finish line while being urged forward by a line of Stormtroopers. Who even knew Stormtroopers were allowed to cheer? For these reasons and many more, the SuperPower 5K is unlike any other race, and it happens Aug. 25.

Last August, the event was held for the first time, in partnership with Fan Expo Canada — a massive four-day festival in downtown Toronto dedicated to all things related to comic and pop culture. The race encourages participants to embrace their inner fangirl or fanboy and dress in their favourite comic hero costumes for a run around scenic Toronto Island.

“It’s about getting active but it’s also a chance to embrace your inner superhero, villain or any character you’d like to dress up as,” says race organizer Lindsay Van Gyn. “While many get to the finish line as fast as possible, for most it is about sharing a unique moment where you can express yourself, get your heart pumping and be in the company of like-minded people.”

Looking for that perfect event to run with the entire family or perhaps a relaxed, fun race to wind down from the competition season and rekindled a passion for running, the SuperPower 5K could be the answer.

“This event is an opportunity to finish the summer with your family and friends and not take yourself too seriously,” says Van Gyn, who is expecting close to 1,500 runners this year. “A lot of elite runners will be finishing their race calendar or in training for the fall and the SuperPower 5K can offer them a chance to let down their competitive guard and get a little silly. This is a race for everyone.”

The race location is second to none in the Greater Toronto Area taking full advantage of one of the city’s true natural gems in the Toronto Islands.

“The route takes participants through many of the attractions the island has to offer, including its popular beaches, parkland, and, of course, offers an incredible view of the Toronto skyline,” says race organizer Matthew Boyle. “The race is a fantastical escape from the hustle of city life.”

Fan Expo Canada has been a fixture in the city for the past 25 years. It includes a massive convention and brings in an incredible array of guests and speakers such as Jason Mamoa (Aquaman), Zachary Levi (Shazam) and many more.  As the event expands to a city-wide festival the hope is that the SuperPower 5K becomes a “must-attend event in the city,” while also raising funds for the SickKids Foundation’s SickKids Vs Limits campaign.

“Fandom and fitness don’t stand that far apart as both industries are rooted in passion,” says Gilbert Estephan, Fan Expo Canada’s senior show manager. “The success of pop culture conventions is driven by the passion of the fans, the promoters, the key partners and the entire community. Fitness and sports also have a similar level of fandom and an ability to unify people with shared interests.”

Race participants received an exclusive moisture-wicking shirt, medal, round-trip ferry ticket to the islands, exclusive collectables such as DC Comics L’il Bombshells and a post-race celebration. There are even demos on how to catch a golden snitch from the folks at Quidditch Canada.

“The SuperPower 5K is a unique all-ages event that will pique the interest of new fans and encourage them to participate while also offering our die-hard fans a new and exciting way to celebrate fandom,” says Estephan.

Registration for the race is now open and a discounted rate is on offer until June 15. Do not miss this one.




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