It's a bird ... it's a plane ... no, it's a superhero running five kilometers to help beat cancer.
Michelle Lisy, a physical-education teacher at Licking Heights Middle School, hopes runners will don capes, masks and even bodysuits to run the Licking Heights Super Hero 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Licking Heights High School on Mink Street.
The event will raise money for Stand Up 2 Cancer.
"Although this is the third year for this race, this is the first year we are using the superhero theme, so I'm not quite sure what the extent of the dressing up will be," Lisy said.
"We will be giving out gift cards to Dick's Sporting Goods for the best costumes. In doing so, we are hoping that people jump on board with our theme."
To help motivate participants to dress up like their favorite masked crusader, $300 in prize money will be available for the best outfits.
In terms of the history of the race, Lisy said, it started small and has grown over the years.
"Three years ago, I started a fitness group here at school called Fit Club, where I would train teachers after school," she said. "We thought that we should have an end-of-the-year culminating event, so I suggested everyone do a 5K. After some additional thoughts, I decided to organize one here at the school."
Lisy said she was watching a Cleveland Indians game and kept seeing the Stand Up 2 Cancer logo. She researched it online.
"After reading about (its) mission, I was really impressed with (its) purpose," she said. "At the time, my dad was undergoing treatment for lung cancer, so I thought I would make the 5K a fundraiser for this great charity.
"The reality is that most everyone knows someone who has cancer; this year, we are determined to call all superheroes to take a stand and fight cancer."
Lisy's father is cancer-free, but she remains motivated to help raise money for the cause.
"The Licking Heights Wellness Committee has jumped on board this year to help with the event," she said.
She said the committee hired Ultimate U Total Health in New Albany to help with the race organization as well as offer a free training program to anyone who signs up for the May 10 race.
More information is available online at lh5k.com.