A Perfectly Valid Excuse to Run in a Cape As a Grown Adult

Embrace your inner superhero.

Admit it: More than once during a strenuous run, you have felt incredibly super — like superhero-status super. You could’ve sworn you were actually flying along, your cape catching the breeze behind you. But then you feel a bead of sweat drip down your back and you were whisked out of your fantasy. There was no cape, just your soaked grey T-shirt instantly regretted wearing. And BAM: Your superhero daydreams were crushed. BUT good news, dreamers: The 29th annual Run for the Hill of It 5-miler is about to make your superhero dreams come true. For the run, you are actually encouraged to wear a cape (that you design yourself) and embrace your inner superhero, all while helping children in Philly. If that isn’t super, I don’t know what is.

The idea behind wearing a cape is that the run benefits the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project. MCAP is an organization that provides legal services to children in Philadelphia. Since the slogan for MCAP is “Unlock the hero inside every kid,” Chestnut Hill-based running group iRunTheHill is asking that people join their team and make capes to wear during the five-mile run, then donate to a children’s charity afterward.

The run is going down on  July 30th at 8:30 a.m. If you join iRunTheHill’s team, they will be hosting four practice runs and will have cape-decorating parties after each run. These runs will be held on July 7th at 6:30 p.m. (yep: that’s tonight!), July 13th at 5:30 p.m., July 21st at 6:30 p.m. and July 26th at 6:30 p.m and all materials for cape-decorating will be provided. If you want to sign up for the race, you can do so here. To join the iRunTheHill team, just click on their name in the list of teams.

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