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Runners true heroes in CARE House event

May 5, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. — About 200 runners, some decked out in their favorite super-hero attire, hit the streets around Briggs Elementary School Saturday morning to help raise money to fight child abuse.

This year’s event featured a motorcycle club and Captain America who was on hand at the finish line with high fives and, for a few runners, an escort across the finish line.

Sponsored by the CARE House of the Pee Dee, the Eighth Annual CAPES (Child Abuse Prevention Education Support) for Kids run was a 5K/10K and fun run that serves many purposes — one of which is as a memorial for a Carver Elementary School student who died from child abuse.

“Her teachers decided to do this event in her memory and her honor. Then after a few years the CARE House took it on and it’s a major fundraiser for us and awareness platform for us each year,” said Elizabeth Poston of the CARE House. “We’re so happy to have the community come out and do a fun run, a 5K and a 10K.”

“It’s a wonderful community event and we really appreciate everybody’s support,” Poston said.

For the first couple of years, Megan Johnson was the prime mover behind the event, which was initially called the Carver CAP Run.

The event was started in 2011 by a teacher at Carver after the death of a student at the school who lost her life to physical abuse and neglect.

“It was very hard for me, three years ago when I made the decision to put it in their hands, it was a very hard decision,” Johnson said. “The CARE House has done such a wonderful job of building on what we started and making it bigger and better. It’s just amazing to see the growth it’s made over the past few years.”

This year’s 10K was won by Angel Manuel with a time of 42:24. Brett Martin and Andrew Parker finished second and third in the race. Martina Love was the first female across the finish line with a time of 50:26.

This year’s 5K was won by Kaleb Burroughs with a time of 20:55. Eric Masaitis finished second while Frankie Humphrey finished third. Kaylanna Burroughs was the first female across the finish line with time of 23:42.