One of Jennifer Kaylor’s friends adopted a little girl from the Texas Baptist Home for Children, not long ago.

That’s why Kaylor, a Greenville resident, decided to run the Super Hero 5K  on Saturday morning at Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie. Runners, some dressed as superheroes, helped raise money for post-adoption services ministry, which offers resources to families after they have adopted such as counseling, education support and individual and group counseling. Kaylor finished first in her running division.

The route featured signs along the way, featuring different facts about adoption and the race was for a great cause, Kaylor said. Kaylor didn’t dress up as a superhero, but said she liked the theme.

“The superhero theme is fun for the kids,” she said. “Everybody gets to enjoy it and it makes it not about the race, but about having fun with each other.”

For runner Brad Beimler, the race was a reminder of previous 5K’s he’s ran. He said he attended Waxahachie High School and was a runner on the cross-country team there as well as Southern Assemblies of God University. Now, he said he’s a personal trainer at Temple Health and Fitness in Waxahachie and running has become his hobby.

“I think it’s a great cause,” he said. “A lot of people are going to go out and run anyway on a Saturday, so why not do something that’s going to benefit someone, you know?”

He was surprised by the superhero costumes, he said. He didn’t expect to see many, he said.

“A lot of people come in that aren’t runners and are doing this for the first time,” he said. “It can be a little intimidating. So when you come out here, and you’ve got people dressed up, and they’re not taking the race as serious as some of the others are, it kind of creates a friendly environment for those who are new to the running scene.”

Beilmer was the first runner to cross the finish.

Eddie Marsh, president of the home for children, dressed as Whataburger Man to thank Whataburger for supplying breakfast that morning, he said.

“The turn out looked really, really good,” he said. “Our agency really appreciates the community involvement in so many things we do, especially this.”

Runners paid either $25 to pre-register for the race or $30 before the event. The total amount raised wasn’t available by press time.