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Photos: Caped Crusaders Take To Cambridge Streets For Superhero 5K Run

Super Friends line up for the start of the race on Sidney Street. (Greg Cook)

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You can sure say one thing about the fifth annual “Superhero 5K Run/Walk” held in Cambridge this morning: There were a lot of folks with underwear on the outside of their pants.

This, of course, is business as usual when you’ve got hundreds of Supermen, Batmen, Wonder Women, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jokers, Sailor Moons and Spider-Men jogging along Albany Street and Massachusetts Avenue in the Have2Run Productions race. A portion of the proceeds goes to On the Rise, a Cambridge day program for homeless, abused and impoverished women.

“Personally I’m not a big comic book person,” admits says Emma Bagnell, the founder and director of the event. But the run, she says, gives serious runners a fun break from training, while also attracting those with other passions. “We have a lot of people who this is their first 5K and they’re running it because they’re serious comic book geeks.”

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The beginning of the race. (Greg Cook)

The beginning of the race. (Greg Cook)

Obi-Wan (?), R2-D2 and  Chewbacca with a stroller Millennium Falcon on Sidney Street. (Greg Cook)

Obi-Wan (?), R2-D2 and Chewbacca with a stroller Millennium Falcon on Sidney Street. (Greg Cook)

Robin and the Joker at the start of the race. (Greg Cook)

Robin and the Joker at the start of the race. (Greg Cook)

Hulk must stretch. Wolverine also gets the kinks out at Pacific Street Park before the race. (Greg Cook)

Hulk must stretch. Wolverine also gets the kinks out at Pacific Street Park before the race. (Greg Cook)

Sidney Street. (Greg Cook)

Sidney Street. (Greg Cook)

Space Ghost. (Greg Cook)

Space Ghost. (Greg Cook)

One super family. (Greg Cook)

One super family. (Greg Cook)

Massachusetts Avenue. (Greg Cook)

Massachusetts Avenue. (Greg Cook)

Supermen run along Massachusetts Avenue. (Greg Cook)

Supermen run along Massachusetts Avenue. (Greg Cook)

Wonder Woman nears the finish line. (Greg Cook)

Wonder Woman nears the finish line. (Greg Cook)

A 1960s-television-style Batgirl approaches the finish. (Greg Cook)

A 1960s-television-style Batgirl approaches the finish. (Greg Cook)

The kids race at Pacific Street Park. (Greg Cook)

The kids race at Pacific Street Park. (Greg Cook)

The kids race at Pacific Street Park. (Greg Cook)

The kids race at Pacific Street Park. (Greg Cook)

A Star Wars gang registers for the costume competition. (Greg Cook)

A Star Wars gang registers for the costume competition. (Greg Cook)

“Last year we ran as Ghostbusters. I was the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man,” says Doug Rooney of Watertown (far left). “I was chasing him,” says Tara Pottebaum (far right). At the end of the race, Rooney’s sister waited with a ring—and Rooney asked Pottebaum to marry him. They arrived to this year’s run in Scooby-Doo costumes—including the couple’s five-month old son Orion as Scooby himself. They’re thinking of getting married next year. (Greg Cook)

“Last year we ran as Ghostbusters. I was the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man,” says Doug Rooney of Watertown (far left). “I was chasing him,” says Tara Pottebaum (far right). At the end of the race, Rooney’s sister waited with a ring—and Rooney asked Pottebaum to marry him. They arrived to this year’s run in Scooby-Doo costumes—including the couple’s five-month old son Orion as Scooby himself. They’re thinking of getting married next year. (Greg Cook)

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