The Super Fun Run: A 5K For Heroes

by Aaron Einhorn
Vito Nocero was a community activist, a good friend to many, and a huge fan of superheroes. He wanted to help kids learn to read, and to be happy. He died unexpectedly last year at the far too young age of 26. I didn’t know Vito, but I have a lot of friends in Columbus who did.

Vito’s mother, along with members of the community, organized the first “The Super Fun Run: A 5K For Heroes” this past Saturday in memory of Vito, and to raise money and awareness for Marburn Academy, a school with an emphasis on high-functioning students with ADHD and Dyslexia, which Vito had attended. The members of Heroes Alliance Ohio were only too overjoyed to be able to be a part of the event, and turned out in force with nine heroes present. Marburn is a great school, and one that Christina and I had actually considered for Cordy.

Superman, Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Catwoman, Green Lantern, Doctor Fate, Rogue and Thor were in attendance on behalf of the Heroes Alliance, and were joined there by a visiting Iron Man. We also saw a ton of costumes on the kids there, along with several adults who got in on the fun.

Despite the freezing temperatures, the event was well attended, and a great deal of fun was had by all.

Special thanks to Stephen Blanzaco for photography and out of costume support.

Marburn Academy has been built on the belief that a school program could be designed which would enable bright students with learning differences such as dyslexia and ADHD to attain their full potential in academic, social, and affective development. The goals of Marburn’s school programs are to develop the students’ academic and cognitive skills, to build strong work habits, to teach the values of persistence and courage in overcoming challenges, to build effective social interaction and problem solving patterns, and to strengthen their self-image so they may successfully return to their local schools, prepare for college or other post-secondary schooling, and pursue rewarding careers. To learn more about Marburn Academy, visit their website at:

To find out more about the Heroes Alliance, visit