Wait... was that a superhero I just saw under the bridge?

Wait... was that a superhero I just saw under the bridge?
The first annual Superhero Fun Run was held Sunday, June 15, 2012 at the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade. The event was a benefit for the Oregon Music Hall of Fame to help with music education in schools. Photo by Shannon L. Cheesman, KATU.com Producer/Reporter.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Mighty superheroes - including Batman, Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man and many more - teamed up on Sunday not to fight crime, but to help raise money for music education in Oregon schools.

It was all part of the first annual Superhero Fun Run, a 2K/5K walk and run along the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade in southeast Portland.

The idea was to have a little fun and put some smiles on people's faces while helping out a cause - in this case the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, which works to make sure kids have a chance to study and learn music in their schools.

"The kids - the way their eyes light up when they see their favorite superheroes, it's worth it on that instant level - seeing the smiles," said Bryan Cook, an organizer with Stumptown Events who arrived as Batman (he's pictured in the photo above). "And then again when you get to hand a check to the charity - it's just a very fulfilling experience."

Cook said the idea to do something like this started last year when a group of locals held a different type of superhero gathering and realized how popular it was. So they decided it might be a good draw for a charity.

"We found that people just love it," he said. "They love to get costumes on."

The event was followed by a get together at nearby Blitz Ladd for prizes and awards.