Alum saves the world one race at a time (sans cape and mask)

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to raise thousands of dollars in a single bound...it's not Superman, but Chris Russo ’02.

Russo is the co-founder of Superhero Events, a company that holds racing events in New Jersey and donates proceeds to charity. Superhero Events’ flagship race, the Superhero Half Marathon, originally benefited the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which specializes in spinal cord research.

The half marathon took on the superhero title to honor Christopher Reeve’s iconic role as Superman, but quickly evolved into a theme race, with participants running in capes, masks, tights, and other superhero garb.

When Russo and business partner and fellow runner Heather McDermott founded the company in 2010, Superhero Events became the perfect fusion of interests that were fostered during Russo’s time at Gettysburg College.

His coursework as an Organization and Management Studies (OMS) major and economics minor developed Russo’s entrepreneurial spirit. Russo found support for these interests in his roommate…twin brother Mike ’02, also an OMS major.

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