By definition, a Super Hero is a fictional character with superhuman powers. Recently a seven-year-old girl from San Gabriel, Calif., defied that definition during runDisney’s Avengers Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort.

Far from fictional, Carissa Leung is a beautiful young girl full of energy, excitement and dreams. Joining her mom, Elene Wong, sister, Katelyn, and brother, Ryan, she participated in the Captain America 5K, a 3.1-mile journey through Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. What unfolded during the race is inspirational, motivational and unforgettable.

Carissa proves super heroes are not just fictional. They come in all shapes, sizes and ages. They motivate and inspire us everyday, we just need to take time to see it. I hope you will take time now to experience Carissa’s 3.1-mile superhuman journey, witness the amazing things that happened along the way and learn from her super powers.

Congratulations Carissa – you are a super hero!

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