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"Batkid" Returns to San Francisco to Help Sick Kids

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    NEWSLETTERS

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee honors Batkid with the key to the city. (Published Friday, Nov 15, 2013)

    Batkid will return to Gotham City -- err... San Francisco.

    This time, it won't be to arrest the Penguin or to capture the Riddler.

    Five-year-old Miles Scott of Tulelake, Siskyou County, will arrive in San Francisco (most likely in the family van instead of a decked-out Lamborghini ) on Saturday to cheer folks on at "Brave the Bay," formerly known as the SFPD Challenge, Make-A-Wish spokeswoman Jen Wilson said Thursday.

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    Batkid, aka Miles, will lead the "Santa Walk" with his family, who recently set up a "Batkid Fund" to support three groups that helped him during his treatment.

    The shy kindergartener with bright blue eyes was last in town on Nov. 15 when he was the recipient of an internationally inspiring volunteer effort, noted by everyone from the Harlem Globetrotters to President Obama.

    While sick with leukemia - from which he is now in remission  - Miles told the Make-A-Wish people that he wanted to be "Batman for a day."  He was able to realize his dreams and beyond when 12,000 volunteers got wind of his request, and the city of San Francisco morphed into Gotham City for a day.

    Now, Miles is helping the police officers realize their goal to raise $75,000 to help grant wishes for 357 children with life-threatening medical conditions. Organizers are hoping to help 10 children on Saturday alone.

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    The police-run Brave the Bay, now in its 6th year, features a 5K Santa Walk/Fun Run, a Santa plunge in the bay and the Santa Car Pull. Participants can join in either one event or all three to complete the “Santa Triathlon. Each event costs between $25 or $60 for all three.

    Miles' parents, Nick and Natalie Scott, said in a statement that it seemed "only fitting that following a day when the world demonstrated caring and compassion for Batkid, Batkid can now help others."

    DETAILS:

    Brave the Bay runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Aquatic Park at Jefferson and Hyde Streets.  To register, visit www.bravethebay.org.

    All locations are Aquatic Park, Jefferson and Hyde Streets.

    • Santa 5K Walk and Fun Run: 8:30 a.m.

    Batkid Miles Scott and family will be lead lead the walk.

    • Santa Plunge in the Bay: 10:30 a.m.

    This also includes the Executive Challenge, where local CEOs, along with Police Chief Greg Suhr, will be plunging in order to fund individual wishes.

    • Santa Cable Car Pull: 11:00am-1:00 a.m.

    Teams of up to six people compete to see who can pull a cable car the fastest. The challenge is to beat the SFPD teams.

    • Cops & Coffee: 9:00am-3:00 p.m., Buena Vista Café

    Enjoy a traditional Irish Coffee served by San Francisco police. All tips will be donated to Make-A-Wish.