ATLANTA -- Heavy rain and lightning sent runners and walkers looking cover at Piedmont Park this morning.

Many of them were dressed as super heroes for the Action Dash 5K to raise money for Action Ministries, an Atlanta-based nonprofit.

PHOTO GALLERY | Action Heroes Run for Action Ministries

The weather delayed the start time by about 30 minutes, but organizers said they saw no need to cancel the run.

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"You know, the rain doesn't mean anything to an action hero," said John Moeller, Action Ministries' CEO. "We have folks who are braving the elements, and I'm so impressed they've even come in costume."

After rainy weather washed out many 4th of July activities, metro Atlanta was determined not to let the sloppy conditions do the same to their Labor Day.

Jim VanLoan went barefoot to keep his holiday plans intact. A visit to Piedmont Park is a VanLoan Labor Day family tradition. He and his family enjoyed a game of Frisbee in the rain while waiting to hear blues music inside Park Tavern.

"Seems we're never happy in the south, it's either too hot or it's raining too much," said VanLoan. "We take it as it comes. That's why we're out here."

In Douglasville, the best way to keep it from raining on your parade is to parade right over the rain.

The town's Labor Day parade went on despite the weather. Several people walked the two mile route covered in plastic.

"No way to prepare for this kind of weather," said one participant.

The Action Dash 5Kraised money for programs to address hunger, housing and education across North Georgia.

Action Ministries held four other simultaneous runs in Athens, Rome, Gainesville and Augusta.

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