Published: Jul 04, 2012 1:59 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 04, 2012 2:01 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Who could be better than Captain America to kick off Independence Day celebrations?  He joined the runners today at the foot of the Cape Coral bridge to kick off the festivities.

Nathan Veilleux donned the costume for the second year in a row to run the road race over the Cape Coral bridge and back.  He for one was happy about this year's switch to a morning road race.  Hundreds of runners gathered for the start this morning as the sun started to rise over the Caloosahatchee for a kick of to 4th of July festivities including Red, White and Boom in the Cape.

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