High costs force final year for full Run for Heroes Marathon

 

 

Competitors in the 2014 Run for Heroes Marathon run through the starting line at the Libro Credit Union Centre on Sept. 21. This year was the final installment of the marathon. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea.

Competitors in the 2014 Run for Heroes Marathon run through the starting line at the Libro Credit Union Centre on Sept. 21. This year was the final installment of the marathon. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea.

Runners compete in the 5K event of the Run for Heroes Marathon last Saturday morning.  Despite the cancellation of the full marathon going forward, this race will be one of the races that continue.

Runners compete in the 5K event of the Run for Heroes Marathon last Saturday morning.
Despite the cancellation of the full marathon going forward, this race will be one of the races that continue.

By Adam D’Andrea

 

Even with a 2014 race described by its organizer as “flawless,” high operational costs have forced the Run for Heroes Marathon to run its final lap.

Despite the cancellation of the full marathon going forward, the other runs will still continue.

Presented by Running Flat, this year’s instalment of Run for Heroes took place on Sunday with the 5K Super Heroes run/walk, the Kids Dash and 1K Kids Marathon held on Saturday. Just under 1,800 racers competed in the marathon, with over 600 international competitors from cities like Houston, Chicago and New York City.

“They wanted to race on the reputation that we’ve been building here in Amherstburg,” said race director Chris Uszynski. “I’m saddened by it. I really am,”

According to Uszynski, the cost of necessities such as pylons and police officers has caused organizers to call off future marathons. Out of the 14 races presented by Running Flat, the Run for Heroes has the highest operational costs.

“For every single person in this year’s event just under $17 was for pylons and policing. When you look at that kind of a raw number and go ‘Wow, that’s a lot of money spent on operations,’” said Uszynski. “We haven’t talked about rehydration, we haven’t talked about nutrition, we haven’t talked about anything else.”

After four years of organizing the Run for Heroes as a full marathon, Uszynski said the biggest lessons he’s learned are “don’t take no for an answer and don’t sell yourself short.”

“Great communities often sell themselves short because they think they can’t live up to being world class and this is a world class event,” said Uszynski. “It takes people from outside the community to tell you that.”

Uszynski estimated that the marathon raised around $25,000 for caregiver programs at the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex, with the event raising over $200,000 since its conception.

Winners included:

Marathon

Frank Balestra  3:00:31 Mississauga

Anna Bielecki 3:23:41 New Market

Half Marathon

Ryan Allison 1:18:45 Windsor

Grace Bakker 1:29:45 LaSalle

10K

Dean Schives 38:07 Tilbury

Tracy Crema 47:59 Belle River

5K

Brad Reiter 17:01

Heather Mihalik 20:41 LaSalle

 

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