Over 600 runners hit the streets of Amherstburg on “Canada D’Eh”

Runners bolt from the starting line of the Canada D'Eh 5K run/walk in Amherstburg July 1. Eventual winner Andrew Aguanno is on the far left.

Runners bolt from the starting line of the Canada D’Eh 5K run/walk in Amherstburg July 1. Eventual winner Andrew Aguanno is on the far left.

The main Canada D'Eh 5K run/walk was preceded by the Kids Dash, which was mainly on the grounds of Fort Malden before ending at the start/finish line on Laird Ave. Participants even got help from parents and guardians.

The main Canada D’Eh 5K run/walk was preceded by the Kids Dash, which was mainly on the grounds of Fort Malden before ending at the start/finish line on Laird Ave. Participants even got help from parents and guardians.

By Ron Giofu

 

Hundreds of runners and walkers, many decked out in patriotic red and white, hit the downtown streets of Amherstburg last Tuesday morning for the second annual Canada D’Eh 5K run/walk.

According to race director Chris Uszynski, it could have been more.

“We sold out,” said Uszynski, who operates Running Flat, a firm that presents races in Windsor-Essex County. “It’s just over 600. It was expected yet unexpected for a Tuesday.”

With Canada Day falling on a Tuesday this year, Uszynski said organizers were unsure how many runners would come out. Attendance was down from the 700 the event had last year, but Uszynski stated that was by design as they pulled back in anticipation of lower numbers.

“We could have done 1,000 today,” was his final conclusion.

The kids’ dash around Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada drew another 100 participants.

Uszynski said the Canada D’Eh run/walk is one of the largest Canada Day runs in the region and attributed some of that to the flat course and the “amazing backdrop” of Fort Malden.

Running Flat’s events draw entrants from all over the map, he added, with this year’s Canada D’Eh run/walk being no different. Uszynski said runners came from New York, Ottawa, Toronto, Michigan, Ohio and eastern and western Canada.

was first to cross the finish line, coming in roughly 17 minutes after the run started. He said he works at the Running Factory, a sponsor of many running events, so he knew this one was coming up. Aguanno said he is training for the Detroit Marathon, where he will participate in the half-marathon.

“I’m just getting in a couple of faster runs,” he explained.

Aguanno, originally from Toronto but now a Windsor resident, said he knew the run would be fun so he decided to come out. He noted he was an All-Canadian athlete at the University of Windsor and participated on some national championship track teams.

“It was a really nice course,” he said. “Winning is always fun. It was a great way to spend Canada Day.”

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