Run for Heroes Marathon medal to feature Bicentennial logo

By Joel Charron

The World Alzheimer’s Day Run for Heroes Marathon, the official run commemorating the War of 1812 Bicentennial celebration, has released the medal design that successful racers will receive upon completion of the race.

The medal design features the official logo designed by the 1812 Committee of the Southern First Nations Secretariat. This logo was designed after much consultation and research. Both the British and American flag are tattered and surround the Eagle Staff. The South West was considered a ‘no man’s land’ following the Battle of the Thames and throughout the war; both sides experience gains, victories, loses and defeats.

The Eagle in the centre honours the role the First Nations had in the entire conflict and especially in the South West. The overarching blue circle reminds us that, surrounded by water, the highways of 1812, our region was integral in the transportation of the goods, information and armies in the war.

The medal is adorned with a full colour sublimated ribbon and depending on the distance completed, is gold (full marathon), pewter (half marathon), bronze (10 K) or a smaller version of the gold (5K).

“Overall, I think the Bicentennial design is absolutely amazing,” said marathon founder Chris Uszynski. “It cooperates the American side and the British side, not to mention our First Nations.”

Uszynski said the medals are produced in Traverse City, Michigan and presented quite the challenge for the makers.

“There are six dependant colours in that medal,” explained Uszynski. “When the early prototypes came out, even they were amazed at how absolutely stunning the design turned out. I really thought the colours would get lost in the design but it turned out better than I anticipated.”

Uszynski, who has run in several marathon’s himself, said there is “no comparison” to other medals handed out in other marathons.

“You can show this medal to any seasoned runner and they will tell you that this is the nicest medal in running today,” stated Uszynski. “Nothing even comes close it.”

Although runners enter marathons for personal feats and challenges, Uszynski believes at least 75 per cent of them run for the medal.

“Runners like their bling,” he said. “It’s to add to their collection and to say that they have done it.”

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