Run for Heroes Marathon ranked second for runs that make a difference


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By Ron Giofu


The Run for Heroes Marathon has been ranked second by an online magazine ranking runs that make a difference.

The article on the website, entitled “10 Ways you can save the world by running,” ranks international runs and walks with the Run for Heroes Marathon being listed second behind only the Komen Race for the Cure.

The Run for Heroes Marathon is held every September with the race raising funds for caregiver programs offered by the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County.

Race director Chris Uszynski said that news, coupled with the fact that Get Out There magazine has named Running Flat’s “Zombie Chase” medal as one of the “medals to get” in Canada, has made it an exciting week.

“It’s really exciting,” said Uszynski. “We’ve got so many great runs on the go.”

Uszynski was thrilled with the recognition the Run for Heroes Marathon has received. He said he was contacted by and was asked to send in photos of the run, which he did. Shortly thereafter, he received a link to the article and was impressed with how the local race measured up.

“Those are pretty big runs in the U.S. we’re up against,” he said. “You kind of sit there and go ‘wow.’ I appreciate the recognition. It’s a great event and a great town.”

The race is being marketed in other cities and towns across North America, he added, though said there currently are restrictions on the race due to accommodations locally.

“We have limitations as a small town,” said Uszynski.

Billeting runners with families in Amherstburg is an idea, he believed, stating that has been done with runs in other areas.

There is “tons of new stuff” for this year’s race weekend, which sees the 5K run Sept. 20 and the 10K, the half-marathon and the full marathon Sept. 21. Uszynski said one of the new features is converting the 5K into a “Run for Super Heroes” event where participants are invited to dress up as their favourite super hero and run or walk in the event. Also planned is a “Kid’s Marathon” where, between now and Sept. 20, children will be invited to run or walk 41K in any format they choose – i.e. one kilometre a day for 41 days or something similar – and run the final kilometre as part of the Saturday 5K event. The “Kid’s Marathon” is still pending final approvals from the local school boards.

Uszynski said the run brings people into Amherstburg, exposes children and adults to running and brings interest into the Run for Heroes. He said there will also be another health expo inside the Libro Centre that weekend as well.

“Today, the running industry has changed so much that every day, we are changing people’s lives,” said Uszynski. “I’m really grateful to do what I do.”

For those interested in registering for the Run for Heroes Marathon or any of the races Running Flat presents, visit

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