Walkers welcome to walk Run for Heroes Marathon; Uszynski urging community support


By Joel Charron

You don’t have to be a runner to take part in the World Alzheimer’s Day Run for Heroes Marathon.

Marathon director Chris Uszynski said you don’t have to run the course, walking is just as good.

“Just because you’re a walker doesn’t mean you can’t experience cheering crowds and the course itself,” he said. “The walkers just do it a lot slower than the runners, that’s the only difference.”

For those who don’t like to run but want the opportunity to experience the excitement of the marathon weekend, Uszynski suggest entering the 5K run/walk on Sat. Sept. 22.

The 5K will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the driveway of the Fort Malden Historic National Site.

“The 5K is a really good place to start a family event,” said Uszynski. “It’s right downtown, everyone will get a medal and a shirt. It’s really a cool thing for a family to get out there and finish and can tell people that they did this together.”

Uszynski, who has participated in several marathons, said walkers are very common in marathons.

“Not everyone likes to run, but people like to get out and be active,” he said.

He also added walking in the event is open, meaning the event could attract competitive and casual walkers, however Uszynski stresses that everyone should go at their own pace.

“We take everybody. It’s all about getting everyone out,” he said. “Today’s walker you might stroll the course may be more completive next time and maybe down the road may decide to run an event.”

Although Uszynski said the Run for Heroes Marathon is filling up with runners and walkers, one thing he is running a bit short on is community support.

“The town is behind us 100 per cent but it’s the rest of the town that has been kind of a struggle,” explained Uszynski.

Of all the sponsors involved with the marathon, Uszynski said very few are actually from Amherstburg.

Out of 18 water stations scattered along the course only a handful of stations are sponsored and manned.

Uszynski said he doesn’t want to come across as a “whiner” or doesn’t want to “tick people off” but needs to try and rally the community to show its support.

“If people don’t want to volunteer that’s perfectly ok, there is other thing like standing on the side of the road and cheering on the participants,” said Uszynski. “Any kind of entertainment along the course would be great, it could be someone out there playing a ukulele. Anything to show some support.”

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