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Thursday June 7th, 2012

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The World Alzheimer’s Day Run For Heroes Marathon (RFH Marathon), is the official run commemorating the war of 1812 Bicentennial celebration between Canada and the United States and organizers have released the medal design that successful racers will receive upon completion of their 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 roll 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, pewter, bronze or a smaller version of the gold.

“Medals are something that interest most runners, whether they keep them in a box or proudly on display, a well-designed medal is always a hit at race expos where runners go through booths selecting what their next race will be” says Chris Uszynski, race director and founder of the run. Uszynski notes “Each runner in every distance will receive the six-coloured commemorative medal at the finish line.”

The Run for Heros Marathon will be held in Amherstburg over the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd, and features a Boston Qualifier full marathon, half-marathon, 10k, and 5k race.

On September 22 the  5K race will be ran starting at 10:30 am.  On September 23rd the marathon and half marathon start at 7:15am with the 10K going at 8am.

Runners are asked to raise money through pledge forms and donations, with proceeds of the race go to the Alzheimer Society of Windsor Essex for Caregiver Programs.  More information and registration can be found online here. 

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