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Monday September 8th, 2014

Posted at 11:00am

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Last week RunningFlat announced that 2014 edition of the the World Alzheimer’s Day Run For Heroes Marathon would be the last year for the Full Marathon course.

Organizers said that the high costs of renting 2,000 pylons at $10,000 for the day and policing nearly $5,000 makes the long course of 42km unsustainable to run unless there is sponsorship or RunningFlat purchases the pylons.

“After making the announcement last week of this being the last year one of the media outlets asked did I do everything to save the event and had I considered crowdsourcing?” said organizer Chris Uszynski.  “We had not so we are launching this initiative where anyone can pay $25 and buy a pylon that will be personalized with their name on it.”

The Pylon for Heroes crowdfunding campaign can be found here and will be up for the next two weeks. The goal is $45,500 which will allow race officials to purchase 2000 pylons. RunningFlat will name the pylons within reason and say they reserve the rights to not put a name, company or product logo on the pylons that may be offensive or inappropriate.

The 2014 Run For Heroes weekend events are on the September 20th and 21st in Amherstburg starting on the 19th with a public Health Expo at the Libro Centre featuring discounted sports wear and informative expert speakers series. On Saturday September 20th the Run For SUPER Heros 5K and Kid’s Marathon take place near Fort Malden.

The Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K take place at the Libro Centre on Sunday September 21st.

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