Chris Hadfield Featured On Amherstburg’s Canada D’Eh Race Medal

Thursday June 11th, 2015

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The Canada D’Eh Run is one of the largest and most bombastic patriotic Canada Day events in the country, and every year the participants get to choose whom they name as a ‘Great Canadian’ and then the likeness of that person is put on the medal. “

The runners have spoken and they have made an impressive choice for this years Canada D’Eh Run” explains Chris Uszynski Race Director at RunningFlat.

Commander Chris Hadfield is a retired Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space. An engineer and former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station. “When he was at the International Space Station he made us all feel like we were with him for the entire mission, as if Canada had briefly opened it borders upwards and owned it. Something we have not felt since his mission” Uszynski states.

This year the Canada D’Eh runners and walkers had to choose from Don Cherry, Wayne Gretzky and Chris Hadfield as they were the top three from last years event voting.

Not only do they vote on one of the three but they make a suggestion of who they want to see on next years medal. Those votes are tabulated and the top three are chosen and they are voted on to next years ‘Great Canadian’.

Prior ‘Great Canadians’ are 2013 Sir John A MacDonald and in 2014 Terry Fox. “This is the only open source medal in the running world giving the runners all the choice on who to honour” explains Uszynski.

This patriotic 5k run and Kid’s Dash starts at 9am just outside of Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada – the headquarters for the British forces in southwestern Upper Canada during the War of 1812 – and continues up Laird, around Toddy Jones Park, down Dalhousie and back.

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