World Alzheimer's Day Run For Heroes Marathon

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The World Alzheimer’s Day Run For Heroes Marathon (RFH Marathon) is the official run for the war of 1812 Bicentennial celebration between Canada and the United States. More than 40% of those registered so far are American runners from all over the USA and are joining in the Red Coat vs. Blue Coat challenge. Runners can choose to be an American (Blue Coat) or an Empire Loyalist-British (Red Coat).

There is huge interest in this run because it is a Boutique Marathon, meaning that it is limited to 4,000 participants. The course is located in a beautiful historic town and in the heart of wine country

The RFH Marathon is Canada’s most southern marathon (Boston Qualifier). This event includes run and walk divisions for the half marathon, 10k, and 5k. The RFH also offers a wheelchair/push rim wheelchair and hand crank division for the marathon.
The course is one of the flattest runs in the world, with an elevation difference of 38 feet. Runners will experience a gorgeous waterfront course along the Detroit River and take in an 1812 battle reenactment with historic Fort Malden as you run through it.
"There is huge interest in this run because it is a Boutique Marathon, meaning that it is limited to 4,000 participants. The course is located in a beautiful historic town and in the heart of wine country" says Chris Uszynski, Race Director and Founder of the run.
Each runner gets a commemorative six-colour finishers medal, great shirt, and lots of entertainment along the course.

The History of the Run

Alzheimer’s is a deeply personal disease for Uszynski. His father has had the disease for over 21 years, and his mother was the primary caregiver for 19 of them. “She is my Hero and the World Alzheimer’s Day Run is a salute to my Mom and all the caregivers that work non-stop no matter how they feel or how tired they are to care for and protect their loved one” explains Uszynski.

The Event

September 22, 2012: 5k in downtown Historic Amherstburg at 10:30 am along the Detroit River waterfront overlooking Boblo Island. Start and Finish in Historic Fort Malden, a Parks Canada Historic site, which was involved in the Battle of 1812.

September 23, 2012: Marathon and half marathon at 7:15 am with the 10k at 8am. The start/finish is common to the new UCCU Rec Complex in Amherstburg. There is a two-day expo as well to pick up race kits.
Proceeds of the race go to the Alzheimer Society of Windsor Essex for Caregiver Programs Runners are asked to raise money through pledge forms and donations.

The Medal

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 experienced gains, victories, loses and defeats. The Eagle in the center honours the role 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.

The Shirts

This year’s shirts have the Union Jack on one side with the American flag on the other with a large 1812 logo on the chest with an Eagles head to signify the aboriginal contribution to the War of 1812. The shirts are also adorned with the Canadian maple leaf and a run logo on either arm. “These shirts are a treasure like the keepsake commemorative limited edition finishers medals for each event” says Uszynski. The medals are six colours and with a full-colour ribbon that each participant will receive.
Participants of the 5k and 10k races will receive a commemorative cotton t-shirt of a similar design.

Registration and Pricing

Registration information can be found online at Prices are as follows and will go up after September 3, 2012: Marathon: $75, Half Marathon: $65,10K: $40, 5K: $35.

The Town of Amherstburg has been ranked Canada’s safest community two years in a row and is located in the heart of Southern Ontario’s wine country. The town is located at the mouth of the Detroit River and Lake Erie and is 25 minutes off the Ambassador Bridge. The town is home to Historic Fort Malden, a Parks Canada site integral to the Battle of Lake Erie.


For more information go to or contact Chris Uszynski at (519) 980-5440 or chris(at)runningflat(dot)com

Chris Uszynski
(519) 980-5440

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