September 11, 2021


Run American’s Race on September 11th at National Park’s West Beach. This event is part of a national recognition of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and honors our military veterans and first responders.


“I was humbled to attend the 2021 Leon’s Triathlon. The dedication and strength visible in hundreds of veterans who have sacrificed so much for their country, their community and their neighbors made me proud to call them brothers and sisters. Their motivation shows to the rest of us that we can do anything and do it well if we dedicate ourselves to that task. I have each of the triathletes in my prayers that they may finish the race every day of their lives.”

Thank you,

Dennis A. Wimer
Indiana Department
of Veterans Affairs


The Freedom Artist – Mark Paul John

We are so excited and honored to share with you that we will be unveiling new artwork being created explicitly for our September 11 race by Mark Paul John. Mark is known as the Freedom Artist, and he is currently hard at work on this new piece. It is certain to be breath-taking and humbling. 

Mark Paul John is a self-taught artist, born and raised on the south side of Chicago. He is best known for creating a charcoal drawing of three FDNY firefighters hoisting up the American flag after the attacks in NYC at ground zero on 9-11-2001. This is known as “American Pride.” He has donated prints of his “American Pride” drawing to firehouses, police departments, military installations and worthy charitable organizations across the world. 

We would like to say a heartfelt “Thank You” to Mark Paul John for donating his time and talent to be a part of our September 11 race. We are humbled and grateful for your friendship and servant heart.

Here is a preview of what is coming!

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Hammer Nutrition Partnership

Leon’s is grateful for our partnership with Hammer Nutrition. This partnership goes back many, many years. Hammer Nutrition is an endurance sports nutrition company founded in 1987 by Brian Frank.


Hammer Nutrition provides unparalleled products, knowledge, and service to health conscious athletes all over the world. Over the years, the product line has grown from fuels & supplements to now include clothing, body care products, EMS units, accessories, and more.

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Chesterton Brewery Partnership

We are so excited to announce our new collaboration with Chesterton Brewery. They have created a new American IPA to be released on Friday, September 10 in honor of our heroes.


Part of the Sept.11 Race

At the crossroads of America, an inspiring event will occur in conjunction with Leon’s Triathlon, Team Red, White & Blue, and the Indiana Dunes National Park.



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