15th annual Alton ‘Miles For Meso’ registration open for Sept. 23 5K Run & 3K Fun Run/Walk

2023 race is both in-person and virtual event

RAISES MONEY – The annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race and 2K Fun Run raises money for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and its mission to prevent asbestos-related diseases.

Registration is now open to participate in the 15th annual “Miles for Meso” race Saturday, Sept. 23, to benefit the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and its mission to prevent asbestos-related diseases by securing a U.S. asbestos ban. The race is in honor of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day on Sept. 26.

The Alton, Ill., race is considered the flagship event for Miles for Meso. Since the Illinois river town hosted the first Miles for Meso race 14 years ago, the Alton race has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for mesothelioma research.

Presented by Simmons Hanly Conroy law firm and coordinated by the Metro Tri Club, Miles for Meso is held less than 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis at the firm’s national headquarters in historic Alton, Ill., and virtually across the country.

Miles for Meso is an advocacy project of the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation, a private, non-profit organization founded by the Simmons Law Firm. Dedicated to helping patients and families affected by mesothelioma, the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation works with leading researchers and treatment specialists throughout the country, supporting their search for a mesothelioma cure.

During the pandemic, in an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy, the 2021 Alton Miles for Meso race was organized as a virtual 5K run and 3K walk; this allowed anyone anywhere to register and participate. The 2023 race will continue as both an in-person and virtual event. Virtual attendees should register online by Sept. 9 to receive their shirt by race day. In-person attendees can register through Sept. 17.

The Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 3K Fun Run festivities will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 23 at the Simmons Hanly Conroy headquarters, One Court St., across from Marquette High School. The race is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Those who plan to join virtually can run or walk their favorite 5K or 3K route individually or with their family groups in their neighborhood, local park or community.

Regular registration is $40 through Sept. 8, followed by late registration from Sept. 9-17 up to the race day for $45.  In-person registration on race day Sept. 23 will be available on-site starting at 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted on the morning of the race.  All who register will receive a long-sleeve, moisture-wicking T-shirt. Sizes are given out in order of registration. Runners should register early to ensure getting their size.

Virtual registration is $40 through Sept. 8 with the virtual race kickoff at 9 a.m. Sept. 23. You can attend the virtual event on Facebook. Register at milesformesothelioma.org/mesothelioma-race-walk/alton-illinois using the “Virtual Race” option and receive your T-shirt in the mail. Everyone registered as a virtual attendee will receive an e-mail about how to record their results on Raceroster.com using the ACIS Runkeeper app. Share pictures, social posts walking or running by using the hashtag #MilesForMeso on Facebook and Twitter.

Everyone who registers will receive a participation medal. Cash prizes for the top five men and women runners start at $500 for first place, $250 for second place, $200 for third place and $100 and $50 for fourth and fifth places, respectively.

Simmons Hanly Conroy hosted the first Miles for Meso race in 2009. Since then, the firm has continued to be the national presenting sponsor of the event, helping to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos. As a mesothelioma law firm, Simmons Hanly Conroy would like nothing more than to see the eradication of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. The firm’s position as the national presenting sponsor helps make Miles for Meso possible year after year, raising thousands of dollars for research and awareness.

For complete information, visit milesformeso.org, email info@milesformeso.org, or call 1-877-304-6376 (MESO).

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