Annual Alton “Miles For Meso” registration open for Sept. 25 5K Run & 3K Fun Run/Walk

13th annual race returns in 2021 also as virtual event

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. The annual race is sponsored by the Simmons Hanly Conroy law firm.

Registration is now open to participate in the 13th annual “Miles for Meso” race Saturday, Sept. 25, to benefit the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and its mission to prevent asbestos-related diseases by securing a U.S. asbestos ban.

The passage of major reform to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) marked a milestone for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) in its effort to have asbestos banned in the United States. The Miles for Meso race to the finish line continues the effort with the annual Alton 5K Race and 3K Fun Run/Walk to benefit the ADAO. 

The Alton race is considered the flagship event for Miles for Meso. Since the Illinois river town hosted the first Miles for Meso race in 2009, the Alton race has raised over $350,000 for mesothelioma research.

In an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy, the 2021 Alton Miles for Meso race will again include a virtual 5K run and 3K walk. This will allow anyone anywhere to register and participate.

Miles for Meso is held less than 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis in historic Alton, Ill. This event is in celebration of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Presented by the Simmons Hanly Conroy law firm and coordinated by the Metro Tri Club, all proceeds from the event are donated to mesothelioma research and awareness. 

The Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 3K Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 25 at the Simmons Hanly Conroy national headquarters, One Court Street, across from Marquette High School. The race’s starting line will be near the intersection of Fourth and Alton streets.

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.

Regular registration costs $35 through Sept. 10, followed by late registration from Sept. 11 up to the race day for the cost of $45.  Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted on site 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. Register early to ensure getting your size. Register by Sept. 10 to guarantee your shirt arrives in time for you to wear it on Race Day, Sept. 25.

If you cannot attend the race, register online at using the “Virtual Race” option and receive your T-shirt in the mail. Shirts and packets will be mailed on Sept. 10.   Everyone registered will receive an e-mail about how to record their results. Share pictures, social posts of you and your loved ones walking or running by using the hashtag #MilesForMeso on Facebook and Twitter.

Sept. 26 will be the last day to submit your time at and register your time using the ACIS RunKeeper app.

Everyone who registers will receive a “Lucky 13” participation medal. As in previous years, the top three fundraising teams will receive awards to recognize their contributions to helping the Alton race reach its fundraising goal of $25,000 for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. These awards, along with the final fundraising number, will be announced on Oct. 4.

More than 1,000 people have attended the Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race and 3K Fun Run. Miles for Meso races have taken place in other cities across the country from New York to Florida to Washington state and several locations in between. For additional information about Miles for Meso and a link to the Alton Miles for Meso website, visit, email, or call 1-877-304-6376 (MESO).


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