Miles for Meso

Thank you for being a part of the Miles for Meso community and the 7th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Run & 2K Fun Run/Walk. Here is everything you need to know about attending the race this Saturday. Online registration is still available through today, Tuesday, Sept. 22. In order to pick up your T-shirt and race bag during early packet pickup at Simmons Hanly Conroy, please register by then. Otherwise, registration is available the morning of the race.

Early Packet Pick Up + Registration

If you are already registered for the race, early packet pickup is available for both runners & walkers from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25 at the Simmons Hanly Conroy building in Alton at 1 Court Street, across from Marquette High School.

Online registration is still open through Tuesday at midnight. Click here to register. Otherwise, you may register the morning of the race.

On race day, registration, check-in and packet pickup lasts from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at the Registration Tent located in Simmons Hanly Conroy’s main parking lot. Included in your race packet is a light blue, long-sleeved Miles for Meso T-shirt, your race number, and a race bag filled with sponsor goodies.

For those participating in this year’s Virtual Race who asked for their shirts to be mailed, they have been shipped and should be delivered on Friday, Sept. 25. Participants are encouraged to wear their shirt on race day in support of mesothelioma awareness. Don’t forget to snap a photo of you in your shirt and share it with the hashtags #milesformeso and #ENDmeso and tag the Miles for Meso Facebook page!

Parking

Parking on race day is available in several lots located north of the firm building at the corner of Easton & Court streets, along Alby Street between E. 3rd and E. 5th streets, and at Alton City Hall, 101 E. 3rd Street. Additional angled public parking is available along Market & E. 4th streets. Click here to view a parking map.

Schedule of Events

Festivities at the Alton race begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K Race/2K Walk will begin at 9 a.m. We recommend everyone be there between 8:15-8:30 a.m. Here’s the full schedule of events:

  • 7:30 AM – Race Day Registration Opens!
  • 7:30 AM – Vendor Fair, Dog Adoption & Kids’ Activities Start!
  • 8:30 AM – Pre-Race Ceremony (Cheerleader routine, ADAO special speaker, National Anthem)
  • 9:00 AM – Start of 5K Run & 2K Fun Run/Walk
  • 10:00 AM – Jordan Zevon, Special Musical Performance
  • 10:15 AM – Awards Ceremony
  • 11:00 AM – Vendor Fair, Adoption & Kids’ Activities Close.

Safety on the Course

Alton’s brick streets, rolling hills and scenic Mississippi River view make the Miles for Meso course popular with both runners and walkers. (Take a video tour of the course!) Due to some overlap of the 5K Run and the 2K Walk courses, some areas have 2-way traffic. Be cautious of on-coming traffic in these areas. Course Marshals and signs will be placed along the course to help direct traffic, but please still take extra precaution along the 2-way runner traffic areas.

The Alton Police Department will direct traffic and close some streets along the course. The 5K route will be marked in ORANGE, including arrows spray painted on the ground and coordinating signs along the course. The 2K course will be marked with BLUE arrows and coordinating blue signs. If your race bib is blue, follow the blue arrows. If your race bib is orange, follow the orange arrows.

As another safety precaution, please leave your pets & headphones at home. They are NOT allowed. In addition, please limit stroller use on the course. If you plan to walk with a stroller or use a wheel chair, please be courteous and use the sidewalks for the safety of you and others.

Award Ceremony + Jordan Zevon Performance

The Age Group 5K and 2K walk will begin at 9 a.m. The awards ceremony will begin at roughly 10:15 a.m., after a performance by ADAO spokesperson Jordan Zevon, the son of Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Warren Zevon.

Mesothelioma Warrior Community Dinner

The race’s charity, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, is hosting a community dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25 at Gentelin’s on Broadway.

All registered racers who are mesothelioma patients, family members, or who have lost a loved one from mesothelioma are welcome to attend the dinner. Please R.S.V.P by Thursday at 5:00 PM CT via the online “Miles for Meso” Warrior Community Dinner form: http://bit.ly/1KsXgSJ.

Click here to see how ADAO has been gearing up for the Alton race.

Thank You for your Support!

Thank you, once again, for your participation in this year’s Alton Miles for Meso race. Last year, we raised approximately $30,000 for mesothelioma research and support. With your help, we’re hoping to once again make a difference in the fight against mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

If you have any additional questions or concerns before Saturday, send an e-mail to info@milesformeso.org or call our toll free number 1-877-304-MESO (6376).

See you on race day!

Mike Wever
Race Director