Not everyone who supports mesothelioma awareness may be able to attend Miles for Meso on Sept. 27. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) provides a solution to this with its ADAO Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team.

Although this is the race’s sixth year raising money for mesothelioma research and support organizations, this is the Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team’s first year. This virtual team allows those who cannot participate in the 6th Annual Miles for Meso to register a name that will be featured on other runners.

This means that mesothelioma survivors, victims, or their loved ones can submit their names and join the cause in spirit. The runners featuring the names of the ADAO Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team will pose for a picture following the race, allowing the virtual runners to see their presence in the race.

The deadline to submit a name to the Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team is Monday, Sept. 22.Miles for Meso

The race begins at 9:00 a.m. on Sept. 27 in Alton, Ill. Simmons Hanly Conroy, as a national sponsor of Miles for Meso and host of the Alton race, plays a major role in the advocacy, education, and community initiatives of the event. The race is part of Simmons Hanly Conroy’s ongoing effort to spread awareness of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure in recognition of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

The race also features a 2k fun run for those who are not avid runners but still wish to participate. Aside from the actual race, Miles for Meso offers a variety of activities that runners and non-runners alike can enjoy. At this year’s event you will find: a dog adoption event, live music, free food, a kids’ only game zone, and face painting. All runners will receive complimentary Miles for Meso T-shirts and the top five women and men runners will each be awarded cash prizes.

To learn more about ADAO’s virtual team and how you can participate, visit the ADAO website. To learn more about registering for the Alton Miles for Meso 5K race, visit www.milesformeso.org/register.