Early registration is now open for the Alton, Illinois Miles for Meso 5K Race & 2K Fun Run/Walk. The race will begin at Simmons Hanly Conroy Building at One Court Street on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8:30 a.m. It will be hosted by the Firm and is coordinated by the Metro TriClub.

Miles for Meso races have been held in Illinois, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Florida. Funds raised over the past four years have exceeded a total of $300,000 and have been donated to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. The race is a fun, active, educational event for people of all ages and athletic abilities.

The Alton race is considered to be the flagship event for Miles for Meso. The past Alton races alone have raised $100,000 for mesothelioma research. In 2011, organizers expanded the Alton race to elite runners from around the world. They also increased the total prize money awarded to these elite runners. Doing this attracted Olympic-caliber runners who travel to Alton to compete.

“It is our goal to continue to use the Alton race as springboard for other races around the country,” said Mike Wever, Alton Race Director and president of the Metro Tri Club, on the Miles for Meso website.

The Miles for Meso race not only raises essential funds for mesothelioma research, but also promotes awareness of the deadly cancer. Mesothelioma is one of the lowest-funded cancers by the National Cancer Institute, yet more than 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with it every year. Raising funds and awareness for mesothelioma through events like Miles for Meso aid in the efforts to find a cure for this terminal disease.

Get Involved in Miles for Meso 2013

You don’t have to be an elite runner to participate in the Miles for Meso event. This event is for people of all ages. Early registration costs $25 through August 31. After that date, registration costs are $30. If you register on the day of the race, it will cost $35.

Everyone who registers for the 2013 Miles for Meso race will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt commemorating this year’s five year anniversary of the start of Miles for Meso.

Learn more about Miles for Meso including how to register, race times and more other information now.

To learn more about the 2012 Miles for Meso race, watch the video below.