Thank you for being a part of the Miles for Meso community and the 10th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Run & 3K Fun Run/Walk. Here is everything you need to know about attending the race this Saturday.

Packet Pickup + Registration

Online registration closes on Thursday. Register by then and save $5. Registration on race day is $40. Click here to register now!

Early packet pickup for registered participants will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at Simmons Hanly Conroy, 1 Court Street in Alton, Illinois, across from Marquette High School.

MFM 2018 Map

MFM 2018 Map

Race-day registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the registration tent located in Simmons Hanly Conroy’s main parking lot.

If you’ve already registered and need to pick up your shirt and race bags on race day, there is a separate location to do that. That table will be located on Court Street near Staten-Fine Funeral Home.

Included in your race packet is a long-sleeved Miles for Meso moisture-wicking shirt, your race number, and sponsor goodies. Be on the lookout for a Ziploc bag containing a blue Miles for Meso bracelet – you can show this bracelet to the food vendors on site to eat for free while supplies last.

Schedule of Events

Festivities at the Alton race begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K Race/3K Walk will begin at 9 a.m. We recommend everyone be there by 8 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
  • 8:00 AM – Meso Warrior Bib Photo at MFM Arch
  • 8:15 AM – Pre-race Ceremony Program Begins (Cheerleader routine, National Anthem, Announcements, Prayer)
  • 9:00 AM – Start of 5K Run & 3K Fun Run/Walk
  • 10:00 AM – Jesse White Tumblers Performance
  • 10:15 AM – Remarks from ADAO
  • 10:30 AM – Awards Ceremony
  • 11:00 AM – Vendor Fair, Adoption & Kids’ Activities Close.

Parking

Parking is different this year. The petting zoo and pony rides will be in the firm’s main lot. As a result, parking in the main lot will be reserved for handicapped needs only. Additional parking is available in several lots located north of the firm building, at the Millers Mutual Building, at the corner of Easton and 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 and E. 4th streets.

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 3K Walk courses, some areas have 2-way traffic. Be cautious of oncoming 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 coordinating signs along the course. The 3K 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 headphones at home. They are NOT allowed. In addition, please limit stroller use on the course. If you plan to walk with a stroller, please be courteous and use the sidewalks for the safety of you and others.

Awards Ceremony + Jesse White Tumblers

The race will begin at 9 a.m. The top five overall men and women 5K finishers will receive cash prizes. The top three runners in their age groups will also receive 1st-3rd place medals.

New this year: everyone who is wearing a race bib – walker or runner – will receive a commemorative finisher medal when they cross the finish line.

The awards ceremony will begin at roughly 10:30 a.m. after a performance by the Jesse White Tumblers.

Meso Warrior Community Dinner + Ribbons

The race’s charity, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, is hosting a community dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21 at Tony’s. Anyone who is currently fighting a mesothelioma diagnosis, along with their families, or anyone who has lost a loved one to an asbestos-related disease and is registered to attend the 10th Annual Miles for Meso race is invited to attend. Please email Amy Fair at afair@simmonsfirm.com to RSVP.

Meso warrior ribbons will be available to recognize patients and families who’ve been impacted by asbestos-related diseases.

Virtual Race + Snapchat

Everyone who registered for the virtual race should be receiving a T-shirt in the mail. Mesothelioma warriors and families love seeing the support from participants who are still trying to help make a difference while not being able to physically attend the event.

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!

Everyone in Alton who posts photos on social during race day may also share their pictures on SnapChat with a special Miles for Meso filter.

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 $25,000 for mesothelioma research and support, and 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 tollfree number 1-877-304-MESO (6376).

See you on race day!