Registration is now open for the race, which will take place virtually on Sept. 25-26 and coincides with National Mesothelioma Awareness Day
ALTON, Illinois – The 13th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Run & 3K Fun Run/Walk, hosted by Simmons Hanly Conroy and Metro Tri Club, will once again return as a virtual event on Sept. 25. Rising case counts of the delta variant nationwide and an abundance of caution for the members of mesothelioma community, according to race organizers.
“With the new Covid-19 variants and an increase in cases across the country, hosing a virtual-only race is the best decision for our clients, employees, friends and volunteers who attend and work so hard to make this the best mesothelioma charity event in the county,” said Todd Adamitis, Miles for Meso Committee Chair and the firm’s Chief Operating Officer.
As in 2020, virtual participants may plan to run or walk their favorite 5K or 3K route individually or with their family groups in their neighborhoods, local parks or community while following state and local social distancing guidelines.
“The past year has seen improvements with the vaccine, but as we move toward a new normal, its important to maintain important safety measures, particularly for those suffering from mesothelioma, who are among the most vulnerable in a pandemic,” said Chairman John Simmons. “They need support, and this event shows them how many people are fighting for them and their families.”
The Alton race is held annually in honor of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Since 2009, the event has raised more than $430,000 for mesothelioma research and awareness. All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent asbestos victims’ group in the United States.
All participants will receive a “Lucky 13” medal, a long-sleeve, moisture-wicking T-shirt, Miles for Meso booklet and bracelet. Register by Aug. 27 to ensure t-shirt size and by Sept. 10 to ensure the packet arrives before race day.
On race day, all registrants will receive instructions for recording their results, which must be uploaded by Sept. 26 to raceroster.com using the ACIS RunKeeper App. Participants are encouraged to share pictures of themselves and their loved ones walking or running by using the hashtag #MilesForMeso on social media.
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 ADAO. These awards, along with the final fundraising number, will be announced in October.
Corporate sponsorships for Miles for Meso are available through Aug. 27. The 2020 event was generously sponsored by the following Diamond Level sponsors: Impact Strategies, BDO, Pohlman Court Reporting, The Bridge Church, Sokolove Law, First Mid Bank and SPaszkiewicz Litigation Services. Also, our 2020 Platinum Level sponsors were: Jenner & Block, Lockton and Acropolis Technology.
Learn more about sponsorship opportunities at milesformesothelioma.org/sponsors.
Early registration, available through Aug. 27, is $35. Additional cutoff dates and prices are listed on the Alton race page at www.milesformeso.org/register.