Registration Opens Monday, July 11 for $35
Registration is now open for the 14th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Run and 3K Fun Run/Walk. This year’s race returns in person on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in honor of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day (Sept. 26). Participants have the option of joining the event in person or virtually.
Simmons Hanly Conroy is again teaming up with Metro Tri Club of Edwardsville, Illinois, to host and produce the event. Miles for Meso is held less than 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis at the firm’s national headquarters in historic Alton, Illinois.
Since its inception by Simmons Hanly Conroy in 2009, the Alton event has impacted thousands of people’s lives by bringing those affected by mesothelioma together and raising more than $468,000 in funds to support mesothelioma research and awareness.
“For the last two years, we’ve held this milestone event virtually, and supporters have still shown up to raise awareness and funds for this very important cause,” said John Simmons, Chairman of Simmons Hanly Conroy. “Last year more than a thousand people participated from their neighborhoods, walked city streets, and even hiked national parks, but it’s time to come back together in person.”
Proceeds from Miles for Meso will benefit the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent asbestos victims’ organization in the United States. It was founded in 2004 to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice, raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and work toward a global asbestos ban. The 2021 Alton race raised $38,000 for ADAO.
Race day festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. at Simmons Hanly Conroy, located at One Court Street in Alton, across from Marquette High School. The race itself starts at 9 a.m. Participants can register until Aug. 26 for $35, until Sept. 9 for $40, until Sept. 18 for $45 or pay $45 to register on race day. Registration fees include a race packet containing a long-sleeve, moisture-wicking t-shirt, a 14th annual participation medal and more.
People who are unable to make it to the event or prefer to participate virtually may have their race packet mailed in advance. The cost is $40 and includes shipping and handling. Register by Aug. 26 to ensure shirt size and by Sept. 9 to receive a shirt by race day. Everyone registered as a virtual attendee will receive an email about how to record results on Raceroster.com using the ACIS Runkeeper App. Virtual participants are encouraged to share photos and social posts using the hashtag #MilesForMeso.
The overall top five men and women 5K finishers in the in-person race will each win cash prizes of $500, $250, $200, $100 and $50, respectively. Additionally, the first, second and third-place finishers in each age group will receive custom Miles for Meso medals. The top fundraising team and individual will each be recognized as well. Any student-athletes who place in the top five but are ineligible to receive cash prizes will receive alternate prizes. Age groups can be found on the registration page.
Corporate sponsorships for Miles for Meso are available through Aug. 26. The following supporters generously sponsored the 2021 event:
- Diamond Sponsors: BDO (Stone Carlie), The Bridge Church, Classic Graphics, First Mid Bank & Trust, Jenner & Block, Lockton Companies, Paszkiewicz Court Reporting & Records Retrieval, Pohlman USA and Sokolove Law;
- Platinum Sponsors: Acropolis Technology Group and Asbestos.com;
- Gold Sponsors: A.R. Deahl Construction, Dwyer Cleaning, Impact Strategies and Kiku Obata;
- Silver Sponsors: Holland Construction Services, Pass Security and the St. Louis/Southern Illinois Labor Tribune; and
- Bronze Sponsors: Covene LLC and Office Essentials.
Learn more about sponsorship opportunities at milesformesothelioma.org/sponsors/.