Registration is now open for this summer’s 15th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Run and 3K Fun Run/Walk hosted and produced by Simmons Hanly Conroy and the Metro Tri Club of Edwardsville, Illinois. The in-person and virtual event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23, in honor of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day on Sept. 26.
First held in 2009, Miles for Meso has impacted thousands of people’s lives by bringing those affected by mesothelioma together and raising more than $890,000 to support mesothelioma research and awareness.
The event is held outside the Simmons Hanly Conroy national headquarters in historic Alton, which is less than a 30-minute drive from downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Simmons Hanly Conroy is one of the nation’s largest asbestos law firms and a national leader in the legal representation of mesothelioma patients and their families.
“We are thrilled to once again partner with Metro Tri Club to present the Miles for Meso 5K Run and 3K Fun Run/Walk to benefit people affected by mesothelioma,” said John Simmons, Chairman of Simmons Hanly Conroy. “We look forward to welcoming back all our friends and neighbors for this fun event that is so important for helping to continue providing resources to support critical mesothelioma research and awareness.”
Proceeds from Miles for Meso will benefit the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent asbestos victims’ organization in the United States. ADAO 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 2022 Alton race raised $40,000 for ADAO.
Race day festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. at One Court Street in Alton, across from Marquette High School. The 5K Run and 3K Fun Run/Walk kicks off at 9 a.m.
Participants can register until Aug. 25 for $35, until Sept. 8 for $40 or until Sept. 17 for $45. Participants can also register on the day of the event for $45. Registrants will receive a race packet containing a long-sleeve, moisture-wicking T-shirt; a “15th annual” participation medal; and more.
Virtual event attendees may register for $40 by Sept. 8 to receive a race packet prior to race day. Registered virtual attendees can record race results using the Runkeeper app.
The overall top five men and women 5K finishers of 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 of the 14 age groups will receive custom Miles for Meso medals. The top fundraising team and individual each will be recognized as well. Any student athletes who place in the top five but are ineligible to receive cash prizes will receive alternate prizes.
Corporate sponsorships for Miles for Meso are available through Aug. 25. The following supporters generously sponsored the 2022 event:
Diamond Sponsors: BDO, Classic Graphics, First Mid Bank & Trust, Impact Strategies, Jenner & Block, Mesothelioma Hope, Paszkiewicz Litigation Services, Pohlman Court Reporting, Sokolove Law and The Bridge Church.
Platinum Sponsors: Acropolis Technology Group, Asbestos.com, Kiku Obata and Lockton.