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South Florida Race Kicks Off Miles for Meso in 2011

Posted on Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:11am

Boca Raton, Fla. – Larry Davis will kick off the 2011 Miles for Meso program Sunday in sunny South Florida as he and the Boca Raton Road Runners club present the 2nd Annual South Florida Miles for Meso 8K Run and 4K Tribute Walk.

The race takes place Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton, Fla. Preregistration begins at 5:45 a.m. and both races start at 7:30 a.m.

Davis, 65, of Pompano Beach, Fla., was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure, about four years ago. His dedication to running and fitness has helped him become a survivor.

“When I learned of my diagnosis, I was already a runner. It just seemed natural to host a race to benefit mesothelioma research,” Davis said.  “Running is part of the reason why I am a survivor.”

Last year’s race raised more than $15,000 for mesothelioma research. This year, Davis said he hopes to raise even more. He expects about 350 participants.

This year there are several new additions to the South Florida Miles for Meso event, Davis said. The most important change is that the 2011 course has been expanded from 5K to 8K. Event coordinators extended the distance to bring the race in line with the national standard for collegiate cross country races. A 1-mile youth run for those 18 years old and younger has also been added.

The decision to extend the race length was in keeping with Miles for Meso mission to attract professional runners while raising funds and awareness of mesothelioma, Davis said.

“Miles for Meso is foremost a fundraising race, but we’re also a professional runners race that attracts competitive runners from across the nation,” Davis said. “However, for those who just want to honor the memory of loved ones or show their support for mesothelioma research, we’ve created a shorter 4K tribute walk/run.”

Davis is anticipating a strong turn-out for the 4K tribute race/walk.

“If you come to Miles for Meso you can expect to meet the greatest folks around South Florida who put their hearts and souls into bringing awareness to a misunderstood disease and have fun while doing it,” Davis said.

Every year 3,000 new Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure, which has no cure. Miles for Meso is a nationwide effort by runners, survivors, patients, their families, advocates and medical researchers to start a conversation about mesothelioma and the need for research.

Miles for Meso races in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina and Florida have raised more than $100,000 for mesothelioma research since the program first started. This year one hundred percent of all funds raised at the South Florida race will benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to funding peer-reviewed research of mesothelioma and providing patient support programs for mesothelioma patients and their families.

To register visit www.accuchiptiming.com or www.active.com. The first 200 registrants via the Accuchip Timing site will win a pair of Tri Sport sunglasses.

Visit www.milesformeso.org, to find a Miles for Meso race near you or to learn how you can organize your own Miles for Meso race.


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Chrales Shaw posted on Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:29am.

Hats off to Larry. People like you give other fellow Mesothelioma affected people the encouragement not to buckle rather fight and emerge as a victor (survivor).

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