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What is Elite Registration?

Posted on Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:45am

Miles for Meso is excited to announce a new registration category for this year’s Alton Miles for Meso this year called Elite Registration. Recommended guidelines for elite registration are that a runner should be able to complete the course with a time of around 15 minutes for men and around 17:30 for women.

Below is a short interview about elite registration with the Alton Race Director and President of the Metro TriClub Mike Wever.

Q: Why was the elite status added to this year’s Alton Miles for Meso event?

Wever: Including an elite race builds Miles for Meso’s credibility in the professional running community. Miles for Meso, from its inception, has distinguished itself from the other 5K fundraising races by being a timed-event that’s professionally organized by local sports and running clubs, and certified by the Road Runners Club of America.

This year, we’re building on the Alton race’s past success by taking the next step with the professional runners’ portion of the event and adding the elite category. This will in turn help promote the race’s objective to raise awareness of mesothelioma and bring us closer to a cure for mesothelioma. Basically, the strongest lungs in the nation will help bring awareness to the victims of mesothelioma, a devastating lung disease.

Q: Can anyone register as an elite runner?

Wever: Yes, but you should feel that you can run close to the above speeds to register as an elite. It takes years of running to reach this level. From what I’ve seen, most elite runners ran cross country and track in both high school and college. They’re most often working toward building a professional running career, already are professional runners or are even working toward making a possible Olympic attempt.

Q: What’s the difference between the Elite registration and the Age Group registration?

Wever: Only elite runners are eligible for the $6,000 in cash prizes. That’s why their registration costs more. The top three male and female age group winners of each age bracket will win a custom Miles for Meso backpack. In addition, the Alton Miles for Meso was also designated the RRCA Illinois State Championship Race. Illinois runners will also be vying for the title of RRCA Illinois State Champion in an open, master (40+), senior (50+), and senior grand master (60+) brackets.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Wever: The other unique opportunity that’s created with the elite category is that recreational runners will be able to say that they’ve competed with some of the best running talent in the nation. It’s comparable to going to Nascar, and instead of watching from the stands, actually driving the race with the pros. Not many sports provide that type of experience where you can quite literally rub elbows with these elite athletes.

For us regular runners, we have a great challenge course lined with historic homes, brick streets, and Mississippi River views. In addition, there will be refreshments and two $100 attendance prizes.

We appreciate everyone’s help in raising awareness for mesothelioma and hope that your heavy breathing on race day will bring us closer to a cure.

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