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A Letter to Alton Miles for Meso Participants About Early Packet Pick Up

Posted on Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:02am

Thank you for registering for the 4th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 2K Family Fun Run. This year looks to be our best year yet with more than 600 participants already registered.

Early Packet Pickup

Early pickup is also available for both runners & walkers on Friday, Sept. 21 at the reception desk at the Simmons Law Firm building, 1 Court Street, during regular business hours. On race day, check-in and packet pickup lasts from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. at the Registration Tent located in the parking lot directly across from Marquette High School on the corner of Fourth & Court streets. Included in your registration packet is a silver, long-sleeved Miles for Meso T-shirt, your race number, and a race packet filled with sponsor goodies.

Race Day Parking

Parking on race day is available in several lots located north of the Simmons Firm building at the corner of Easton & Court streets, along Alby Street between E. 3rd and E. 5th streets and at Alton City Hall, 101 E. 3rd Street. Additional angled public parking is available along Market & E. 4th streets. Click here to view a parking map.

Alton’s brick streets, rolling hills and scenic Mississippi River view make the Miles for Meso course popular with both runners and walkers. (Take a video tour of the course!) Due to some overlap of the 5K Run and the 2K Walk courses, some areas have 2-way traffic.  Be cautious of on-coming traffic in these areas. Course Marshalls and signs will be placed along the course to help direct traffic, but please still take extra precaution along the 2-way runner traffic areas.

Safety Announcements

The Alton Police Department will direct traffic and close some streets along the course. The 5K route will be marked in ORANGE, including arrows spray painted on the ground and coordinating signs along the course. The 2K course will be marked with BLUE arrows and coordinating blue signs. As another safety precaution, please leave your pets & headphones at home. They are NOT allowed. In addition, please limit stroller use on the course. If you plan to walk with a stroller, please be courteous by using the sidewalks.

So the Age Group runners can watch the Elite runners, we’ve separated them into two events. The Age Group 5K will begin at 8:30. The Elite race will follow at 9:30 a.m. If you are an age group runner and still on the course past 9:30 please step off the course if you encounter the lead vehicles for the elite race.

Thank you, once again, for your participation in this year’s Alton Miles for Meso race. Your support will help fund cancer research for mesothelioma, a rare and preventable cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Last year, we raised $25,000 for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, and, with your help, we’re hoping to once again make a difference in the fight against mesothelioma.

If you have any additional questions or concerns before Saturday, send an e-mail to or call our toll free number 1-877-304-MESO (6376).

See you on race day!

Mike Wever
Race Director

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