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Burke Lake Park, Virginia

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The John Pavlick Miles for Meso 8k Returns Sept. 14, 2014! Register Today!

Presented by Simmons Hanly Conroy, the first John Pavlick Miles for Meso 8K & Family Fun Run took place on Mesothelioma Awareness Day, Sept. 26, 2010, around beautiful Burke Lake Park. The Pavlick family hosted their Miles for Meso run and fun walk in honor of their husband & father, John Pavlick. Through their work, they raised more than $13,000 to help other families and individuals impacted by a mesothelioma diagnosis that first year. Since then, the race has raised nearly $50,000 for mesothelioma research.

The 4th John Pavlick Miles for Meso 8K race will take place Sept. 14, 2014, and will once again benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting mesothelioma research and providing patients with support services.

Click here to register for the Pavlick Miles for Meso 8K Race Online!

Race Information

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Packet pick up/ Race day registration from 6:30 a.m. through 7:30 a.m. EST
Family Fun Run/ Strollers welcome 2K @ 8:00 a.m. EST
Timed 8K @ 8:30 a.m. EST


Burke Lake Park
7315 Ox Road
Fairfax Station, VA
Take your first left upon entry into the park and take a right into first parking lot. You will see the S/F line.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup on Race Day ONLY. Pickup between 6:30 -7:30 a.m. @ Start/Finish area

Registration Fees

8K Run entry fee is $25 and includes T-shirt. ONLY THOSE REGISTERED BY SEPTEMBER 2ND WILL BE GUARANTEED A T-SHIRT. Race Day signup runs from 6-7 a.m. fee will raise to $35. Family Fun Run Walk is a $10 donation for individuals or $20 for an entire family (regardless of size) but does NOT include T-shirst.

Send Mail-in registrations to:
8804 Barn Owl Court
Gainesville, VA 20155

Download the Mail in Registration PDF.

Please make checks payable to:
The Meso Foundation


8K: Top 2 Overall, Top 2 Age Group, 12 & Under, 13-14 yrs, 15-18 yrs, 19-29 yrs, 30-39 yrs, 40-49 yrs, 50-59 yrs, 60 & Up Awards ceremony immediately upon conclusion of 8K!

Click here to register for the Pavlick Miles for Meso 8K Race Online!

The Story Behind the John Pavlick Miles for Meso Race

Every morning, Ogla & John Pavlick would start their day by walking around Burke Lake in Burke, Virginia. It was their special time together.

In July 2008, John was diagnosed with both peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. He died less than six months later.

Afterward, Olga told her daughter-in-law Sarah, “I’d really like to do a walk” at the lake. Sarah turned to the Internet and a few Google searches later she found Miles for Meso. As she read the web site, she remembered thinking, “this is exactly what we wanted to do.” She filled out the contact form and Theresa soon responded.

"I was just so excited to find somebody who was willing to help,” Sarah said.

Learn more about John Pavlick and his family's commitment to beating mesothelioma by clicking here to go to the John Pavlick Miles for Meso personal web page!