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Get Ready for the 6th Annual Alton Miles for Meso

**Save the Date!!! Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 8:30 AM**

The Alton Miles for Meso 5K Run & 2K Fun Run/Walk will return Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Mark your calendars now. Stay connected with the Miles for Meso community throughout the year by "liking" the Miles for Meso Fan Page on Facebook.

Miles for Meso is a 5K race and 2K fun run/walk  held less than 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis in historic Alton, Illinois. This exciting event takes place in September in celebration of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Presented by the Simmons Firm and coordinated by the Metro Tri Club, all proceeds from the event are donated to mesothelioma research. The 2013 race raised approximately $25,000 for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.


The Alton race is considered the flagship event for Miles for Meso. Since the Illinois river town hosted the first Miles for Meso race in 2009, the Alton race has raised $125,000 for mesothelioma research.

“It’s our goal to continue to use the Alton race as springboard for other races around the country,” said Mike Wever, Alton Race Director & president of the Metro Tri Club, the sports club organizing the event.

In 2011, Alton Miles for Meso organizers decided to expand the race to attract elite runners from around the world. Five times more prize money – totaling $6,200 was awarded to the top 5 runners in both the men's and women's elite divisions. Since then runners from around the world have traveled to Alton to compete in the Alton Miles for Meso race.

For more information, questions or to learn more about elite category, send an e-mail to or contact Race Director Mike Wever at 314-712-6629.


The Simmons Firm, across from Marquette Catholic High School
One Court Street, Alton, Illinois, 62002
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2014 Registration

Age Group 5K & Walker Registration

Registration for the 6th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 2K Fun Run/Walk will open soon. Be sure to check back soon for updates.

Elite Registration

Interested runners must email their credentials to Race Director Mike Wever at Additional details for elite runners including qualifying times, course bonuses and the elite race registration package can be found on the Miles for Meso Elite Race Page.

2013 Race Times

Age Group 5K Run & 2K Fun Run/Walk beings @ 8:30 a.m.
Elite 5K Race beings @ 9:30 a.m.

2013 Prizes

Elite athletes will race for a $10,000 purse this year. The most ever for a Miles for Meso race. The top TEN 5K Elite Race finishers in both the elite men’s and women’s categories will receive the following cash prizes:

1st Place - $2,000
2nd Place - $1,000
3rd Place - $750
4th Place - $500
5th Place - $250
6th - $100
7th - $100
8th - $100
9th - $100
10th - $100

More information for Elite Runners >>>


2012 Miles for Meso Race Wrap-Up

The 2012 Alton Miles for Meso 5K Raced raised a total of $25,000 for mesothelioma research.

More than 700 people registered to walk or run in the 2011 Alton race, which took place in conjunction with Mesothelioma Awareness Day. In Nov. 2010, the U.S. Congress passed a proclamation designating Sept. 26 as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day, a day to learn more about mesothelioma, a terminal lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Nearly 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with this rare disease every year.

Firm Chairman John Simmons presented a check for $25,000 to Mary Hesdorffer, the director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, and mesothelioma survivor Julie Gundlach. Hesdorffer said the money will help support research grants the foundation awards to doctors conducting peer-reviewed research of mesothelioma and will help support patient resources offered through the foundation’s website

The money was raised through a combination of registration fees, personal donations and sponsorships, including the event's Gold Sponsors: Fathom Online Marketing, First Clover Leaf Bank, and Jenner & Block.

New to this year's race, event organizers seperated the Age Group 5K and Elite 5K into two seperate events. Race Director Mike Wever said he had several people tell him they enjoyed the unique chance to watch the elite runners compete. About 25 elite men and women runners attended the race and raced for the $6,200 purse.

In the women's elite division, Hirut Mandefro, of Ethiopia, claimed first place with a time of 16:08. She set a new course record, surpassing the previous record of 16:16 set by Stephanie Pezzullo in 2011 by eight seconds. Mandefro received an additional $500 bonus for setting a new course record.

“The Elite women runners were considerably faster this year,” said Wever. “Not only was a new course record set for the women, but all top five runners scored faster times than the top five runners from 2011.”

Chemtai Rionotukei, of Kenya, took second with 16:14, also surpassing the old course record.  Marion Kandie, of Kenya, placed third with 16:35; Lydia Kosgei, of Kenya, took fourth at 16:36; and Rebeka Stowe, of the United States, placed fifth with 16:42.

For complete race results, visit the Miles for Meso Race Results Page.

The Alton Miles for Meso 5K Run & 2K Fun Run/Walk will return Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Mark your calendars now. Stay connected with the Miles for Meso community throughout the year by "liking" the Miles for Meso Fan Page on Facebook.

2013 Miles for Meso Sponsors

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors Jenner & Block, Fathom, the Tedrick Group, Acroplis Tech Group and First Clover Leaf Bank for renewing their commitment to sponsor the 5th Annual Alton Miles for Meso Race. In addition, thank you to first time sponsor Stratos Legal for their support at the Gold Level. It's thanks to the support of companies like them that Miles for Meso and the Simmons Firm is able to host such a sucessful event year and after year.




For more information about the 2013 sponsors or to become a sponsor click here >>>


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