LOCATION - Dalton Elementary and Middle School! 250 North Church Street, Dalton. The 5k course is USATF certified.
8th Annual, fun-filled, family event created to raise money for leukemia research and benefit local families with leukemia. This is the race to be at this fall if you are looking to help a good cause, run/walk a fun course, and participate in fun fall festivities! We have a 5k, 2-Mile, a Kid's Fun Run and 25/50/10 bike rides to draw participants of all ages and abilities, plus tons of food, prizes, giveaways, one of the best goodie bags and a large health fair that has over 10 booths with tons of free information! YOU CAN ALSO ADD AN ADDITIONAL DONATION IF YOU WISH BY CLICKING ON THE DONATE TAB!
About This Event: This race was founded by the Dalessandro family in memory of their son and brother, Rich Dalessandro. Rich passed away after a strong battle with leukemia on April 29, 2007. The race will run throughout the Village of Dalton, where Rich was from. Proceeds will go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help fund research for this disease and local families battling leukemia.
New this year: 1. Age-Based Pricing!: 17 and under get $5 off regular registration!
2. VIRTUAL Run/Walk/Bike Category: By popular demand, we have added a VIRTUAL run/walk/bike category to the event list this year! Many are from out of state, or have friends/family who are out of the area who want to help the cause. Maybe you can't make it on race day this year, but still want to help the cause. Sign up for the VIRTUAL category and run/walk/bike on your own time, in your own area. Submit your time via email to the race director and we will mail you a finisher medal! This is a great way to help and participate, even if you can't physically be at the race. You must submit your time by 11:59PM on November 9. *Please note that there are no shirts, incentives, or goodie bags for this event. However, you will receive a finisher medal after completing your event. Be sure to sign up under the VIRTUAL RUN/WALK/BIKE category. ***Please also note that to be counted on a team for the Team Challenge, you must email the race director by Friday November 4 at 5pm that you completed your event and what your time was.
Want FREE ENTRY into the race?? Here's how:
Option #1: Become a Fundraiser! When registering for your event, click the option to "Become a Fundraiser" and be a part of Michele's Miles for a Cure! Once you raise $100, we will refund your entry fee into the race! But feel free to raise as much as possible! There will be a special plaque given to the participant who raises the most money! This category is an official part of our race and will be part of the proceeds raised for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and our local families. All funds raised should be submitted through the online fundraising option in order to have your entry fee refunded. Now family and friends can donate directly to you through this website! Quick and easy! (Please note the price increases over time. Registration fee will only be refunded in teh amount you originally paid. Processing fees are not included.)
Option #2: Refer 5 Friends: Choose this option when registering and you will be issued a coupon code. When 5 of your friends that you refer register under this coupon code, you will get free entry into the race! (Please note the price increases over time. Registration fee will only be refunded in the amount you originally paid. Processing fees are not included.)
Special Features: There will be fun for everyone with a DJ, raffles, donuts & cider, and much more! Post-race massages will again be offered this year to participants! There will be multiple basket raffles and you can purchase tickets to benefit the above mentioned causes.
25/50 mile bike ride and NEW this year, 10-mile Family Bike Ride! Again this year, we are teaming up with the cycling folks at Team in Training to offer this unique biking opportunity! We have listened to your feedback from last year and with new improvements to the layout of the bike events, you will not want to miss out! Both distances will be untimed and feature an awesome course through the countryside! Participants will pick up their registration packets in the gymnasium. Maps will be distributed and the course will be clearly marked. We will have water/food stations and SAG vehicles throughout the course. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED! Bikers can enjoy all the post-race festivities before or after their ride! All bikers will receive a t-shirt (short sleeve tech or long-sleeve cotton) and a bag! Bikers are also eligible for the incentive category: my longest bike ride! Everyone in this incentive category will get a prize. Be sure to visit the incentive booth at the race to pick up your prize. The 25 and 50 mile bike rides will be through the rolling countrywide, while the 10-Mile Family Bike Ride will be mainly on the Sippo Valley Trail.
FREE Kids' Fun Run! The Kid's Fun Run is a free event for kids age 6 and under. Kids will run approximately 200-400 meters with Tom the Turkey, cross the race finish line, and get an award and goodie bag! Parents may run with their child in this event if they wish. Optional t-shirts are available this year for $5 each! (*Please note that sizes may vary to a larger size on race day depending on shirt inventory)
ADDITIONAL FRIDAY PACKET-PICKUP: available from 5:30-7pm the day before the race on Friday, November 6! The Dalton Ruritans are also offering a spaghetti dinner from 5-7:30pm in the cafeteria by donation. All proceeds go to the race! Packet pick-up will also be available as usual on race day.
Team Challenge: Largest three teams win no matter the time or event! Gather up everyone you know to be on your team. Participants can do either the 5k, 2-mile run, 2-mile walk, or the 50/25/10 bike events. Each team member signs up individually for their event and can create/join a team when registering for the event. Get your friends and/or co-workers together, come up with a unique team name, and come on out! Team members must cross the finish line at the race to count!
The biggest team gets a family-style dinner at Das Dutch Kitchen and a plaque! The second and third biggest team will receive a pizza party. AGAIN THIS YEAR: We will then draw one team from random to receive a pizza party! So no matter what size your team is, you can still win! Gather up anyone you can find for your team, even if it is just a few people!
Top three teams will be listed on the results.
Team Name must be the same for all team members. Spelling Counts (ex. Smiths and Smith's are two different team names)!
Your team leader should create the team and then you can choose it from the list of existing teams so that no spelling errors occur!
Incentive Categories: We will award the top finishers in the following categories of both the 5k and 2-Mile: Jogging Stroller, My 1st 5k, Pregnant/Postpartum, Cancer Survivor, and Wheelchair. PLUS, everyone in these categories gets a prize just for showing up and running or walking! All bikers in the incentive category of My Longest Bike Ride get a prize!
Be sure to stop at the Incentive Category booth at the registration area on race day to pick up your prize!
If you enter the jogging stroller division (or bring your child in a stroller) please do not enter the child you are pushing in the race. We are awarding age group awards for young kids this year and don't want the results to be skewed. Thanks!
Awards/Giveaways: All runners and walkers preregistered by October 25 will receive a short-sleeve tech or long-sleeve cotton T-shirt. Shirts may still be available for those registering after this point, but there is no guarantee and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Overall winners of each event get a frozen turkey and 1-hr massage gift cert! Top 3 overall of the 5k, 2-Mile Run, and 2-Mile Walk get a plaque, a Vertical Runner gift cert and a massage gift certificate! Unique wooden awards created by Star Laser will be given to the top 3 overall in the categories Walkers, male/female 5k, & male/female 2-mile run and the top 3 in each of the following 5k and 2-mile run/walk age groups: 1-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70 & older. There will also be awards for the oldest and youngest participants. NEW THIS YEAR ARE MASTERS AWARDS for top 3 male/female 40 and over.
Participants can also enjoy donuts and cider, chocolate milk, apples/bananas & more, and will be entered into drawings for a variety of giveaways. Each participant will also receive a large “Goodie Bag.” Participants will also get a tear-off coupon for a free 6-inch sub at Subway!
PR Bell and Certificates: Again this year we will have a bell you can ring if you set a personal record (PR) on the course! Also, certificates will be available for those setting a PR! Certificates will be available after the race and we will sign it and put your name/time on the certificate.