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All races will be VIRTUAL this year due to COVID-19. Pick your distance and run/walk at your own time/place.
Shirt deadline is September 30th!!
Sawyer Riggenbach is 7 years old from Canal Fulton and attends Orrville schools. His mom, Genet Riggenbach, teaches at Orrville schools. Their world was turned upside down in March when Sawyer was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma. In the words of his mom, this type "is a terribly fast producing lymphoma and its treatment is harsh and aggressive which often causes its patients to stay in the hospital more than they are home during treatments." They are currently in the hospital and Sawyer could use some prayers, as he is suffering the side effects of this disease and its treatment. But, he is a fighter.
About This Event:
13th Annual, fun-filled, family event created to raise money for leukemia research and benefit local families with leukemia. 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. Proceeds will go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help fund research for this disease and local families battling leukemia.
What will remain:
1. Age-Based Pricing: 17 and under get $5 off regular registration!
2. Running/walking events (virtually): 5K, 10K, 2-Mile Run/Walk (run/walk anytime...does not have to be on the actual race date, but see below for info on when you will receive your packet with bib, medal, etc).
3. Race Swag:
Every registered participant will receive a premium race shirt, custom race bib, and finisher's medal mailed to their home as part of their registration for the 2020 Rich Dalessandro Memorial. Must register by September 30th to get a t-shirt! All Race items will be mailed to registered participants starting October 23, 2020 and should arrive well in advance of the November 7, 2020 race date.
4. 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, 10k, or 2-mile run/ walk. 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 log your time! Team members should turn in their completion of event by the awards deadline.
Dominos is generously sponsoring Pizza Parties for winning teams! The biggest team gets a pizza party gift card and a plaque! The second and third biggest team will receive a pizza party gift card! AGAIN THIS YEAR: We will then draw one team from random to receive a pizza party gift card! 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.
Your team leader should create the team and then you can choose it from the dropdown list of existing teams so that no spelling errors occur! After clicking event to register, select your event from the dropdown menu. To be added to a team, you then must click the brown box titled "TEAM CHALLENGE" to the right of the screen. Select a team from the dropdown menu or create your own team.
5. Incentive Categories:
Everyone in the following categories gets a prize just for completing your event: Jogging Stroller, My 1st Race, Pregnant/Postpartum, Cancer Survivor, Wheelchair, and Child under 10 (does not include Kids Fun Run). Your prize will be mailed with your race swag.
6. Overall and Age-Group Awards (with some modifications):
You will have an opportunity to submit your finishing time, with verification, by NOvember 7 at 11:59pm and we will be posting official finisher's results on our site with overall and age group awards. Those winners will receive our coveted wooden awards via mail!
Top 3 overall male/female of the 5k, 10k, 2-Mile Run get a wooden plaque, a Vertical Runner gift cert., and a massage gift cert. Unique wooden medals created by Star Laser will be given to the first place finisher male/female in each of the following 5k, 10k, and 2-mile run/walk age groups: 9 & under (5k and 2-mile only), 10-19 (19 and under for 10k), 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 & older.
What will be NEW:
1. A Private Facebook group ONLY for registered participants will be created so that we can all connect virtually! Post pictures, encourage other runners/walkers, and stay connected in this time of social distancing. We'll make it fun and share members only info here.
2. TBA: working on special items for “goodie bag” to be shipped with race swag.
3. Photo Contest (with prizes!): details TBA but will have several categories for fall/turkey themes!
What will not return for 2020 (but will be back in 2021):
1. Start/finish at Dalton Elementary School with music blasted by Spark Entertainment. For this year, you'll run/walk your miles close to home on a route you choose!
2. Health & Fitness Expo
3. PR Bell and Certificates
5. FREE Kids' Fun Run – Tom Turkey will return!
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 the 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.)
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