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Festival of Miles – 10 years running!

We are just over two weeks away from the 2017 edition of Festival of Miles, and we hope you are making plans to join us! The meet will take place Thursday night June 1 at St. Louis University High School beginning at 6:30 p.m.

We can’t believe that we’re celebrating a decade of bringing the fastest, most exciting charity track meet to St. Louis. Together we can make FOM #10 the best yet.

At the heart of Festival of Miles’ mission is supporting an Athlete In Need each year. This year we are pleased to introduce Cassie Gorecki as the 2017 beneficiary of our June 1 event. Cassie is an athlete, Girls on the Run Coach and PE teacher at Shaw VPA in the St. Louis Public School District. Unfortunately, in December 2016 while 21 weeks pregnant Cassie was diagnosed with cancer. The large tumor (the size of a football) was located on her back and spine. Cassie decided to wait on surgery to give her baby the best chance for a healthy birth. A week after giving birth to baby Gus, she underwent a 10+ hour surgery to remove the tumor. As a result of the cancer and surgery, Cassie has an incomplete spinal chord injury resulting in paralysis from the naval down. She faces a long road of physical and occupational therapy, but she’s a fighter!

FOM2017buttonFestival of Miles is a success when our whole community pitches in! Want to know how your kids can participate? Registration for the GO! St. Louis Healthy Kids Mile (kindergarten through 5th grade) and Middle School Mile (6th – 8th grade) is in full swing. Be sure to sign your youngsters up for a mile race they’ll always remember.

Speedy middle schoolers wanting to be considered for the Jr. High Invitational Mile should sign up for the Middle School Mile. Invite milers will be notified of their acceptance race week.

Added in 2011, the Women’s 800 has quickly become a crowd favorite, with competitive fields, fast times and plenty of PRs!

Now is the time to spread the word to your family and friends so we can pack SLUH on June 1!