Rich Dalessandro Memorial Fall Turkey 5K, 10K, 2 Mile Run/Walk, & Kids' Fun Run

Sat November 6, 2021 Dalton, OH 44618 US Directions
250 North Church Street
Dalton, OH US 44618
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The race is sold out!!!

**PACKET PICKUP will be Friday, November 5 from 4:30-6p and Saturday Nov 6 from 7:30am-8:45am. Pickup will be touchless and will be on the lawn in front of the gym (north side). 

We are LIVE and IN-PERSON this year!! Finisher medals for all!

Location: Dalton Elementary and Middle School. 250 North Church Street, Dalton. The 5k and 10k courses are USATF certified. 

Please note the staggered start of each race this year:

Kids Fun Run: 8:40am
2-Mile: 9am
5k: 9:15am
10k: 9:30am

About This Event:
14th 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.

Special Features: 

1. Age-Based Pricing: 17 and under get $5 off regular registration!

2. Running/walking events: 5K, 10K, 2-Mile Run/Walk, Kids Fun Run

3. VIRTUAL Run/Walk Category: For those who can't make it to the race, or are out of the area/state who want to help the cause. 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 Rich Dalessandro Memorial. Must register by September 30th to get a t-shirt! All Race items will be mailed to registered participants after the 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! Virtual team members should turn in their completion of event by November 5.

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 included with your race swag bag.

***Note: 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!

6. Overall and Age-Group Awards:
All runners and walkers preregistered by September 30 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. 
Top 3 overall male/female of the 5k, 10k, 2-Mile Run get a wooden plaque, and a Vertical Runner gift cert. Unique wooden medals created by Star Laser will be given to the top 3 in each of the following 5k and 2-mile run/walk age groups: 9U, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & older, and in the 10k in the following age groups: 14U,15-19,20-29,30-39,40-49,50-59,60-69,70 & older.

7. FREE Kids' Fun Run!
Tom Turkey returns!! The Kid's Fun Run is a free event for kids age 7 and under. Kids will run approximately 200-400 meters with Tom the Turkey, cross the race finish line, and get an award! Parents may run with their child in this event if they wish. Optional t-shirts are available for $5 each! (*Please note that sizes may vary to a larger size on race day depending on shirt inventory)

COVID-19 Updates:
Please know that we will be following all the recommended COVID-19 guidelines for our State of Ohio at the time of the event. Currently, they are not requiring proof of vaccination or negative test. They are also not requiring masks. We will support those who choose to wear a mask and those who do not, as this is an outdoor event. Packet pickup on race day will be outdoors and touchless. The races will be staggered start times for each event. We have set a cap on in-person participants. Any required modifications for our event will be posted in October or the week before the event.  If you feel sick, don't participate. If you've been exposed, don't participate. These measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of the participants, as well as to ensure that the event is able to happen. *In the case that the event has to be canceled, beyond our control, all registrations will be transferred to "Virtual Run Registrations."

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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