Who are Medical Laboratory Professionals?

Medical Laboratory Professionals are individuals who work in allied health in several capacities.

Laboratory assistants aid the clinical laboratory in several capacities including receiving samples, centrifuging and delivering samples, as well as sometimes performing phlebotomy.

Phlebotomists are medical professionals trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. Phlebotomists collect blood primarily by performing venipunctures, (or, for collection of minute quantities of blood, fingersticks).

A Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) also known as a Clinical Laboratory Technician is an allied health professional who holds a two-year associate degree. A Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) also known as  a Medical Technologist or Clinical Laboratory Scientist is an allied health professional who holds a four-year bachelor’s level degree. Both of these professionals analyze and test body fluids and tissues. This includes blood, urine, CSF, synovial fluid, all types of tissue samples, and almost any type of sample removed from a patient for testing. They are responsible for operating and maintaining complex analyzers that are used in a laboratory and ensuring the laboratory results of each patient are accurate and timely.

To learn more visit our about us page!


Who is ASCLS?




The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science or (ASCLS) is a professional organization that provides advocacy, standards setting, education (professional and continuing), personal and professional development for clinical laboratory science practitioners. To learn more visit: http://www.ascls.org/


What is a ‘virtual race’?
A virtual race unlike a traditional race can be run at any time during Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (April 19 through April 25 2020) and can be run anywhere. Participants can walk, use a treadmill, run outside, or even run in another race concurrently. Participants can perform this race at any speed they like.


Who is Medical Laboratory Professional Virtual Run for?
Anyone and everyone but especially for Medical Laboratory Professionals! All funds raised will go to travel grants which benefit medical laboratory professionals by allowing greater participation in ASCLS by attending the ASCLS Annual Meeting and Legislative Symposium. These travel grants allow attendance by students, new professionals, and new members who otherwise may not be able to attend.


How does a virtual race work?

A virtual race offers flexibility that traditional races are often unable to. Participants can run, jog, or walk anywhere they wish. The Medical Laboratory Professional virtual race can be completed anywhere at any time during Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (April 19 through April 25 2020). The Medical Laboratory Professional virtual race is an honor system so no proof is required however we encourage you to upload pictures and talk about your race experience on our Facebook page. All race participants will receive a finisher’s medal, custom race bib, and entry into our prize drawings. We encourage you to sign up early so you can share your photos on Facebook after completing your virtual race!


Why is the Medical Laboratory Professional week run being held as a virtual race?

In a nutshell because the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science is just that—a professional organization comprised of hardworking clinical laboratory professionals located all over the United States at all different places at all different times. Coordinating local runs would be impossible with our organization’s demographics. Holding the Medical Laboratory Professional Week Run as a Virtual Race provides flexibility in time, location, and allows for more professionals to participate. With the advent of the World Wide Web we can share our photos and participation stories on www.labweekrun.com and Facebook after the race.


Who can participate?

Anyone, everyone! We encourage medical laboratory professionals to participate but also to invite friends and family as well. There are no restrictions and no age limits. We are based in the United States but International participation is welcome as well!


Can I complete the race with a group? Do we get any discounts as a group?

Racing with groups is encouraged! Group discounts will return in 2020, more information to follow!


Do you have a flyer I can share with my hospital, school, or community?

Yes! Our 2019 Lab Week Run Flyer is located here, thank you for helping us spread the word!


Do I have to complete the distance all at one time or can I break it up into different days?

No, if you would like to complete your distance all at one time that is ok, and if you would like to complete the distance by breaking it up into different days that is ok too. For past Lab Weeks we have had participants complete the distance in many ways (and not everyone ran or walked, we have had hikers and participants in kayaks!)


When will I receive my finisher medal and race bib?

The 2020 Lab Week Run is shipping orders in real time until Lab Week or we sell out of race packets, whichever comes first. Be sure to confirm your shipping address is up to date through PayPal before ordering to avoid delays in delivery.


Do the medals come with a ribbon?

Yes! Every medal will come with a ribbon!


Where are race funds going?

Funds raised will benefit American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science’s Student Forum and the Ascending Professionals Forum (formerly the New Professionals New Members Forum)


More about ASCLS Student Forum and Ascending Professionals Forum (formerly New Professionals New Members Forum):
Purpose of the Student Forum and the Ascending Professionals Forum:

To engage and inform individuals new to the profession and ASCLS about the various opportunities that membership affords. Forum driven activities will support the needs and interests of Forum members.

The ASCLS Student Forum coordinates the involvement and interest of students of the medical laboratory profession in the Society.

The Ascending Professionals Forum (APF) (formerly the New Professionals and New Members Forum (NPNMF) addresses the needs of New Professionals and New Members while preparing participants for future roles in leadership.

Travel grants for Students, New Professionals, and New Members allow those who are just now starting out in their careers to have the means to attend and participate in ASCLS National Meetings and ASCLS Legislative Symposium who otherwise might not be able to be involved.


Can I have a Tax Receipt for a tax write off?
Unfortunately no, ASCLS is a nonprofit organization so we are unable to offer this.


What if I just want to donate without registering?
Donations are always appreciated and will benefit the ASCLS Student Forum and Ascending Professionals Forum Travel Grants which allow more students, new professionals and professionals new to ASCLS to get involved by attending Legislative Symposium held March 16 – 17, 2020 in Washington, DC or the ASCLS Annual Meeting held in Louisville, Kentucky June 28 – July 2, 2020

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I don’t live in the United States, can I still participate?
Possibly but in order to receive your package you must pay additional shipping costs. Please email us prior to signing up to determine if we are able to ship to your location and provide you with a shipping estimate.


Medical Laboratory Professionals working overseas on Military Bases are able to participate without emailing us as we are able to ship Lab Week Run Race Packets overseas to Military Bases for no additional fees (and several have participated from out of the country the last two lab weeks in a row including bases in Japan and Spain! Thank you for your service!)



Still have questions? Email us at admin@labweekrun.com and we will answer any questions you may have.