Can You Handle The Heat? Lakewood Summer Meltdown 5K Run

Can you handle the heat? Why not put yourself up to the challenge at the second annual Lakewood Summer Meltdown 5K on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Come race on a flat, fast course through the beautiful, scenic streets of Lakewood. I ran in the inaugural race last summer and can attest to what a relaxed and fun race it is. I had a great time with friends at the race and post-race party last year and decided to get more involved as both a runner and a volunteer this year. The race is a unique way to experience Lakewood’s charm as well as a chance to meet some fellow runners in the area.

 If the race itself is not enough to entice you, let it be the free food, beer and great entertainment that will await you at the finish line. We are excited to have The Burning River Ramblers rock the streets of Lakewood for the night. And if running is not your thing, you are still welcome to join in the free admission post-race party. There will be a variety of food and beverages available as well as a free photo booth to get pictures taken with your family and friends.

 The race begins at the corner of Detroit and St. Charles Avenues. Start time is 7pm with race-day registration and packet pick-up beginning at 6pm at the same intersection. Come downtown early and check out the Lakewood Streetwalk “Active-living” programs from 4 to 7pm along Detroit Avenue. Early race packet pick-up will be available July 21 and July 22 from 4 to 7pm behind Melt (14725 Detroit Avenue). An awards ceremony will follow the race with awards given to the first male and female finishers as well as to the top 3 in each gender age group. All runners will receive a T-shirt and goodie bag. For more information, visit  or register online at  by July 22.

Run, volunteer or cheer! We hope to see you downtown Lakewood on the 23rd.

Jackie Finefrock

My husband and I recently bought our first house in Lakewood after living on the Gold Coast for 4 years. I just got involved with the Lakewood Alive group and am on the committee for the Summer Meltdown 5K.

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