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Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018
July 14 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
* Online registration for the Meltdown 5K and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run has closed. Day-of registration begins today at 4 p.m. at the intersection of Detroit and Belle Avenues.
The biggest block party in the neighborhood is poised to heat up Lakewood this summer once again! Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018, sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, returns to Downtown Lakewood for its ninth year on Saturday, July 14 from 4 to 10 p.m.
The Summer Meltdown represents one of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties. A summertime celebration of our city’s vibrancy, this free community event draws more than 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood each July.
This fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood between Marlowe and Mars. The Summer Meltdown is a “something for everyone” event, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.
Families will love the street festival component, which features vendor tents from 70+ businesses and nonprofit organizations, many of which offer interactive opportunities. Activities range from the “Water Moose” sprinkler park to exercise demonstrations to a skateboard park sponsored by West Side Skates.
The ever-popular Meltdown 5K sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center serves as a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive. This staple of the Summer Meltdown draws hundreds of participants annually, as it features a fast course, chip timing, a t-shirt for participants and prizes for top finishers. Both this running event and the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA afford participants a rare opportunity to partake in an evening race.
Local brews available in the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden sponsored by First Federal Lakewood will complement dining options from vendors and food trucks. Live music by crowd-pleasing alternative rock band Front Porch Lights on the Meltdown Stage sponsored by The Exchange, The Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company and Textbook Painting will delight the crowd as dusk turns to nightfall in beautiful Downtown Lakewood.
Summer Meltdown 2018 Schedule of Events:
4-7:30 p.m. – Meltdown Street Festival
4 p.m. – Race-day registration begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle avenues
5-10 p.m. – Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden sponsored by First Federal Lakewood
6 p.m. – 1 Mile Kids Fun Run sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle avenues
7 p.m. – Meltdown 5K sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle avenues
7 p.m. – Live music by alternative rock band Front Porch Lights on the Meltdown Stage sponsored by The Exchange, The Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company and Textbook Painting
8:30 p.m. – Meltdown 5K Awards Ceremony held at the Race Result Tent sponsored by The Exchange (in front of Forage), where Master of Ceremony Sarah Horbol, a four-time Meltdown 5K champion, will hand out race awards to each age group
9:30 p.m. – Drawing for Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle presented by Beat Cycles takes place on the Meltdown Stage
Meltdown 5K Registration & Packet Pickup:
Pre-registration will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on July 12
Buy early and save!
$28 race day
Early packet pickup is Friday, July 13, from 5 to 7 pm at 2nd Sole Lakewood
(last chance for pre-sale rate)
Race-day registration on July 14 opens at 4 p.m. at the intersection of Belle and Detroit avenues
1 Mile Kids Fun Run ($12) – 6 p.m. start
Meltdown 5K – 7 p.m. start
View the Meltdown 5K route map
Race results will be made available online and at the Race Result Tent sponsored by The Exchange
Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle:
LakewoodAlive is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle presented by Beat Cycles. This raffle offers contestants an opportunity to win one of two Cannondale Quick 5 Disc bicycles valued collectively at more than $1,300. New this year: Beat Cycles will fit the lucky pair of raffle winners to bikes of the proper size.
Bike enthusiasts are invited to visit lakewood-summer-meltdown-bike-raffle.eventbrite.com to secure raffle tickets in advance for two separate drawings (for both female and male bike models) now through July 13. Tickets, priced at 1 for $10 or 3 for $25, are also available for purchase at Beat Cycles.
Tickets will also be available at the Beat Cycles Tent during the Summer Meltdown on July 14. The raffle drawing will be held at 9:30 p.m. on the main stage. Contestants need not be present to win, and both winners will also receive the opportunity to visit Beat Cycles for a complimentary bike helmet, riding lights, water bottle and bottle cage.
Vendor spots for the street festival are now sold-out. Thank you for your interest in the Summer Meltdown!
Lakewood Summer Meltdown News:
July 5, 2018 – 20 Reasons to be Excited for Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018
June 27, 2018 – It’s About to Get Hot: Lakewood Summer Meltdown Returns July 14
June 21, 2018 – LakewoodAlive Announces Summer Meltdown Bike Raffle with Beat Cycles
June 13, 2018 – 5 Tips for Running the Meltdown 5K
May 29, 2018 – Meltdown 5K Features Unique Evening Race, Festival at Finish Line
May 9, 2018 – Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018 to Heat Up City on July 14
April 18, 2018 – Melt Bar and Grilled Named Title Sponsor for Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018
Gold Medal Sponsors
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1 Mile Kids Fun Run Sponsor:
Silver Medal Sponsors
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