Meltdown 5K Features Unique Evening Race, Festival at Finish Line

Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center Serving as Meltdown 5K Title Sponsor

Believe it or not, running can be fun.  This is especially true in the case of the Meltdown 5K, a centerpiece of LakewoodAlive’s Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018 taking place Saturday, July 14, from 4 to 10 p.m. in Downtown Lakewood.

The Meltdown 5K is sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center. (Photo by Alex Belisle Photography)

Sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center, the Meltdown 5K serves as a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive.  This ever-popular staple of the Summer Meltdown sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled draws hundreds of participants annually – and for good reason.

In addition to the usual race perks (fast course, chip timing, official race t-shirt and prizes for top finishers), the Meltdown 5K offers a unique opportunity to participate in an evening race (7 p.m. start) with live music, food vendors and a beer garden stationed at the end to reward you for your efforts.  The course also offers participants views of Lakewood’s historic neighborhoods and a glimpse at Lake Erie at the turnaround point.

While the Meltdown 5K appeals to casual participants looking to get some exercise prior to enjoying other aspects of the Summer Meltdown festival, it also has proven popular among more serious runners.  Four-time Meltdown 5K champion Sarah Harbol recently won first place in the women’s division of the 2018 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.

Meltdown 5K

The Meltdown 5K features a festival at the finish line to reward participants for their efforts. (Photo by The Lakewood Citizen)

For those with young runners in their household, the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA precedes the Meltdown 5K at 6 p.m.  This crowd-pleasing event is intended for runners age 12 and under, though parents can accompany their future track stars on the course.

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 the Meltdown 5K, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

For more information regarding Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/Meltdown.

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
Melt Bar and Grilled

Platinum Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center

Gold Medal Sponsors:
Beat Cycles
City of Lakewood
Cuyahoga Community College
The Exchange
First Federal Lakewood
Perry’s Ice Cream

Meltdown 5K Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center 

1 Mile Kids Fun Run Sponsor:
Lakewood Family YMCA

Table Sponsor:
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty

Silver Medal Sponsors:
The Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company
Jen Hearn Photography
Peace Racing
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department
Textbook Painting
thunder::tech
West Side Skates

Bronze Medal Sponsors:
2nd Sole
The Lakewood Citizen
Tomorrow’s Leaders (The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern Ohio)
Window Universe