There are many ways to enjoy the upcoming Lakewood Summer Meltdown, but few compare to the thrill of participating in a large, urban road race. This opportunity presents itself during the Meltdown 5K presented by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood, as hundreds of participants will traverse the city’s streets before crossing the finish line at the edge of a vibrant street festival.
Sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, the Lakewood Summer Meltdown takes place on Saturday, July 8, in Downtown Lakewood. But before you lace up your running shoes and make your way to the starting line, here are five tips for running the Meltdown 5K (register now!):
1. Spend the Day Staying Properly Hydrated
Unlike most road races, which occur during the wee hours of the morning, the Meltdown 5K offers a unique starting time of 7 p.m. Consequently, you’ll be awake and capable of properly hydrating yourself on race day.
2. Participate in the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run
The 1 Mile Kids Fun Run – sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA – kicks off one hour prior to the Meltdown 5K at 6 p.m. If you’re like us, you’re likely a big kid at heart. But even if you’re too old to qualify as a kid and run this race, you can still participate by cheering and spectating during this event that always serves as a crowd-pleaser. (register here for the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run!)
3. Start Fast, But Don’t Zig-Zag
It’s neither a sprint nor a marathon; rather, the 3.1 miles encompassing the Meltdown 5K represent a happy medium. This fast course has a reputation for producing personal-best times, so you’ll need to start fast to stay near the lead pack. Still, it’s important not to zig-zag through the crowd early in the race, as this will waste precious energy. Instead, conserve this energy for the final mile, making your push at that time.
4. Be Prepared to Collect Some Swag
In addition to the winning male and female, the top three finishers from both genders of each age group will receive an award. But even if you’re not a speed demon, you still won’t leave this race empty-handed. Each participant receives a sleek Summer Meltdown runner t-shirt. And utilization of chip timing ensures you’ll have access to accurate race results.
5. Stay for the Post-Race Party!
As you cross the finish line and your runner’s high converts to post-race euphoria, there will be plenty of additional Lakewood Summer Meltdown festivities left for you to enjoy. First, cool off by running through the “Water Moose” sprinkler park. Then after you’ve sought nourishment from one of the local vendors or food trucks, visit the beer garden, sponsored by First Federal Lakewood. The combination of a choice beverage and live music from rock band Front Porch Lights represents the perfect way to celebrate the successful completion of the Meltdown 5K.
The Lakewood Summer Meltdown is generously supported by the following sponsors:
Melt Bar and Grilled
PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company
Meltdown 5K Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood
Beer Garden & Gold Medal Sponsor:
First Federal Lakewood
Gold Medal Sponsors:
City of Lakewood
Cuyahoga Community College
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation and Education Department
1 Mile Kids Fun Run Sponsor:
Lakewood Family YMCA
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty
Beer Garden Stage Sponsor:
The Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company
Silver Medal Sponsors:
Lakewood Urgent Care
West Side Skates
Bronze Medal Sponsor:
Ride + Workout
The Lakewood Citizen