Register now to participate in the Meltdown 5K

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 2019 taking place Saturday, July 13, from 4 to 10 p.m. in Downtown Lakewood.

Sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center, the Meltdown 5K serves as a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive.  This 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.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 5K
The Meltdown 5K serves as a centerpiece of the Lakewood Summer Meltdown. (Cleveland Scene)

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.  Five-time Meltdown 5K champion Sarah Harbol recently claimed second place in the women’s division of the 2019 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.

For those Meltdown attendees, young and old, interested in a more relaxed exercise experience, the 1 Mile Family Fun Run and Walk, sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA and Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department, precedes the Meltdown 5K at 6 p.m.  This crowd-pleasing event is priced right at $12 per participant and intended for anyone to enjoy, attracting a large youth turnout.

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 Arthur and Marlowe.  The Summer Meltdown is a “something for everyone” event, offering numerous recreation and celebration opportunities, including the Meltdown 5K, 1 Mile Family Fun Run and Walk, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

For more information regarding the Lakewood Summer Meltdown, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit

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

Title Sponsor:
Melt Bar and Grilled

Gold Medal and Beer Garden Sponsor:
First Federal Lakewood

Gold Medal Sponsors:
Beat Cycles
City of Lakewood
Cleveland Property Management Group
Cuyahoga Community College
The Exchange

Meltdown 5K Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center 

1 Mile Family Fun Run and Walk Sponsors:
Lakewood Family YMCA
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department

Table Sponsor:
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty

Silver Medal Sponsors:
Bath Fitter
Blue Ridge Media Company
The Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company
Lakewood Public Library
Peace Racing
Universal Windows Direct
West Side Skates

Bronze Medal Sponsors:
The Lakewood Citizen
Profile by Sanford
Window Universe Cleveland