Professional Runners, Andrea Rediger and Sean Smith will compete in this year’s event. Rediger is resident of Minneapolis, a native of Rockford and has personal bests of 17:08 for 5k and 35:52 for 10k. She has been a previous winner of the State Street Mile in Rockford and this year has won the Goldy's Ten Mile run in Minneapolis and finished 2nd at the Fargo Marathon.
Smith is a resident of Winnebago, IL. and just graduated from Lewis University. He has personal bests of 4:15 for the mile, 14:29 for 5k and 24:51 for 8k. In his first pro race he won the Ridge Run 5k in Chicago.
Race Director, Mike Broski states that “this is exactly what we were hoping for. Our committee has put together a top notch race with amenities not found at other races in the area. We were hoping to draw top notch talent to compete for the prize money. Andrea and Sean will be tough to beat, but I believe that there is a lot of great local talent that will give them a good race.”
The MELD race starts on N. Madison Street (in front of the Trolley Station) near the Ice House. The 8K race starts at 7:00AM followed by the 2 Mile race at 7:05AM. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Rockford MELD, a non-profit agency in the community that provides programs for young parents and their children. For more information, please go to www.rockfordmeld.org.
*WIN CASH JUST FOR RUNNING – Two runners can win CASH just for running the MELD 8K or 2 Mile Run. Complete the 8K or 2 Mile Run and be present at Awards Ceremony immediately following races for a chance to win (random draw). $200 Prize for one 8K Run runner and one 2 Mile runner.
PRIZE MONEY will be awarded to the top 3 overall Male and Female 8K winners:
1st prize - $225, 2nd prize - $150 and 3rd prize - $75 and to the top 3 overall Male
and Female 2 Mile winners - 1st prize-$100, 2nd prize-$50 and 3rd prize-$25.
MASTERS PRIZE MONEY - $100 to be awarded to the Top Masters (40 years of age and older) Male & Female 8K and $50 to the Top Masters Male & Female 2 Mile winners. Medals will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the 8K and 2 Mile races in each age division.
Chip Timing for both races and T-shirts for the first 600 run entrants. Lots of Food (Chick-Fil-A and Zammuto’s Granitas), Snacks, Fruit and Water. Goodie bags for the kids. Ribbon for all kids that participate in the Walk. Door prizes drawn from entries received by the July 2 deadline.
Register for the MELD Run or Walk online at www.rockfordmeld.org, Registration forms available at the YMCA, Runner’s Image, Peak Sports Club (both locations), Kegel’s Bicycle Store, the MELD office – 3703 N. Main St., and at www.rockfordmeld.org.
Late registration and T-Shirt/packet pick-up is Thursday, July 3 from 3:00-7:00PM
at the Log Lodge – YMCA – 200 Y. Blvd, Rockford, IL 61107.
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