MELD to host Classic July 4th Run and Fun Walk

Rockford MELD, celebrating 25 years in the community, has announced their 14th Annual MELD Classic July 4th Run and Fun Walk, Tuesday, July 4th , with the Alan Hutchcroft Memorial 10K Run starting at 7 a.m., the 2-Mile Run starting at 7:05 a.m. and a 1-Mile Family Fun Walk starting at 8:30 a.m. Both runs and the walk will begin and end on Madison Street under the Jefferson Street bridge. The 10K Run is a Rockford Road Runner Circuit Race.

Entry fee for the 10K or 2-Mile Run is $20 per person. Rockford Road Runners fee is $18, student fee (18 years old and younger and The Wildcats) is $15. The 1-Mile Fun Walk entry fee is $10. After July 1, the 10K and 2-Mile Run fee is $25 and Fun Walk fee is $15.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three overall male and female 10K winners:

1st prize—$225, 2nd prize—$150 and 3rd prize—$75. A Masters Prize of $100 to be awarded to the Top Masters(40 years of age and older) Male & Female 10K finishers. Medal awards will be given to all 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the 10K and 2-Mile races in each age division.

Custom-designed 4th of July T-shirts to the first 400 entrants, goodie bags for all kids in the Fun Walk and lots of food and water for all! Door prizes drawn from entries received by the July 1 deadline. Registration forms available at the YMCA, Runner’s Image, Peak Fitness, the MELD office – 716 N. Church St., and at Packet pick-up and late registration (after July 1) is Tuesday, July 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Runner’s Image, 219 E. State St., Rockford, IL.

The event is sponsored by ASC, Clinkenbeard and Associates, Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Peak Fitness, Entre Computers, UPS, Runner’s Image, Jim Orlando Photography, WROK Radio and Rockford Register Star. Proceeds from the event will benefit MELD programs and services for families and youth.

For more information, call the MELD office at 965-8336 or go to

From the June 28-July 4, 2006, issue

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