Professional runners announced for MELD Classic July 4 Run

Staff Report

Rockford MELD and the MELD RUN Committee have announced that the Twigg Sport Management Group is sending two of its top athletes to run in the MELD Classic July 4 Run this year.

Professional runners Andrea Rediger and Sean Smith will be competing in the event this year.

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, “Our committee has put together a top notch race with amenities not found at other races in the area. We hope 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 run.”

The MELD race starts on N. Madison Street in front of the Trolley Station near the Ice House.

The 8K race starts at 7:00 a.m. followed by the two-mile race at 7:10 a.m. The one-mile walk starts at 8 a.m.

Proceeds from the run & walk will benefit the Rockford MELD, a non-profit agency in the community that provides programs for young parents and their children.

For more information or to register visit rockfordmeld.org and Facebook at Rockford MELD.

Registration forms available at the YMCA, 200 Y Blvd.; Runner’s Image, 219 E. State St.; Peak Sports Club, 4304 E. State and 4401 Peak Dr. in Loves Park locations; Kegel’s Bicycle Store, 2605 Charles St. and the MELD office, 107 N. 3rd St.

 

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