The fourth annual MELTFEST, a local annual Rockford event celebrating the end of winter and the melting together of the community, will feature the “Hammy Hustle” 5K which provides entrants the opportunity to run/walk a 5K route that takes them over the Morgan Street Bridge, past the new downtown Sports Factory, and for the first time THROUGH the BMO Harris Bank Center. The route takes competitors past the ice where the IceHogs play and continues through downtown Rockford. The course starts and finishes at the historic Prairie Street Brewhouse.
All participants will receive a commemorative shirt, be eligible to lay claim to a complimentary ticket for that evening's IceHogs game (7 p.m. vs. Grand Rapids), receive additional discounts to the IceHogs game on March 25, plus a few other surprises. All complimentary tickets must be redeemed in advance. Registration is open and participants can enter the race for $30 ($15 for youth) at: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Rockford/MELTFEST5K
A portion of proceeds from this year’s event will be awarded to The Rockford Cosmopolitan Club whose club’s mission is supporting efforts to prevent and find a cure for diabetes, while also supporting the well-being of the local community through charitable donations and volunteer service.
The 5K kicks off a day-long celebration at the Prairie Street Brewhouse and features a wide range of free activities for attendees to participate in, including ice skating, trolley rides (weather permitting), live music, kids activities, magic shows, science shows, mascot and character appearances (including HAMMY!), vendors, fun run, and bike rides.
For more information about the MELTFEST event, visit www.meltfest.com or call Brian at 815-978-4228.
Directions: Prairie Street Brewing Co., 200 Prairie St., Rockford, IL 61107: From the East --- Take East State Street heading West toward the river. Turn right on Jefferson, then right on 1st street. At the second intersection, turn left on Prairie Street. Proceed across Madison Street and the building will be ahead on your right. The event entrance is on the North side of the building. ---- From the North --- Take IL251/North Second Street south, past Sinnissippi and the Nicholas Conservatory. Turn right on Y Blvd and follow that as it curves to the left and turns into Madison Street. Proceed down Madison Street and turn right at either Hill or Prairie Street. The event entrance is on the North side of the building (adjacent to Hill Street).