Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 MeltFest “Hammy Hustle” 5K is unfortunately canceled.

Runners/walkers: Due to the continued danger that coronavirus (COVID-19) is posing, I have made the decision to cancel the shirt/medal pick-up time windows as communicated last week. I think the race shirt is one of the best yet and I am working on an alternative plan to get everyone their shirt, medal, and bib.  This may include mailing of items, dropping things off, or scheduling additional pick-up windows after we are on the tail side of this national emergency.  I will send individual emails as I work through the registration list.   Thank you for your patience. Talk or email soon.  And please stay safe. Brian

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  • Other Stuff.  Prairie Street Brewing, Co. has agreed to allow your “beverage ticket” to be redeemed at any point prior to April 30th, 2020.  In addition, the Rockford IceHogs are providing a voucher that can be redeemed for a seat at an October/November 2020 IceHogs game.
  • Virtual/self-directed run.  The goal of MeltFest was always to get people out and about.  We would love for you to snap a picture of yourselves running or walking a virtual/self-directed 5K and email pictures to [email protected].  Wear your medal, shirt, grab your group – or do something else silly and fun.  On March 31st, we will upload the photos to the MeltFest Facebook page with myself and other MeltFest volunteers, selecting the top 100+ photos (loosely sorted by age/gender) and notifying winners that they can lay claim to a free MeltFest drinking glass (the age group awards).  Pick-up details for these awards to be provided at a later date.  While we’re all bummed about missing the fun together on March 21, let’s try to make the most of this situation. Hopefully, all the fun pictures we will be able to post will bring a little cheer to the Facebook world.
  • Kids Run.  Similar to the virtual run.  If you had any kiddos that were planning to do the kids run, let us know when you pick up your shirt and medal and we will provide you with a kid award that you can give out at home.
  • Thank you for your support of this event. This year’s event was on track to be the largest number of registrants we would have ever had. We so appreciate you and your involvement in this event. Because of you all, we are still going to be able to donate $2,500 to local not-for-profit, NAMI Northern Illinois. 


THE 7TH ANNUAL MELTFEST “Hammy Hustle” 5K IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 21ST 2020 at 10:00 am. Check-in Begins at 8:00 am.

 Sign up for this exciting race today! All participants will receive an awesome race shirt, a finisher medal, post-race snacks, and a complimentary ticket to the 3/21 Rockford Icehogs gamePlus, the top three performers by age and gender groups will receive awards as well as top male and top female finisher awards!