Melt the Trail 5K, 10K returns for fifth year

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The City of Westfield is again playing host to one of its winter events, the Feb. 23 Melt the Trail 5K and 10K race through Grand Park.

The route has been amended for both races to take runners or walkers along the newly completed portion of the Monon Trail up to 199th Street. The race starts at 9 a.m. at Grand Park Events Center, 19000 Grand Park Blvd.

“We wanted to add the Monon Trail extension to the course because it provides canopy, so if it’s cold out, hopefully it’ll block the wind, and it’s prettier,” Director of Westfield Welcome Angie Smitherman said.

Because the race has been pushed further into February in hopes of better weather, the event will not be Valentine’s Day themed as in previous years. Smitherman said participants can wear their favorite winter-themed running outfits. And because the start and finish lines are outside, there will be no pre- or post-race activities.

“Grand Park has a beautiful trail system,” Smitherman said. “We encourage (participants) to come out and melt the trail. You can get active all year long.”

5K prices are $30 but will increase to $35 Feb. 17 and will rise to $40 Feb. 23. 10K prices are $35 and will increase to $40 Feb. 17 and will rise to $45 Feb. 23.

Runners and walkers will be timed on both routes. The city is still searching for volunteers. For more, visit westfieldwelcome.com

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