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*USATF Course Certification #: AR19012WJT
From I-30 take Exit 30 onto AR-Hwy 32/73, and proceed southeast into Hope. Drive ~1.5 miles, then turn right at the 3rd stop light onto US-Hwy 67 (3rd St). Drive west 3 blocks and take a left onto Fulton St. Drive (Hwy 174 ) south for 1/2 mile until reach Park Dr. Turn right and the start/finish area is right before park entrance. .
Address: Mockingbird & Park Dr., Hope, AR
The Watermelon 5K was established in 1978 though in the first few years the race distance was 4 miles. The race has been part of the Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix Series since 1994.
The course for 2020 is part new and old. New for this year is the start leaving Fair park and going East on Park drive. Mostly flat with a few winding turns, then heading to Elm street going back north for two blocks lining up for the long straight away on Main.
Runners continue along Main St rewarded with a small gradual downhill until near the 1.5 mile point. Main St then moves gradually back uphill and the race route continues this gradual incline after making a right turn onto 16th street until just before the 2 mile marker.
At this point the course is gradually downhill until after the turn onto Grady Street, where the route levels off. The now weary runners will take Grady north to 7th Street where a left turn is made. The route angles to the southwest onto Park Dr. The road then turns back due west for the final straightaway. It is now time for the runners to begin their finishing kicks as the 3 mile marker and the finish line back in Fair Park are finally in sight!
For further information, contact:
Don Still, Race Director
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
Please read the Bib Attachment Instructions, the most important thing to remember is to have the bib attached to the front of you, shirt or shorts. That's where it works the best. If it is attached to your side I can not guarantee that I will pick up your time.
Instant results will not be done during the race. I will do a "push" at the end of the race. I feel it will be to confusing if you get a text that you're in 1st place after you cross and then when the race is finally done and results are officially posted and you end up and a later place than 1st, you'll be mad, yell at the timer, scream at the RD, etc. Thanks for your understanding.
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