Hope Watermelon 5K

Sat August 8, 2020 Directions
Events

5k Runner

$25 7:30AM CDT Registration ends August 5, 2020 at 6:00pm CDT

5k Walker

$25 7:30AM CDT Registration ends August 5, 2020 at 6:00pm CDT

5k Wheelchair

$25 7:25AM CDT Registration ends August 5, 2020 at 6:00pm CDT
Place
Mockingbird and Park Drive
Description

•Race hosted by the Melonvine Striders

*Arkansas 5K State Championship Race

-High School Track:  Girls / Boys Team Competition

•USATF Course Certification #: AR19012WJT

COVID-19 GUIDELINES

Our race will be revised due to Covid-19.  Please read the following and we will update as needed.  

Start

This year's race will start in waves.  You will be assigned a corral so that you may social distance 6 feet.  When the first corral runs over the starting mat, the next groups will move up a corral and wait to start.  You will wear a mask to the start, but may take it off while running.  

Before and After Race

While waiting for the race to start and after you finish, we recommend you wear a face mask and social distance.  We will have numerous sanitizing stations available at the Park.  

Out on the Course

Practice 6 foot social distancing and try not to come into contact with other runners.  

Awards

Overall Top 3 Male and Female in Open and Masters.  Top Male & Female Grandmasters and Senior. Overall top 3 Male and Female Walkers, Top 3 Wheelchairs,  High School Track team award Girls / Boys.  Awards are given 3 deep in the following age groups: 0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and over.  We will not have a ceremony this year, but will mail awards to winners.  

REGISTRATION WILL END WED, AUGUST 5 AT 6:00 PM.

NO DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION THIS YEAR.  

The Melon Mile race will be postponed until 2021. 

Directions to the Starting Line

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

Race History

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.

Course Description  

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
870-777-1917
Email

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