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The 44th Annual Jack Gamble Melon Run, a July 4th Gainesville tradition!
This three-mile run hosted by the Florida Track Club is as much a part of the Fourth of July as BBQ and Fireworks. Enjoy the rolling hills on this course where age-group winners receive a watermelon! Age groupings for awards are in 10-year increments. Refreshments (most likely more watermelon) will be served to all runners after the race.
Register by June 15th, 11:59 PM if you want the option of selecting a tank top. Race tank tops will not be available to anyone who registers after June 15th, 2022. Price increases for the no tank-top registration after June 15th, and increases again after June 26th.
FTC Members: Please log in to your FTC account and check this page for the code for discounted entry. There is a box to enter the discount code on the page where you provide your payment information. If you are not a member yet, you can join the Florida Track Club and participate in the numerous races and track meets we have planned this year. Individual yearly membership is only $30, family membership $40, and student membership $15. See the full FTC Schedule below (9 free races and 3 with discounts each year).
Age-based pricing: Children 12 and under have a reduced entry fee of $25 for regular registration and $15 for the 'no tank top' option. The reduced price will be automatically applied based on the age of the child on July 4, 2022. If you have a family membership, your children are also eligible for the additional member discount.
The race starts at 8:00 AM at Albert "Ray" Massey Westside Park
1001 NW 34th Street Gainesville, FL 32605
Bib pick-up will begin at 7 AM at Westside Park at the basketball courts near the west parking lot. Race day registration is ONLY online. Up through 7:30 AM on race day, you may register on your computer, or on your phone, and then ask for your bib. There will be NO human being that will assist you with registration. We WILL NOT, be handling race day registration. We will not accept paper registration or in-person payments.
The Florida Track Club is sponsored by UF Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute.
The course will be slightly different this year because the pool is under renovation and the pool parking lot is closed. The race will begin on NW 31st drive, similar to previous years, but will finish in the west parking lot. Bib pickup will be at the picnic shelter near the finish line.
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