45th Annual Jack Gamble Melon Run

Tue July 4, 2023 Gainesville, FL 32605 US Directions


1001 NW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL US 32605


The 45th 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.

We'll also host a 1/2 mile run run for the kids. And new this year we'll have a watermelon eating contest! After the running is complete, stick around to see who's crowned not only King and Queen of the races, but also crowned fastest watermelon eater. 

Register by Sunday June 18th, 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 18th, 2023. Price increases for the no tank-top registration after June 18th 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. A box to enter the discount code is 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 $40, family membership $65, and student membership $25.  Senior membership (65+) is $25 for individual and $40 for a family. Please email us to set up Senior membership. 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 child's age on July 4, 2023. Your children are eligible for the additional member discount if you have a family membership.

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 in front of the pool near the finish line (on the east side of the park). Race day registration is ONLY online. Up through 7:30 AM on race day, you may register on your computer or 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.

UF Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute and UCAN Energy Gels sponsor the Florida Track Club. 

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