Endorsed by Curators:
•Race hosted by the Melonvine Striders
•USATF Course Certification #: AR98008DLP
•Showers, Swimming, and Watermelon after the race
•Features a Melon Mile race for kids
•Race is part of Hope's annual Watermelon Festival
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 2nd street light onto US-Hwy 67 (3rd St). Drive west 3 blocks and take a left onto Fulton St. Drive south for 1/2 mile until reaching the start/finish area at Fair Park. There will be orange 5K signs directing the way as well.
Address: Fulton & 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 race starts on the eastern edge of Hope's Fair Park. After less than a tenth of a mile the route turns right onto 6th Street. Runners will encounter some gradual uphill on 6th St totaling a 30 foot rise. The race then turns right onto Main Street where runners will soon pass the one mile marker.
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