The Summer Sunrise Watermelon Race Series was born out of a desire to have low-cost local races during the hot summer months, when it can be hard to stay motivated. Now in its 22nd year, the series has become an established venue for competition and an annual celebration of fitness. It continues to be popular with both experienced and casual runners alike. Many of the local high school cross country teams use it as a tune up for their season. The series is comprised of three 5K (3.1 mile) races, each race hotter than the last. Your mission is to get faster with each race. So ask yourself: #CanYouBeatTheHeat
The Summer Watermelon 5k is run on a certified course (FL15070EBM). All races are chip timed. Cumulative results from the three races are used to determine official results.
Registrations are not refundable; a transfer policy will be implemented for 2017.
You may have a friend or family member pickup your packet.
Race Day Packet Pickup & Registration
5:45 to 6:45 am Saturday, June 10, July 8 and August 12
Lakeland Yacht Club Parking Lot
Shirts are only available for those who register for the series by June 10, and will be available at the final race packet pickup. Please select your shirt size during registration.
Men’s - XS,S,M,L,XL,2X
Women’s - XS,S,M,L,XL,2X
Please note you will not be able to switch your shirt size from the one you selected on your registration form at packet pick up. Switching shirt sizes may only be done after the race as supplies last.
Age Group Awards
Awards will be presented to the overall male and female using gun time. Chip time will be used for Overall Masters (40 and over), Grand Masters (50 and over) and top 3 finishers male and female in each age group.
Restrictions - Safety is our first priority!
Bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates, and dogs will be prohibited from the race course. The use of headphones is discouraged.
Our mission is to promote running, walking, and general fitness in group settings. Walkers are encouraged to participate in all races.
For their safety, children under 12 are strongly discouraged from lining up with the elite runners at the start line.
Stroller/jogger operators must start behind ALL runners. Our events are chip timed races so your official time will start when you go over the race mat not when the gun goes off. Stroller/jogger operators must yield the right of way to runners. Stroller/joggers can tip easily and cannot turn quickly. Please do not weave through packs of runners.
The Lakeland Runners Club, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), whose mission is to promote running, walking, and general fitness in group settings. We are a running family of more than 600 members that welcomes all ages, abilities, and distances to join us. We have several group runs during the week, one social meeting a month, and other non-running social outings throughout the year.
The Lakeland Runners Club puts on several events and programs throughout the year, including the Mayfaire 5k, the Summer Sunrise Watermelon 5k Series, the Aching Quad Challenge – Four Races in 24 Hours, the Lake to Lake 10k and the Christina 5k . Our events are a great chance to meet other people in the Central Florida running community, test your fitness level, compete and have fun. Come run with us!