Run For The Melon Race - Watermelon Day
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Run For The Melon is a USATF sactioned and certified event.

The Run for the Melon 5K and 10K Walk/ Run is located on the Otter Trail Scenic Byway in Vining, Minnesota. The race course takes the participant through the rural Otter Tail County countryside with rolling hills, lakes and fields of fresh cut alfalfa and grain fields as a back drop.

The race kicks off the 45th Annual Watermelon Day in Vining, the "Biggest Small Town Celebration in Otter Tail County." The race begins and concludes at the intersection of State Highway 210 and 457th Avenue. The course is all asphalt, with the entire race course meandering through the scenic countryside. The race is supported by water drink stations throughout the course at the 1.0; 2.5; 5 kilometer markers and at the finish line. There is ample space for parking and portable toilets are available. The race participant enjoys all the chilled sliced watermelon and water at the finish line they can eat and drink.

Run for the Melon is a proud sponsor of Teams Beads of Courage. Beads of Courage "CarryABead" kits will be available for a $10.00 donation at the race tent. CarryABead and tell a story. The kits are a source of encouragement for a child coping with serious illness. To learn more about how Beads of Courage helps children coping with serious illness in Minnesota, visit

Kids 6 and under may participate FREE but must register.

Event schedule and times:
The race begins at 8:00 a.m. on August 18th. On-site registration begins at 6:30 a.m.

Registration Is Now Closed.

2018 Routes Published!
10k   |   5k

2017 Minnesota Road Race Schedule

Race Benefits: City of Vining and Beads of Courage
Beads of Courage

Carry a Bead

Future dates:
  • August 17, 2019
  • August 15, 2020
  • August 21, 2021

Minnesota Distance Running Assoiciation
Member of The Minnesota
Distance Running Assoiciation

Running Network
USA Track & Field Sanctioned Event


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