2022 Watermelon 4th of July 5k at Park Avenue in Winter Park on July 4th

winter-park-watermelon-5kTrack Shack, one of the largest race and retail running operations in Central Florida, is hosting the 2022 Watermelon 5k. The patriotic event is held each year early in the morning of July 4th at 7:30am on Park Avenue in Winter Park.

Watermelon 5k on Park Avenue

The 3.12 mile run starts at 7:30 am, but runners are advised to arrive 45 – 60 minutes before race time to retrieve a running bib.  After completing the course, athletes can compete in the watermelon eating contest. In years past events, the Florida Watermelon Queens attended the Watermelon 5k for meet and greet opportunities and to preside over the Watermelon Eating Contest.

Little ones can then join the fun in 100 – 400 yard races (distance is determined by age) after the main race. The race is free but children must register on the event day to participate.

All runners receive a T-shirt, post race refreshments and a watermelon snack. Stick around for all of the 4th of July activities on Park Avenue that you can read about here.

Watermelon 5k Course Map


Click here to visit the official website for the Watermelon 5k.

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2019 Watermelon 5k Promotional Video

2018 Watermelon 5k Promotional Video

2017 Watermelon 5k Promotional Video

Park Avenue Map