Summer Sunrise Watermelon 5k Series
Saturday, June 9, July 14 and August 11
Registration and race start near Lakeland Yacht Club Parking Lot
929 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803
Race Start - 7:00 am
Stroller Start - 7:05 am

About This Event
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 23rd 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.  All are run around Lake Hollingsworth, which is flat and conducive to fast times.  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.

Registration Fees
Early Registration through May 25, 2018
3 Race Series - $40
Individual Race - $15

Late Registration - May 26, 2018 to Race Day
3 Race Series - $45

There are no virtual race options.

Lakeland Runners Club Member Race Vouchers must be postmarked by May 25 and must be accompanied by the printed registration form.  No vouchers will be accepted at packet pickup or on race day.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Include your $15 registration balance with your registration.

Make checks payable to LRC & mail to: LRC-Watermelon, PO Box 1484, Lakeland, FL 33802.

Registrations are not refundable; to request a registration transfer, please complete and submit our Registration Transfer Form. We cannot guarantee the new runner's shirt size is available, but we'll do our best to accommodate. Transfers for the Summer Sunrise 5k Series and 5k Race 1 must be submitted by June 2, 2018. Requests for 5k Race 2 must be submitted by July 7, 2018, and for 5k Race 3 by August 4, 2018.

The Lakeland Runners Club Events would not be what they are without the help of our volunteers.  There are many different volunteer opportunities pre-race, post-race and/or during our events.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at and the volunteer coordinator will contact you.

Pre-Race Packet Pickup & Registration 
4:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, June 8; Friday, July 13; and Friday, August 10
FITniche Lakeland, 1523 Town Center Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803

You may have a friend or family member pick up your packet.

Race Day Packet Pickup & Registration 
5:45 to 6:45 am Saturday, June 9; Saturday, July 14; and Saturday, August 11
Lakeland Yacht Club Park Parking Lot, 929 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803

Participant Shirt
Only those who register for the series by June 9 will receive the participant shirt.  It will be available at the final race packet pickup.

Technical Shirt, Gender Specific Sizing
Style & Design - click images to enlarge shirt preview & sizing chart

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Shirt Sizing

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. 

Finisher Items
At the end of each race, each registered runner will receive a finisher item with the series logo.
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. Divisions begin with 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80 and over. No duplicate awards.

Your age is determined on the date of the first race. Only those who register for the 5k Series by June 9 and finish all three races are eligible for awards.  Awards will be presented following the final race of the series at 8:15 am in the Runner's Village (grass area near finish area).

Photos & Results
When official results and photos are available, a link will be posted in the Lakeland Runners Club Facebook Page. Please allow several hours for official results and several days for photography.

LRC Photo Gallery
LRC Event Results

Course Information, Aid Stations & Restrooms
Start Line is on Lake Hollingsworth Dr, near E Derbyshire Ave

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There is one water station on the course near mile 1.5.

Port-o-lets will be available at the start and finish areas.

There is a small parking lot near the start line, and street parking in the neighborhoods adjacent to Lake Hollingsworth.

Contact the Race Directors
Angi & Lynn

Additional Updates & Information
Lakeland Runners Club Facebook Page

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.

Walker Friendly Events
Our mission is to promote running, walking, and general fitness in group settings. Walkers are encouraged to participate in all races. The City of Lakeland requires that road ways are clear of participants and opened as soon as the race is complete. The finish line chute will remain open for one hour and 30 minutes.

Children Under 12 (runners OR walkers)
For their safety, children under 12 are strongly discouraged from lining up with the elite runners at the start line.

Stroller Restrictions
• 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.

Sponsors of The Lakeland Runners Club, Inc. help us promote running in our community. We are glad to have them as they are local businesses who support what we do, and are often filled with our fellow runners. We hope you support them in return.




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2018 SSWS 5k Sponsors