• Vining, MN

2016 Results

Run For The Melon is a USATF certified and sanctioned event.

ARE YOU READY to run for the melon? The Run for the Melon 5K and 10K Walk/ Run is located on the Otter Trail Scenic Byway in Vining, Minnesota. The race course winds through the rural Otter Tail County countryside with hills, lakes, fields of fresh cut alfalfa, and grain fields as its back drop.

The race kicks off the 44th 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 5K and 10K runs are certified and sanctioned through the USATF. The entire course is asphalt. 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. At the finish line, the runners and walkers enjoy all the chilled sliced watermelon and water they can eat and drink.


Run for the Melon is a proud sponsor of Teams Beads of Courage. To learn more about Teams Beads of Courage visit our website at http://www.runforthemelon.com/.  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 http://www.beadsofcourage.org.

Kids 6 and under may participate FREE but must register.


Race cancellation and weather policy:

Events may be delayed, shortened or in rare circumstances cancelled, in the event of inclement weather including lightening, wind, heat, snow, or the threat of eminent severe weather which may harm or injure participants, staff, set up crew and bystanders. Event time frame includes setup, race and tear down. All possible attempts will be made to contact those involved by email, website and social media. No refunds or transfers allowed.

The race begins at 8:00 a.m. on August 20th. 

On-site registration begins at 6:30 a.m.