This Monday morning the Florida Track Club held its 38th Annual 3 mile Melon Run. We had 336 official finishers and several dozen kids run in the Fun Run. Results of the Melon Run can be found at:
A big thank you to the follow people for helping to make this event such a success:
*Runners!!!! It may seem obvious, but without such great a running community, we couldn't put on such high quality races!
*City of Gainesville for granting us the permits and the folks at Westside Park and the Spurgeon Pool staff for open up their facilities for us to use.
*The Melon Run race Committee and the Board of Directors of the Florida Track Club, especially Race Director Mike Carrillo, FTC President Elizabeth Hanselman, Kathy Benton, Matt Carrillo, Richard Garand, Anne Elise Creamer, for all of their help organizing the event as well as volunteering on race morning.
*Jonathan Rembert and Start2Finish Race Management for his timing services as well as The Rembert Family for use of their large function room at Rembert Farms which housed our 200 watermelons in a cool space prior to the race. Also Ken Rembert, owner of The Bagel Bakery for their donation of bagels for post race refreshment.
*Heather Martin for designing another beautiful race tshirt! (She also created last years' Melon Run as well as Tom Walker Half-Marathon, and our 50th Anniversary tshirts).
*Martin Costello and Stephanie McGrail for being our lead bicycles.
*Race day volunteers: Vicky Andrada, Shellie Berkelhammer, the Veltcheva family, Lisa Atkinson, Karen Chamusco, Linda Bloom, Dylan Lennon, FTC Coaches Eddie Garcia and Enoch Nadler
*Our race photographer for her beautiful photos of runners: Cathy Bester.
*National Anthem soloist Ericka Brockish.
*Spectators! Thanks to our family and friends for your support!