Join CIAF at the Sweetest Race Around!


  for high school students before June 15th


  5k before June 15th (guaranteed t-shirt)


   10k before June 15th (guaranteed t-shirt)

Prefer to print and mail your registration?

Simply download and print the Watermelon 5K Registration Form and send it with your check to:

Watermelon 5K
c/o Ellie Tjelmeland
130 South John Street
Rochester, IL 62563

Make all checks payable to:
Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation

You can also hand deliver your registration to either District 23 Rochester or Springfield.  Cash or Credit Cards only, please.

Want your AWESOME t-shirt* at packet pick-up??

Register on or before June 15th and you are guaranteed a T-shirt* at packet pick-up.

If you register after June 15th, we will simply contact you via email regarding t-shirt pick-up following the race.



The race is June 30, 2018 and starts at 7:30 a.m. from Rochester Park near the playground.  There is free parking throughout the park, but availability will close at 7:15 a.m. as the race route begins through the main lot.  ARRIVE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES EARLY FOR PARKING.  NO PARKING IS PERMITTED ALONG WEST MAIN STREET FOR THE SAFETY OF RUNNERS.


Pasta Dinner & Packet pick-up:

Friday, June 29th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Rochester Christian Church in Rochester. PRICE PER PERSON $12 adult / $10 child
includes salad, pasta, breadsticks, and drink

Saturday, June 30th, Race Day, 6:30 – 7:15 a.m.

Late Registration on Race Day:

6:30 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.

Pre-Race Activities:

6:45 a.m. - 7:15 a.m.

Race begins:

7:30 a.m.


Unique watermelon trophies will be awarded to the top 2 male and top 2 female finishers.  The top 2 male and top 2 female runners in each age category will receive a medal:  13 and under, 14-16, 17-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.  The awards ceremony will be held at approximately 8:45 a.m. following race completion near the concession stand.  If you miss the ceremony, awards can be picked up at the District 23 Rochester store.

Race Course:

The Watermelon 5K will be chip timed.  The start line is on the north end of the park and will continue through paved sections of Rochester and along beautiful trails. Map of 10k will be added soon.

Graphic link for The Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation
Graphic link for the Registration page for the Watermelon 5k Race
Graphic link for the Watermelon 5k Race Facebook page
Graphic link for the Sponsorship page for the Watermelon 5k Race