Join CIAF at the Sweetest Race Around!


  for high school students before deadline


  5k before deadline


   10k before deadline

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
830 South Grand Avenue West
Springfield, Illinois 62704

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.


The race 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.


Packet pick-up:

Friday, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at District 23 in Rochester

Saturday, Race Day, 6:30 – 7:15 a.m. at the Rochester Park 90 Wildrose Lane, Rochester, Il 62563

Late Registration on Race Day:

6:30 a.m. – 7:15 a.m. at the Rochester Park

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 3 male and top 3 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/10K 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 5k race in Rochester

Map of 10k race in Rochester, Illinois

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