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Run for a Slice

Jul 05, 2016 10:18AM ● By Ashley Pape

Town Lake Park. When you pound the pavement this summer, it’s nice to know there’s a cold treat awaiting you at the finish line—and we’re not talking about a cup of Gatorade. At the annual Melon Dash in McKinney’s Town Lake Park, refreshing watermelon serves as a sweet conclusion to the race. If that sounds like a nice perk to you, lace up your running shoes and head out for the 5K or Fun Run. The Fun Run kicks off at 7:45 a.m. followed by the 5K at 8 a.m. This is the seventh “Run Project” race scheduled for 2016. The Run Project includes 13 running events with an emphasis on both passion for running and giving back locally; each race benefits an area nonprofit. The event’s entry fee benefits the League of Animal Protectors, an all-volunteer, nonprofit animal rescue and adoption organization. And don’t forget about all the awesome race swag! Participants will receive a Melon Dash T-shirt, temporary tattoos and sunglasses. It might be hot out there, but you’ll look so cool.


Runners who brave the Texas heat will be greeted with cold towels and plenty of refreshments at the finish line. The community cranks up the fun by coming out and cheering for the runners along the race route. Some homeowners play inspirational tunes and even run alongside participants. Even if you don’t compete, you can still bring the family to cheer on the runners and support this great cause.


Date: July 30

Location: Town Lake Park in McKinney