Fresno State Cross Country Team Holds 48th Annual Watermelon Run

Aug. 18, 2012

By Matt Burkholder

Fresno, Calif. - Saturday morning marked the 48th annual Watermelon Run on a rare rainy summer morning on the campus of Fresno State. The run was open to the public and consisted of a 2-mile event and a 4-mile event. The Bulldog cross country team competed in the latter.  The race began at North Gym, which is located on Barstow Avenue, just east of Cedar Avenue, as participants ran a loop around the Fresno State campus. The 4-mile event consisted of two laps. 

"It was really good turnout and we're excited about it," said cross country coach Sean McManus. "We had well over 200 participants in the 2-mile event and that's been steadily growing over the last four or five years we've been doing it. The 4-mile was smaller as usual with mostly college kids doing it, but it seemed like a good morning and everyone had a good time."

Early morning rain brought cloud cover and cooler temperatures which proved to be ideal conditions for all of those involved.

"Anytime we can have a 20 degree break in the weather for that time a day, that's going to help the performances," said McManus.

Each year the Watermelon Run is used as a warm-up for the upcoming season and the team is on pace for where they need to be.

"They did a nice job overall, I let them go after a bit more on the second lap and it was good," said McManus. "We've always used this event as a measure. We don't go all out in this, I want them to run it at 80 to 85 percent and try to run it together to see how they feel, if they handle it easily I know we're ready, if they struggle with it I know we have more work to do."

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