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Virtual Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic 5k Registration Open through July 4th

JACKSON, Miss. – (June 26, 2020) Registration for the 2020 Farm Bureau Classic remains open through July 4th for participants to support the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum and the annual fundraiser taking place virtually this year. Participants are able to choose a 5k Run or a 5k Walk and complete the race in their own time at any location they choose. Results may be submitted through beginning Sunday, June 28, 2020.

“We are incredibly proud of and grateful for the support we have received so far for this event through the changes we’ve had to make for 2020. With the continued support of Farm Bureau, Raymond James, Fleet Feet, C Spire and over 400 participants already committed to running with us virtually, we know the spirit of the Watermelon Classic will be strong across our city and state this next week even as we can’t spend the holiday together this year.” said Andrea Patterson, Race Director and Director of Community Relations and Marketing for the Museum.

Registration is open on and the RunSignUp platform. Registration is $25 and includes an official 2020 t-shirt, a finisher’s award and a virtual event bag with coupons and promotions from supporting businesses. After registering, participants will receive more detailed information regarding the event. They will have the opportunity to complete the 5k Run or 5k Walk at any time in any place and submit their results by July 5th. Registration closes on July 4th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame has partnered with the Parks and Recreations Departments of the City of Madison, City of Ridgeland and City of Flowood as well as the District at Eastover to provide participants with route options to run or walk their 5k during the next week. Runners and walkers can find signage and routes available at Strawberry Patch Park in Madison, the Ridgeland Multi-Use Trail at Rice Road, the Flowood Trail in front of the YMCA, and the loop around the District at Eastover. We are asking participants to please consider using these options or running in your own parks or neighborhoods and not using the traditional race course around the Museum.

Participants are also encouraged to join other runners and walkers on social media using the hashtag #2020WatermelonClassic to post pictures and videos of their trainings, runs, walks, and watermelon celebrations. There is an option to print your own race bib to wear, use a virtual finish line graphic, submit pictures for a costume contest, and many more ways to stay connected to other participants.

For more questions about the event or to support the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, please visit or call our offices at 601-982-8264.

About The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame exists to promote, preserve and protect Mississippi’s rich sports heritage for this and generations to come. The Museum serves as a destination for sports legends to live forever through interactive displays and exhibits where visitors can play, live and dream. The 501(c)(3) organization recognizes excellence in athletics and contributions to sports. For more information about the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, visit or follow us on Facebook at or Twitter at


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