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Watermelon Classic gets hundreds running on the fourth

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The 29th annual "Watermelon Classic" got underway at 7:30AM Monday morning outside of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

With energizing, upbeat music and a lively crowd, more than 1,000 people endured the heat and participated in the annual race.

Mother and daughter duo Sarah Borowicz and Billie Knight decided to have some fun and stand out from the crowd in red, white and blue outfits.

Borowicz says, "we are the American Angels, we have halos and wings and a boa."

"It gives us some good memories we look back and laugh on the things we've done and how silly we've looked," says Knight.

This Fourth of July tradition got underway early Monday morning. Lots of people ran while others walked. Regardless of how participants made it to the finish line, lots of folks say the race was intense.

Runner Peyton Thomas says,  "it was tough, I wasn't really used to the hills and it was kind of humid."

The race isn't called the "Watermelon Classic" for nothing. Once participants cross the finish line they can dig into some ice cold, juicy watermelon . There's 65 watermelons for all the folks who participated in today's race.

Runner Kristi Hall says, "they always have watermelon and bananas and popsicles and juice and fruit."

Hall enjoyed her watermelon after wining the women's portion of the 5K in under 20 minutes. The Fourth of July is her birthday. To make things even more exciting, Hall has won the "Watermelon Classic," more than once.

Hall says, "I ran it and won it twice before I had kids and this is my first time to win it after having kids."

Regardless of who crossed the finish line first, most folks say they were just happy to finish and get that watermelon.

 All proceeds from the "Watermelon Classic," go to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

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