The volunteers handed out 48,000 containers of fresh-cut melon cubes. Each container had stickers with the message “Refuel, Rehydrate, Recover.”
“The huge presence by the Watermelon Board in the event’s Finish Festival is a great way to connect with thousands of individuals and boast about the hydrating benefits and nutrients for recovery found in watermelon,” Marc Goldman, the marathon’s marketing manager, said in a news release.
This is the sixth year the National Watermelon Promotion Board sponsored the event, according to the release.
“Bringing watermelon to Washington, D.C., is a capstone for the industry’s promotion and education efforts. Every watermelon queen and NWPB staff member plays a role in sharing watermelon’s health message,” Stephanie Barlow, the watermelon board’s senior director of communication said in the release.