The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K isn’t just a sweet race because of the delicious treats doled out throughout the course. The race prides itself on a variety of seriously fun offerings that bring participants back year after year.
In other words, the proof is in the pudding, if you will (or, in this case, the ooey gooey chocolate fondue).
The race’s namesake doesn’t skimp on the chocolate-y goodness. Chocolate is built in to the experience from the moment you pick up your packets and race bib during the Hot Chocolate Expo, where participants sample the race’s high-quality dark chocolate squares free of gluten, nuts and dairy.
Don’t worry about meeting your week’s chocolate quota (if there is such a thing), as you’ll have your hands full on race day when the offerings are dialed up to level-10 deliciousness. At Sweet Stations dotted throughout the course, runners can grab fistfuls of sweets to fuel them to the finish line, where they’ll receive their Finisher Mugs loaded with fondue and hot chocolate, pretzels, Rice Krispies Treats, cookie straws and bananas for dipping in the more than 4,000 pounds of melted chocolate that is prepared for each race.
2. Goodie Bag
The Hot Chocolate Run regularly receives top honors for its race swag—a full-zip hooded jacket that features a fresh design every year. In fact, this year, participants voted on their favorite of two new designs and more than 85,000 ballots were cast by psyched runners.
The jacket’s thumbholes and four-way stretch fabric make it perfect for wintertime running or casualwear. Even when the hot chocolate runs out, this is a race goodie that will keep you warm long after crossing the finish line.
Reminiscent of something out of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, the finisher’s medal is shaped like a chocolate bar with gold wrappings and affixed with a city-specific magnetized coin to commemorate where the race took place. You’ll want to display this one on a wall or keep the coin with you for bragging rights—or to help convince your friends to join you next time.