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Race Preview: 2017 Chocolatathon (Tigard)

A race that serves me chocolate after I’m done running sounds like a perfect arrangement! Now in it’s 2nd year, Uberthon’s Chocolatathon is moving from Mother’s Day weekend closer to Valentine’s Day, with this year’s event taking pace on February 11th in Tigard’s Cook Park, just south of Tigard High School. This park is a wonderful place for a race since there is plenty of parking, brick and mortar flush toilets, and the picnic shelters protect runners, volunteers, and finish line food from inclement weather.

The morning starts out with the 5k and 10k races at 8:45am. The course is a double out-and-back entirely within Cook Park with no cars to deal with, however the paths are open to public and you could encounter dogwalkers and bikers. Every finisher will receive a medal. The hot chocolate and cheesecake bar will open at 9:15am, and it is included in the race registration. (Spectators can purchase hot chocolate bar access for $8.) Be prepared to indulge in hot cocoa topped with your choice of whipped cream, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, crushed nuts, marshmallows, peppermints, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and sprinkles, with a side of cheesecake.

The Chocolatathon 5k is part of this year’s 5k Race Series. Choosing the series will register you for the Chocolatathon (February), Luckython (March), Freedomthon (July), and Halloweenathon (October) at the discounted price of $95 for all four races.

The kids race will start after most 10k runners are finished – around 10:15am. Registration for the 1/4 mile kids race is open to youngsters ages 2-11 and includes a finisher’s ribbon. Parents can choose to purchase a medal to give to their kids.

Chocolatathon Details:
When: Sunday, February 11; 8:45am
Where: Cook Park, Tigard (map)
What: 5k, 10k, kids run
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: 5k – $30; 10k – $35; kids run – free
Registration includes: Chip timed race with instant results, finisher medals, overall and age group award pins, hot chocolate and cheesecake bar.
Packet Pickup: Friday, Feb 9th, 4-8pm at Athleta at Washington Square – 9585 SW Washington Square Rd, Portland, OR

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