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Race Preview: 2018 Charlie’s Chocolate 5K (Ashland)

Hey, chocolate lovers, looking for a way to combine your love of chocolate with your love of running? Charlie’s Chocolate 5K is just the “golden ticket” for you! This race is part of the Oregon Chocolate Festival in Ashland. Held at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites, this delicious event is in its 14th year running. The festival lasts all weekend long with Charlie’s Chocolate 5K kicking off Sunday’s festivities.

Race participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite Charlie and The Chocolate Factory character. Some Oompa Loompas will be at the hotel to direct you to the race starting area, and rumor has it that Charlie himself could be found passing out delicious treats, so keep your eyes open. Be sure to bring the kids, as there will be a Kids 400 Yard Dash before the main event. After the 5K, there will be an awards ceremony, where ribbons will be given to the top overall men and women and to the top 3 age group winners.

When you register, you can choose from just the race or add on a Chocolate Festival ticket for one or two days. Chocolate Festival day passes will also be available for purchase at Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites.

10% of the proceeds from this race will go to Rogue Regional Medical Center’s Neonatal Unit and an additional $2 from every race entry will go to support the Ashland YMCA’s Camp Echo. So, not only will you get to enjoy delicious chocolate and run a 5K, you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing a portion of your entry fees will be supporting local needs.

Charlie’s Chocolate 5K Details

Date: Sunday, March 11

Times: 10:00 A.M. – Kids Run
10:15 A.M. – 5K

Location: Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites, 2525 Ashland St, Ashland

Entry Fees: $25 – 5K
$7 – Kids 400 Yard Dash
$40 – 5K + 1 day festival pass
$50 – 5K + 2 day festival pass

Race Website: Click Here

About Annette Vaughan (440 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner, personal trainer, and race director in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is the race director for Get A Clue Scavenger Race and owns a personal training studio in Canby. She believes in promoting movement, since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.

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