The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k is not your average fun run – it’s a full on chocolate experience. This race originated in Chicago in 2008, and has since expanded to 18 cities with over 200,000 participants. While the Hot Chocolate series has not yet come to Oregon, chocolate lovers can trek to Seattle to join the party.
True to its name, chocolate is included every step of the way. Decadent chocolate samples are provided at packet pickup, there are marshmallow “sweet stations” along the course route, and finishers receive a mug made especially for fondue, which can be enjoyed at the post-race party. Participants also receive a full-zip hooded jacket, and 15k finishers earn a medal shaped like a chocolate bar.
But as much as the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k loves the sugar high, the organizers do not neglect the runner’s high. This chip-timed event is USATF sanctioned with a course that has been certified for accuracy, and the corrals and wave start help prevent a midcourse bottleneck. RAM Races also offer complimentary training programs, free race photos, and real time race updates to friends and family.
There’s nothing sweeter than helping others, and the official charity of the Hot Chocolate 15k/5 is Make-A-Wish, who create life-changing experiences to support children with critical illnesses. Participants can customize a fundraising page to help bring additional resources to this cause.
The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k allows runners to indulge and exercise at the same time, presumably resulting in net zero calories for the day. If you’re looking for a race that’s massively well organized and massively fun, the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k definitely hits the sweet spot.
What: Hot Chocolate 15k/5k
Distance: 15k or 5k
Where: Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
When: Sunday, March 3, 2019
Packet Pick Up: Friday, March 1 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, Saturday, March 2 from 10:00 am – 5:00pm at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer St, Seattle, Washington 98109, or you can pay an additional $14.95 to have your packet mailed to you in advance
Start Time: (times posted for first wave, with each corral starting approximately 3 minutes later)
- 5k – 6:45am. Corrals open at 6:15am and close at 6:40am.
- 15k – 7:55am. Corrals open at the tie 5k runners clear the start line at close at 7:50am.
- 5k – $49 through February 17, then $54 until registration is full
- 15k – $69 through February 17, then $74 until registration is full