Hot Chocolate Run 15K Run Series Recap

Philadelphia Hot Chocolate 5K/15K race billed as America’s Sweetest Race. The amount of chocolate handed out on the course and the whopping chocolate fondue finishers mug certainly confirm this designation. The race organized by Ram Racing Series and funds raised from this event go to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House which supports families of seriously ill children.

Chocolate aside, the tech hoodie was a great gift for runners and I know I’ll get good use out of it.

Starting line on a chilly Spring morning. The 5K runners had already set off and the 15K runners began to line up in their corrals.  The course consisted of a run down the parkway, looping around Logan fountain and back towards West River Drive. Once on the drive, runners ran out to Falls Bridge then turned and ran back to the finish line in front of Philadelphia’s iconic Art Museum.  I’ve run this course in many training runs and races. The most recent run was the week before during the Love Run Half Marathon. Seriously, I could probably run this course with my eyes closed but I STRONGLY recommend against it.

Philadelphia Hot Chocolate 15K

Starting line at the 2014 Hot Chocolate 15K run

Finisher Area post run.  Sorry for the blurry photo, I must have smeared chocolate on the lens. Finishers received a huge plastic mug filled with chocolate fondue, snacks and a steaming cup of hot chocolate. No medals, just a cup of chocolate milk.

Hot Chocolate Run 15K

Finisher area where one received a big cup of hot chocolate.

 

PROS:

  • A civilized starting time.
  • Well organized race with wave starts.
  • Chocolate and Tech hoodie were greatly appreciated by the runners
  • The volunteers were simply amazing.

CONS:

  • No medal.
  • An out and back course makes for a boring run.

This is a lovely spring distance run and I would recommend this to those training for the Broad Street 10 mile run.

My run stats via Garmin:

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  • Trevor Hilton

    I would DEFINITELY run for chocolate!

    • Tania

      Haha! Many people were doing just that during this event. I ran next to a guy who donned cotton balls on his brown running shirt that resembled marshmallows. I made a mental note to run faster than this dude and never wear cotton balls on my running clothing.