The Hot Chocolate 15/5k, coined as America’s Sweetest Race, is brought to you by RAM Racing. Established in 2008, the inaugural Hot Chocolate 15/5k ran through the streets of Chicago, Illinois. Since its inception, over 200,000 participants have ran for chocolate, making it the fastest growing race series in the nation! Each Hot Chocolate 15/5k race features both a 15k (9.3miles) and 5k (3.1miles) distance and all runners are encouraged to join the fun! Participants receive an award winning goodie bag, which they collect at the expo along with their race packet.
With 15+ reviews on Yelp, here were some of the most helpful:
Nicole V. from Denver, CO says: “I loved this race. I got there early & walked a few blocks to the starting area. Sure, 7a.m. is early & cold for an October race but it was through downtown Denver. Once the sun came out it ended up being perfect running weather. I ran the 5k portion and positively loved the route. It was the most organized race I’ve ran this year & I’ve ran ten 5k’s so far. It benefits a great charity, the hoodie is sweet (albeit runs small), and the chocolate fondue & hot chocolate were delicious. I will definitely continue to support this race. Also, it was on their website and in several emails that there was no same day as race packet pickup & they gave everyone two whole days to pickup your packets or have a friend pick them up for you.”
Jon L. from Arvada, CO says: “There isn’t much to add to the comments that have already been written. I thought the race was well organized but thought that 7am was a bit early for an October race. Packet pickup was well organized, but a bit bummed that there was no race day pick up. The course was awesome and the uphill from Lodo back to downtown proper is tough. Best part of the race was running south on Broadway, looking at the finish line and the street being closed. The finishers mug is plastic and probably won’t be used much, but thought that it was a nice twist on an event. I don’t need another t-shirt! The goodie bag is awesome with the hoodie and no useless coupons. Would do this race again with hopes that they start the race at least a couple of hours later.”
Angie K. from Aurora, CO says: “I ran the 15k. This was one of my new favorite races! I will do it again next year! Great sweatshirt, no lines at the honey buckets, great route through downtown with plenty of room on the streets, awesome hot chocolate and fondue! Very organized! Worth the money and a great time of year to do it. Thanks to all the awesome volunteers who did a fabulous job of making sure the runners were taken care of. More events should be run like this race! Plenty of email communication to let you know you could not pick up your packet on race day. The only change I would make, would be to have the 15k start first. For those who were not happy with the swag at the end, it was a Hot Chocolate Race, duh! I knew the sweatshirts ran small because representatives of this race were at other events and let us try them on.”