What are your plans for Sunday, November 17? I bet the answer is nothing, but you have a chance to be part of a great event – the Hot Chocolate 15/5K in Columbus! The race has two options, a 15K (9.3 miles) and a 5K (3.1 miles), and it has participants that range from super speedy runners to walkers enjoying the company of family and friends. While the race is timed, it is more about having fun and getting in a little physical activity before moving into the holiday season.
Who doesn’t like a good excuse to go to Columbus? I certainly do. I get a chance to visit with my fam, participate in a great race, and celebrate a job well done with a chocolate feast. Win-win-win. I also enjoy spending time at the expo. The Hot Chocolate 15/5K has a great expo on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 16. You can pick up your packet, enjoy the music, let the kids burn off some energy in the Kid Zone, sample chocolate and hot chocolate, and check out running merchandise from local partners. Hot Chocolate 15/5K merchandise will also be available for purchase, and let me tell you, bring some extra change because you will want to buy it. It’s not only cute; it’s affordable! How many times have you been able to say that about an expo?! Packet pick-up will be held on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It’s in the Battelle North Ballroom of the Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High Street, Columbus 43215. Make sure you pick up your packet one of these two days or make arrangements for a friend to get yours because there are NO race day pick-ups. For more info on packet pick-up, check out http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/columbus/expo/.
Another sweet thing about the Hot Chocolate 15/5K – the goodie bag! You don’t get an average t-shirt with this race that will undoubtedly sit in your dresser. This year, each participant will receive a quarter-zip hooded pullover! The girls’ are black and purple, and the guys’ are black and blue. Really looking forward to wearing this!
I bet you are asking yourself, “This is fabulous. Now, how do I register?” Simple – visit http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/columbus/register/ and click Register Now! But do this before the price increase on September 29? It’s only $44 to run the 5K and $66 for the 15K, AND as an added freebie, when you register and use the code STEPHPLUSMUG, you get a free Hot Chocolate 15/5K travel mug, perfect for slurping that delicious chocolately goodness or coffee or tea or whatever. You don’t have to run the race in Columbus to use this code, either.
If you were wondering where else the Hot Chocolate 15/5K is held, look no further. Here’s the rundown of locations. You can check them all out here.
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- St. Louis
Register today, and I’ll hopefully see you at the race (I’ll be running the 15K)!
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