There are few things I love more than chocolate and running, so when I have the opportunity to merge the two, it’s like a match made in heaven! That’s why I’m happy to announce that I have been asked by RAM Racing to be a blog ambassador for the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K in Columbus, which takes place on Sunday, November 16!
This will be the third year I’ve taken part in this race (my second as an ambassador), and I’m just as excited as I was the first time I participated. The first year, I did the 5K with my mom, and we had a great time (despite freezing our butts off and losing our car on the streets of Cbus). The highlight was the fact my mom actually ran some, and I was so proud of her. Last year, I ran the 15K with a group of my friends, and although the weather wasn’t fabulous, it was a lot fun. And seriously, who doesn’t love a finisher’s mug with chocolate and dippable goodies at the finish?!
That brings us to this year, and I’m planning to run the 15K. The course is fun and scenic, and the longer distance makes it worth my while to travel to Columbus for the weekend. An awesome thing RAM Racing is adding to this year’s Hot Chocolate races is a finisher’s medal for the 15K. I don’t normally run races for the bling, and although I think medals are awesome, they are not a necessity. However, there is NO WAY I’m passing up this gem. Check it out! Did I also mention you also get chocolate at one of the water stops along the race? I don’t know about you, but I’ll take chocolate over gels ANY DAY!
Another great perk of the Hot Chocolate races – the goodie bag! Forget the short sleeve race shirt that only manages to take up more space in your drawers. Hot Chocolate races go all out. This year, you’ll receive a full-zip, fleece lined hoodie (pink for girls and green for guys), as well as a reusable drawstring bag, and these are for both the 5K and 15K. I’m pretty much in love with it.
So now I bet you’re wondering, “How do I register?” Here’s the link for the Columbus race: https://ramracing.enmotive.com/events/register/52a77f18-fa30-4b36-9855-0916c0a86524. Not living near Columbus? No problem! RAM Racing holds Hot Chocolate runs throughout the nation, and some of the locations include Chicago, Philadelphia, and Seattle (hint, hint Stevie and Tracy). For a complete listing, check out http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/.
AND you have a chance to get a free running hat when you register if you use the code StephPlus4Hat. I have one of these by the way, and it’s actually cute. So when you register, use the code and receive your free hat when you pick up your packet and goodie bag at the Expo. Lastly, be on the lookout for a contest I’ll have coming up to win a free entry to any Hot Chocolate 15K/5K during the season!