Bib #13 – Hot Chocolate 15k

Google defines fomo as, anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website. I having raging race fomo.

So when Jennifer, a member of my online running group Run the Year, knowing I lived in Seattle asked if I was running the Hot Chocolate 15k, I registered before responding to her.

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Members of the Run the Year online running group from as far away as Phoenix, sharing some team spirit before the 15k.

For the uninitiated, the Hot Chocolate series is a thing. Held in 25 cities in the U.S. and Canada, the race is known for the swag and the sweets: there are a lot of both. As a result, it draws a lot of runners — more than 10,000 in Seattle between the 5k and 15k, with proceeds going to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities. (Check out my live start line video).

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4500 runners, ready at the 15k start corrals. Another 6,000 ran the 5k.

 

 

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The Space Needle marked both the starting and the ending beacon for 15k and 5k racers.

For what is the epitome of a “fun run,” I was a little surprised by the course, which seemed to hit all the hilliest parts of Seattle inside of 9 miles. While I opted not to partake in the strawberry and chocolate marshmallow stops to get me through, I did happily stop for a mouth full of M&Ms around mile 6.5. Because, as I understand it, that’s what you’re supposed to do at Hot Chocolate races.

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With a mile left in my race, those in the latter corrals are working hard, with more than 5 miles (and 4 significant climbs) between them and their hot chocolate.

While the sun was out for my race, it was still only in the mid-40s, making it a perfect day for hot chocolate when the race was over.

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The coveted Hot Chocolate finisher’s mug. Sure, you can see the healthy banana, but there’s fudgy dipping sauce in there that you can’t see.

I think my first Hot Chocolate was a success! I got to meet some amazing women from my online running group; I completed race #13 for the year; and I got to each chocolate disguised as “race fuel.” It doesn’t get much better than that!

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The one thing at the Hot Chocolate race that I couldn’t eat. But I tried.

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