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I think that thanks for the valuabe information and insights you have so provided here. Mary May 3, at 7: Andrea May 3, at 8: Mary May 4, at Sheamus May 29, at 1: Mia simth September 26, at 2: Even with a lot of my friends running, it just seemed like another overrated, gimmicky race. I run because I enjoy the feeling of the ground beneath my feet, and the process makes me feel strong and happy; characteristics that I struggled in the past to find, and running helped me find them.
Only my opinion of course. The Hot Chocolate 15k is the perfect reason to keep an open mind about races. As soon as I registered I started receiving email communication from Ram Racing. It was all very clear but never spam-y.
It was an appropriate, easy to follow plan. A few days before the race it was obvious the start would have below freezing temps.
My Yankee heart laughs a bit but the mayor and governor really take an extremely conservative weather stand these days since they were blamed for not doing enough 2 years ago. I arrived at the convention center to find hundreds of people in line just to get into the expo hall. Waiting in line is never fun but it was clear why security and RAM Racing had done this. It was well-controlled and organized. They let a certain number of people into the hall at one time so as not to exceed capacity.
In fact, once you got into the expo hall everything moved very quickly and smooth. The amazing volunteers processed over people that afternoon alone! Just in case, they had an area where you could try on jackets and trade in sizes if needed they asked you to do this before opening your swag bag. I will admit, I was surprised at the small size of the expo. There was only about a dozen vendors, including only 1 running store ATL has many!
Essentially, they wanted to get runners and, more important in my opinion, volunteers off the course and out of the cold as early as possible. I think everyone was disappointed but overall had good attitudes about the change.
Race directors do their best to think about participant experience and safety; it was 25 at the start with real feel at 15 degrees so I think they made an informed decision and everyone made the best of it. One friend was even able to push her pace a little and she made the cutoff! I planned to take MARTA to the start but the thought of standing in that cold for over an hour was really painful.
Thankfully I have an amazing friend who dropped me off feet from the start just in time for me to get in the group pic with other ATC runners. She even made a second pick-up drop off of runners she found at her local MARTA station some strangers too!
I huddled in C corral with friends for 40 minutes and survived with my down jacket and hand warmers. Honestly, I was sweating within the first mile of the race lol. The course itself went through the Old 4th Ward my fave! I love seeing different ATL neighborhoods and, despite the cold, there was still people out cheering.
It felt like every turn took you up another hill. I enjoy that but be prepared to train for that if you want to run this race.
As usual, the swag does not disappoint - this season we're back to a pullover! The season will kick off in Denver, Colo. This season, Allstate is teaming up with Girls on the Run, a physical activity-based positive youth development program for young girls. I have seen a few coupons for the Hot Chocolate Race from time to time. Columbus, Ohio on Nov.
Bravo to all the volunteers, especially at the great aid stations. I warmed up once I started running but these poor souls just get to stand around in the freezing cold for our benefit. I was worried that the aid stations would get covered in ice but they kept everything neat and safe. At the finish I got my medal a unique chocolate bar shape , and quickly found the line for the chocolate goodie mug. I knew quite a few people at the race but opted to run back to the train station rather than look for people in the cold cold and sweaty is never a good combination.
If a race factors everything else into the registration costs, why not include the freaking photos?!
Good deal. An impressively decent race photo, even if I do look like a Halloween puffball.
I think this whole experience proved that, yes, I willrunforchocolate. Check out my race review on BibRave! Interested in running a Hot Chocolate Race? Checking off , careening into Fun Size Athlete.