• Juan J. Arrieta

Hot Chocolate 15K Added to Race Calendar

Updated: Jan 10, 2018

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Hot Chocolate 15K race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

This past week I was happy to hear that I had been selected to run the Hot Chocolate 15K race in Houston, Texas. This event, known as "America’s Sweetest Race", made its debut in Chicago back in 2008 and has steadily grown in popularity each year since, to the point that in 2018 it will be held in seventeen of the largest cities across the United States according to the following schedule:

San Francisco, 01/07/18, Houston, 01/28/18, Dallas, 02/03/18, Atlanta, 02/04/18

Charlotte, 02/10/18, Nashville, 02/17/18, Seattle, 03/04/18, San Diego, 03/18/18

Indianapolis, 03/24/18, Philadelphia, 04/07/18, Minneapolis, 04/14/18, Denver, 10/07/18

Chicago, 11/04/18, Columbus, 11/18/18, Scottsdale, 12/02/18, St. Louis, 12/09/18,

Tampa, 12/16/18

Each Hot Chocolate race features both a 15k (9.3miles) and 5k (3.1miles) distance and distinguishes itself from other running events by offering, as you can imagine, plenty of that delicious treat so many people love around the world. Even though I don't eat chocolate everyday or all the time, I do consider myself a "chocolate snob" since I definitely enjoy good, quality chocolate every so often and have no guilt whatsoever turning down most forms of watered-down milk chocolate. I must admit to have been intrigued not only by the great photos and videos of runners having a great time participating, but also by reading the following description on one of the event's pages: "We serve delicious dark chocolate that has no compounds. The chocolate really begins to flow at the Post Race Party where runners enjoy music, a family friendly kid-zone (complete with bounce houses and games) and a finisher’s mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats!".

But an even more important aspect of this popular event also attracted me to it, and it is that the Make-A-Wish® foundation is the official race charity. Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses all across our nation and internationally, and has as its admirable mission to make a reality the wishes of each child they sponsor. Here is a short yet powerful news video that summarizes perfectly the positive impact this race and the Make-A-Wish® foundation had together on a young lady during this past year's race in Colombus, Ohio:

As often as I can, I find a way to either run for a worthy charity or help promote it, so this definitely felt like a great opportunity to do so.

Adding to that, I felt that the 15K distance in this environment would make for a fun, supported long run that fits nicely into my running schedule, just a couple of weeks after racing at the Houston Chevron Half Marathon slated for Sunday, January 14th.

And then last but not least, I noticed the following sharp-looking running jackets that I will greatly value as part of the race goodie bag, considering how I AM ALWAYS COLD on just about any temperature below 70 degrees---and I was convinced this would be a great running event for me.

Interested? It wouldn't surprise me if you are! Click on the following link to find out more and sign up, use code BibRaveHCHouston18 to score a bonus Hot Chocolate-branded cap:

Hot Chocolate 5k/15k Houston

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