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Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Minneapolis

Sat 13th Apr 2019
724 Sibley St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, USA

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Distances in this event

  1. 15k

    Run 15km
    8:55am Sat 13th Apr 2019
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  2. 5k

    Run 5km
    8:10am Sat 13th Apr 2019
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Join the movement that’s taken over the racing world. Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k is returning to Minneapolis on April 13, 2019! Start and finish in Boom Island Park amongst the biggest chocolate aficionados in Minneapolis. This year, train, race, and celebrate with us all the way to the finish line. We’re with you through the season.

Enjoy a beautiful run through the city’s most scenic spots. Then, celebrate your victory with fellow chocolatiers at our post-race party. Stuff your face with decadent fondue, and pose for photos with Marsha and Mello—the energy is infectious!

Course Details

The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Minneapolis course highlights the city’s biggest attractions. We hold our races to the highest quality standards, from start to finish, course design and accuracy, emergency medical plans that exceed industry standards all in the name of your safety. Along those lines, all Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k RAM Racing events have a USATF-certified course with a distance that has been certified for accuracy. Please note that although we’ll try our best to avoid it, the course and start time is subject to change.

Course Rules

Please read through all of these rules so there are no surprises on race day!

  • We love our walkers. One favor: we ask that they can hold a 15 minute per mile pace. That’s about four miles per hour, or a brisk power-walk. If you fall below this pace, we can unfortunately no longer guarantee course support—which is paramount for your safety. Aid stations, medical support, portable toilets, and road closures will start to become unavailable to participants. The local police and race organizers will ask you to reroute to a shorter version of the course, or move up onto the sidewalk where you will be required to obey regular traffic laws.

  • All participant entries are non-transferable and non-refundable. Race numbers cannot be transferred to another participant. We reserve the right to disqualify this person and remove them from the results.

  • Depending on the distance, there are various checkpoints on the course where a participant’s timing chip is recorded. If a participant’s chip misses checkpoints, they will be disqualified and removed from the results. If a participant feels this decision has been made in error, they must contact EnMotive at [email protected]

  • All bibs have a timing chip affixed to the back of the bib. Removing or tampering with the chip, or completing the event without an official timing chip on your bib will result in disqualification, per USATF rules.

  • Wheelchair athletes are permitted on a case-by-case basis, based on your wheelchair type and the city’s course. Wheelchair athletes are required to email us at least three weeks in advance of the event.

  • Sorry, no dogs are allowed on the course. And since this is an event involving copious amounts of chocolate, it’s probably a good idea to have Fido sit this one out—even as a spectator.

  • Bikes and rollerblades are not allowed on the course. Feel free to ride your bike to the event, but please park it before you get to the course.

  • Unfortunately no, baby carriers or strollers of any sort are not allowed on the 5k or 15k courses. This includes but is not limited to regular push strollers, umbrella strollers, jogging stroller, prams, wraps, backpacks, Bjorn’s, soft carriers, slings and wagons. However, we encourage spectators to bring the little ones to help cheer on the runners!

  • For the safety of everyone on course, all participants must be able to complete the race distance under their own power, and anyone under age 12 must be accompanied by a registered parent or guardian on course. There will be thousands of participants, volunteers, and spectators at the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. The following tips will ensure you and your kids have a positive race experience:

    -Decide on a meeting location in the event you are separated. Select your meet up location and discuss it with your child. Write it on the back of your child’s bib to help race organizers reuinte both parties.

    -DO NOT plan to meet at the finish line. There is no stopping or standing in the finish line area. For safety reasons, all runners must keep walking and exit the chute.

    -Be sure to fill out the Emergency Contact Information on the back of both yours and your child’s bib.

    -On the back of the child’s bib, indicate the bib number of the person accompanying the child to the race, along with their cell phone number. Please write the child’s bib number on the back of the adult’s bib.

    -When possible, run with your cell phone.

    -If you find yourself in need of assistance on race day, contact a race official or visit the Information Services tent.


Boom Island Park is located approximately 1 mile from Downtown Minneapolis. No participant parking is available adjacent to Boom Island Park, so we highly recommend parking downtown and walking to the start line. The following websites offer recommendations on where to park downtown:

MPLS Parking
Minneapolis Parking Guide

There is also ample street parking available in the Warehouse District and downtown.


Carpooling is highly recommended. Please plan for heavy traffic and be sure to leave ample time to park, check your gear and head to the start line before your race begins.


The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k is seeking energetic volunteers to assist with the Hot Chocolate Runner Expo and Race Day events. Volunteers provide key support to the thousands of participants as they “run for chocolate” and Make-A-Wish®.

With a variety of exciting and delicious positions available, there is a job for everyone, including individuals, teams, school groups, corporate groups, friends and family. The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k is not possible without the help of all our amazing volunteers, so come out and join the fun. No experience is required.

The volunteer registration page shows all available volunteer shifts. For questions please contact [email protected]

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