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Join the movement that's taken over the racing world. Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k is headed to Seattle on March 1st! Start and finish at Seattle Center amongst Seattle's biggest chocolate aficionados. This year, train, race, and celebrate with us all the way to the finish line. We're with you through the season.
The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, coined as America’s Sweetest Race, is brought to you by RAM Racing. Established in 2008, the inaugural Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k ran through the streets of Chicago, Illinois. Since its inception, over 200,000 participants have run for chocolate, making it the fastest growing race series in the nation! Each Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k race features both a 15k (9.3miles) and 5k (3.1miles) distance and all runners are encouraged to join the fun! Participants receive an award winning goodie bag, which they collect at the expo along with their race packet. The chocolate really begins to flow at the Post Race Party where runners enjoy music, Hot Chocolate merchandise, and a finisher’s mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats! Make-A-Wish® is the official race charity of the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k! Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness.
This is a race for all levels. The 15k is hard - make no mistake, this course is uphill both ways. But determination can and does win, as long as you are smart and safe (there are potholes on Aurora Avenue in Seattle, and uneven pavement in general). Im 7 months postpartum and accomplished the 9.3 mile course in 1:27:57. Just under 10 minute miles and I was running. I havent been a runner my whole life, in fact only started 6 years ago. But training smart also makes a big difference, especially for a hilly race like this one.
From the gear check to the after party was all fantastic. The organizers and especially the volunteers were all so supportive and up beat. Not a big fan of out and back courses. But this one was pretty good and a challenge too, with the Hills. The chocolate bowl was spectacular too. What a great race for a great cause.
I have done the Hot Chocolate 15K in Seattle from 2014-2019, minus 2018 ( I had to miss due to a foot surgery). This is a Great race. We had over 4000 runners in the 15K and almost 6000 runners/walkers in the 5K. It is well organized, 2019 was a new course and a great challenge. We still got to endure some of the hills of Seattle, the old course had shorter and steeper, this year they wear not as steep but longer. It starts near the Key Arena and finishes at the Spce Needle, both great attentions in the Seattle area. There is plenty of food and hotels nearby. Parking is a bit of a premium, but still manageable. After 8pm Saturday evening, the street parking is free, so thats a plus. I recommend this race and have convinced many friends to participate in it.