A Sweet Time - Hot Chocolate 15k Race Recap #bibchat

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First, check out the fun I had at the expo!

It's race morning! I love racing. Like love love love it. And today I was running for a very special reason... chocolate.

chocolateFrozen

In my pre-race report I was focused on having fun but then... I looked at the age group times from last year's race. If I ran and tested my speed, I had a chance at placing in my division. So I was tentatively planning to really race this 15k. I needed to watch my fatigue level and my hamstring but... this was going to be a race!

I ended up leaving my apartment a little late but still made it to the start area in time to drop my bag, use the porto-potty (which were plentiful and these racers were efficient!) and snap a few pics in my corral!

Get ready for... chocooooollllaaaate!

I see chocolate in my future!

So with the final countdown, we were off tearing through the streets of Denver on a cloudy cool morning. 

Hot Chocolate 15k and 5k Denver Map 2015

Every water stop had both water and sports drink which was awesome and there were at least 3 "sweet spots". The first one had strawberry marshmallows, the second had tootsie rolls, and the third had more marshmallows (all the sugary fuel!). I decided to take advantage of the tootsie roll stop!

Let me see your tootsie roll!

Sooo the tootsie roll was delicious but it definitely got stuck in my teeth. It gave me something to think about though for about a half mile, when I finally decided to just let it dissolve slowly. Winning!

So back to the race. We ran through some of the old warehouse areas and then through some residential areas before coming back to downtown for the finish. The course we very flat and I was able to maintain a sub-8 min/mile the whole time (which was my goal pace). I crossed the finish line in a time of...

1:11:23

Woo hoo! I also ran my fastest 10k at the beginning of the race. Double woo hoo! However, being Denver, means there were so many fast runners and as of right now I'm... 10th in my age division. People really stepped it up this year!

Finish line!

Volunteers with all the bling!

I really enjoyed this race, the course was flat, the volunteers were strong and the finish area was great to hang out in. There was a merchandise tent and an area for kids to blow off some steam!

Let's take a look around the finisher area!

The Civiv Center Park

Official Merchandise Tent

Kid Zone in the finish area

Got all my finishers swag! Hot Chocolate, other treats, medal, and my awesome new jacket!

All the sweet treats!

I had a great time at this race and highly recommend it if it's coming to a city near you!

Pros:

  • Chocolate
  • Flat course
  • Great volunteers
  • GREAT swag
  • Chocolate!
  • Not crowded on course
  • Great post-race area
  • Did I mention... CHOCOLATE?!

Cons:

  • Not much crowd support during the race. Volunteers were present but pretty quiet too.

Finsher Medal and Bib!