1st Saturday of December 2018 Hosted at Ward Elementary School and Sponsored by PJS Group!
Packet Pickup/Expo: Friday 11/30 5pm- 9:00pm - Various local vendors including Dogtopia, Joey's Cannoli, Pet Pantry's "Bone Bar" and more will be on site offering their goods and services. This will continue into race day.
Race Day 12/1/18: Final start time is still pending but plan arrive by 7am ( earlier if you do not get your packet on 11/30) with start by 8am
1Mi event will be in Ward Acres; 5K+ and 10K will remain on Pinebrook Blvd. The 5K is closer to 3.5miles long.
CURRENT NEWS: 10/22/18- Runners and Walkers and our furry friend lets get excited!! Race day and the night prior we will have a myriad of local vendors offering their goods and services. Remember to bring cash or credit card and be ready for great sales and merchandise.
Hot Cocoa Run & Dog Walk Information
Course:Course is relatively flat out and back. Includes Pinebrook Blvd. and Beechmont Lake. 1mile is within Ward Acres. 5K is actually 3.5 miles including a loop close to Beechmont Lake.
The 5k is slighter longer distance this year and along with the 1miler, can be walked or run- No 10K Walkers will be allowed!- Must be able to finish in <75 minutes;
All runners, walkers, dogs must register.
1 Mile event- can compete as a solo run/walk, a Family Event, or Dog Walk.
Child under 8 that want to be ranked individually are allowed 1 adult to run/walk alongside them(no fee). Children 8 and above cannot be accompanied unless the adult is registered.
To register as a Family/Team click signup, choose the event you are doing, then click "multi-person pricing". You will need to click add a member, for each member you are adding, before you select "join a team". You will be ranked as a Family/Team. Discounts apply.
Dog 1 Miler: each entry includes 1 dog accompanied by 1 or 2 people. If you have 2 dogs, each must be registered, but a discount will apply. More than 2 dogs require a separate Adult companion and registration - contact race director with questions.
If you are running with a dog in any event other than the 1miler we ask that you make a $10 donation to cover cost of dog swag. Also provide dog's info during registration
History of Race:
The Hot Cocoa Run (HCR) is a small "grassroots" event which started in 2007. Hosted right out of my driveway, it includes a 5k Run or Walk, a 10k Run, and as of 2014, a 1mi fun Family Frolic/Dog Walk to compliment this as a family and pet friendly event. Participants are served hot cocoa post race which is brewed in a cast iron cauldron over an open fire in my backyard, while everyone is along the course running. The first ever race was held with just 10 friends, doing a self-timed winter run as a fundraiser for Lymphoma Society (LLS) Team in Training (TNT) and Friends of Claire. Most of us had met years back through the LLS/TNT program. I joined TNTin 1999 to do the the Marine Corps Marathon, then continued as a fundraising mentor and triathlon coach for over 12 years through 2012. In 2000, I met Phil Gormley who had started TNT's Triathlon program. I mentored and coached alongside Phil all while raising money to battle leukemia and lymphoma. In 2004, Phil's sister Claire was diagnosed with ALS. Her family established Friends of Claire(FoC) to help spread awareness, research and advocating for medical needs. As a FoC'er, I supported various ALS fundraising events while still supporting LLS/TNT. In 2007, I launched the Hot Chocolate Run (as it was originally called) as a fundraiser for both charities. In May 2009, Claire Gormley Collier lost her battle with ALS 5 short years after her diagnosis. Friends of Claire became MAC Angels. It seemed very clear to me to organize and host a 2nd Hot Chocolate Run in 2009. I originally planned to host it every two years due to how much effort and work is involved plus I was still coaching, fundraising and competing for TNT not to mention having a full-time job and family responsibilities. I resigned from coaching in 2012 and made the HCR an annual event with its proceeds exclusively going to MAC Angels. I had the opportunity to coach the owner of Zachy's Wines through TNT and as a result they have been a sponsor since 2009.My friends and co-workers volunteer for this race including dressing up as Frosty, manning the intersections, stirring the hot cocoa, handmaking signage AND the commerorative race gift which, in the early years were Christmas tree ornaments. All this to ensure the bulk of the money gets to MAC Angels.The race has grown and evolved since 2007. The 1st event raised $111 for ALS; last year over $20,000 was raised!
For 9 years this event has started and finished right out of my driveway. In 2015 we had our first four-legged furry friends compete; in 2016 we graduated to "RFID" timing; in 2017 we had a vendor "expo" at checkin; Now in 2018 we are celebrating our 10th year! Ward Elementary Scholl will be our host site. Although we traditionally recycle bib numbers, this year we will have custom 10th Anniversary bibs! Signage, banners and other race essentials will still be recycle to still strictly manage the event staying under 10% on expenses - 90% of registration fees and 100% of donations go directly to MAC Angels to help families battling ALS.
Friends, family and personal time, money and efforts are what pull this race together. Recognize that there may not be a lot of bells and whistles ( we promise some in 2018), but a lot time, care and attention go into this event to ensure everyone is safe and enjoys, but the money that each of you put out goes right to the cause. Registration fees generate the majority of the funds raised. This is a growing event, that is tons of fun, really touches your heart and shows how just a small group of friends can make such a big difference to help others. Every year we get a little better but we aim a lot higher. I am setting the 2018 goal to $18,000.
I hope you will be a part of this history
Andrea aka Froste D-Snowman!
Information: Runners get a registration confirmation email; Race Day instructions will be posted or emailed 1 week before race. Recycled bibs will be handed out at registration for tracking run times; A commemorative race gift is issued to the first 400 paid registrants. Results will be posted by age group within 1 week of race completion. A Post Race Party: Hot Cocoa, Peppermint (Schnapps) to those who want it, miscellaneous treats and fun! Zachy's Wine, Dogtopia, Dunkin Donuts, the Lemontree- Mamaroneck, Bare Burger, Dominos Pizza are all expected as sponsors to this event.
Net Proceeds are donated to MAC Angels a 501c charity helping ALS.