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The Course: All courses are on paved roads. All courses Start and Finish at same location.
1-mile course: Out & Back course. Head Left out of Start/Finish line on Broadfield (with the 10K); Bare right to stay on Broadfield at Rolling Way; Right on Roberts to Turnaround sign and return back turning right into finish line chute. Always run on the left side (against traffic). There may be a photographer somewhere along this part of course. Smile -pictures are always FREE from HCR!
5K course: Out & Back course. You head Right out of Start/Finish line to first Left onto Quaker Ridge Rd. (QR). The leftmost lane will be closed to traffic for runners. Run downhill, enter the first ramp baring left and make a HARD Right at bottom of ramp (almost U-turn). Volunteers will be on location. This places you on S/B Pinebrook Blvd. Keep to the right side of the lane (there should be small orange cones dividing the lane in half). There is a Water & Hot Cocoa station ¼ mile before the 5K Turnaround. A photographer, and rumor has it, Froste D-Snowman, will be near the 5K turnaround-be sure to smile -pictures are always FREE from HCR! Return all the way back the way you came. The 10k follows this same course.
10K Course: “Quasi” Out & Back course with 3 Turnaround point. The first mile follows the 1 mile course; then you follow the 5K course past its turnaround point.
Description: Head Left out of Start/Finish line on Broadfield (with the 1-mile); Bare right to stay on Broadfield at Rolling Way; Right on Roberts to Turnaround sign and return back pass the start/finish line. There may be a photographer somewhere along this part of course. Run on the left side (against traffic) along this first mile. Stay straight past Ward School to first Left onto Quaker Ridge Rd. (QR). The leftmost lane will be closed to traffic for runners. Run downhill, enter the first ramp baring left and made a HARD Right at bottom of ramp (almost U-turn). Volunteers will be on location. This places you on S/B Pinebrook Blvd. Keep to the right side of the lane (there should be small orange cones dividing the lane in half). There is a Water & Hot Cocoa station ¼ mile before the 5K Turnaround. A photographer, and rumor has it, Froste D-Snowman, will be near the 5K turnaround-be sure to smile -pictures are always FREE from HCR! Continue straight past 5K Turnaround along the lake to the 10K Turnaround at Beechmont Rd. Return back alongside the Lake – there will be a photographer trying to capture you with Beechmont Lake in background. Continue straight all the way back and PASS the first ramp that put you on Pinebrook Blvd. Run to the final Turnaround point at Tulip Lane. Return back to the first ramp, bare right and head up ramp and Quaker ridge Rd. to a Right on Broadfield Rd. to the Finish line.
Mandatory Pre-Race Briefing: A mandatory briefing for safety and event rules along with some words from Compassionate Care ALS and the Alzheimer’s Association will be at 8:45 am by the Flagpole and Fire Pit. Immediately following the briefing the 10K should proceed to line up at the Start line; the National Anthem will be in progress. The 1 mile Run/Walk/ Dogs should line up behind the 10K runners. Both events start at the same time.
Finish & Vendor Village: The finish line is clearly marked at Ward Elementary School. Run across finish line- the clock keeps timing until you cross completely under the finish line banner. There are commemorative HCR finisher medals for those who want it. Continue to the Fire pit area and please keep finish line area clear for others finishers. Once you received your medal, proceed through Vendor Village for food and water compliments of HCR and explore Vendors at your leisure. There will be various free giveaways as well as items for purchase at the Vendor Village.
Post-Race & Awards:
Overall & Age-group Awards are by Zachy’s Wines and other local Merchants. There will be free-giveaways from sponsors such as Domino’s Pizza, Lock-Laces, Crown Awards and more! Come prepared to stay for the awards and fun festivities and enjoy live music and shopping.
Overall & Age Group Awards:
1 Mile Overall M/F Under 15
1 Mile Fastest Family/Team
1 Mile Overall M/F Dog
5K Walk Overall M/F Adult
5K Walk Overall M/F <15
5K Run Overall M/F
5K Run Top M/F <15 15-20, 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
5K Run 1st finisher with a Dog
10K Run Overall M/F
10K Run Top M/F <15, 15-20, 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
10K Run 1st finisher with a Dog
Awards will be given for highest fundraiser, fastest Team, etc. Lots of great prizes and giveaways, stick around and see what you get!
The Hot Cocoa Run (HCR) is a small "grassroots" event which started in 2007 as just a fun get together among friends who were fundraising for charity. For 9 years it was hosted right out of my driveway and included was 5k Run or Walk, a 10k Run. It was held every other year until 2009 when it became annual. As of 2014, the 1mi Family Frolic/Dog Walk was added to accentuate this as a family/pet friendly and community event and allow those battling ALS to participate at a shorter distance. Participants are served hot cocoa post race which is brewed in a cast iron cauldron over an open fire.
Friends, family and personal time, money and efforts are what pull this race together. You will meet a live Froste D-Snowman, get great peppermint hot cocoa and plenty of prizes including age-group awards from Zachy’s Wine and over $1000 in local merchant give-aways plus a great swag bag and finisher medals for all children (<15) and first timers.
This event remains committed to recycle/re-use as much as possible to benefit our planet AND ensure $0.90 of every dollar goes to the cause. In 2019 funds will remain benefitting ALS- Compassionate Care (CCALS) in memory of Claire Gormly Collier as well as proceeds going to Diabetes and Alzheimer's/Dementia in honor of my parents. Proceeds from the dog event will benefit animal foster care.
In 2007 we raised $1111 and over $22,000 was donated last year! 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. I am setting the 2019 goal to $25,000 and 400 entrants - Help be a part of this incredible event.