It is getting close to the Columbus Hot Chocolate 5k/15k--November 16. I'm excited as I keep hearing that more and more of my running peeps will be there. We will party in C-Town!
Here is the 15k medal for this year:
Isn't it adorable? You can tell it has the special Ohio touch because there is a buckeye on it. They even got the candy right! (On a side note, did you realize that there are people outside Ohio who don't know what buckeye candies are? Me neither. How can you live life if you've never eaten a buckeye?)
When I ran the Hot Chocolate 15k in 2012, I loved the course. It took me through the Short North, part of the campus of The Ohio State University, and some residential areas. I enjoy looking at the scenery when I run; the houses were really funky and cool, and the campus was gorgeous. Here is the course map for this year:
It is impossible for me to understand maps unless they are AAA Triptiks (remember those?), so I don't know where we are going, really. The important part for me is the CHOCOLATE STATION!!! Can you believe that there will be chocolate at mile 5?
I would include an elevation map for you, but I understand those even less than conventional maps.
By the way, I am not even good at following maps or directions on my phone! Yesterday I tried to find a store that I thought was in Cuyahoga Falls, and somehow I ended up in Canal Fulton. True but pathetic story. Oh, and when my friend Joy and I tried to find my car after the Akron Half Marathon, we had to walk at least two miles out of our way because I got lost IN MY OWN HOMETOWN. sigh.
The post-race party that year was so fun. There was a great band and lots of chocolate, of course. Here is what you get from the food tent when you finish:
This is a finisher's mug with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue, and dippables. There are usually bananas, pretzels, crackers, and marshmallows. It is soooo good!
Are you salivating? Does a party in Columbus sound good to you? Join me, Peeps; let's run the Hot Chocolate together! Click here to register for the Columbus race. Use my code to get a free hat: TroubleRunHat.
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