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New this year: 5k Fun Run and three start times!

This year we’ve made a big change: three start times!

Until 2013, Hot Chocolate Run participants could choose from a 2-mile walk or a 5k road race. Over the years, as the event got more and more popular, the road race got a bit crowded. So this year, we’re giving our runners two options: the 5k Road Race, and a 5k Fun Run!

The Fun Run will follow the exact same course as the Road Race. Everyone (even walkers!) will get a timing chip, so Fun Runners will get an official chip time. But in the Fun Run, there are no winners, and runners will not be ranked according to time. Sign up for the Fun Run for a mellower running experience–and get to the hot chocolate faster!

We hope this change will make the 5k Road Race safer and more enjoyable for runners who choose this option.

Unsure about which option to choose when you register? Do you think you’ll change your mind? No problem. Just take your best guess–and on event day, simply line up for whichever event you’d like to do. No need to notify anyone!

Here’s the schedule of start times for 2014:

  • 3k walk: 9:00 a.m.
  • 5k Fun Run: 9:20 a.m.
  • 5k Road Race: 10:00 a.m.