- 3 miles/5K, 9 miles/15K
- Road Race
Expo: The expo was very simple and easy. Bibs were assigned via dynamic assignment methods which were very efficient. There expo was small-moderate in size, with some race-branded merchandise as well as typical expo finds. I enjoyed some hot chocolate and chocolate treats as well as the Nuun booth!
Start/finish village: I'm not a Philly local, but it seemed that the Art Museum was a pretty convenient location, if not a beautiful one! There was a small area with some heaters which was fantastic and the porta-johns were plentiful! The finisher mug tent was well marked and ready to serve up some Hot Cocoa! There were plenty of photo ops for those who were interested.
Race course: This course was simple and seems to be similar to other Philly races. The course started off running towards downtown, came back towards the art museum, and followed a road along the river for the rest of the miles. Thanks to the corrals, the course wasn't crowded. There were minimal hills and the course miles were well marked. Splits were collected at each 5K split. There was even chocolate available twice on the course!
Swag: The swag for this race was fantastic. As a lady, I got a purple quarter zip, which fits well and is incredibly soft. The medal is big and hefty, with a city-specific key-chain. Of course, the Hot Chocolate races are known for their chocolate finisher mugs! I loved the mug full of hot cocoa, chocolate fondue, rice krispy treats, pretzels, marshmallows, and shortbread cookies. I never received my banana, which I was slightly disappointed about.
This was a fun themed race and I recommend it for a fun time with friends!