• San Francisco,
    United States
  • January
  • 3 miles/5K, 9 miles/15K
  • Road Race

Barbara Sweet

Alviso, California, United States
11 13
"Sweet Victory"
Aid Stations
Course Scenery
Expo Quality
Elevation Difficulty
Race Management
Barbara Sweet's thoughts:

I went to the expo expecting it to be small and only about getting your swag and leaving, but I was so wrong! The expo was at a convention center in South San Francisco. I didn't have a problem finding a parking spot or finding my way into the expo. There were lots of volunteers and signs to show you the way. I didn't have to wait long in line to get my gear either. There were plenty of people working to hand out the swag bags, bibs, and shirts. Inside the expo, there were several vendor booths with racing-related merchandise. There even booths promoting other races in the Bay Area that offered additional swag if you signed up for the race while at the expo.
My husband and I both got long-sleeved technical racing shirts. They even had a front zippered pocket for your car keys, some money, or something small.

Beautiful views of Golden Gate Park and by the ocean. It was an ever-changing scenery that kept you motivated.

Aid Stations
There were several aid stations that there were well stocked and well run. There were a lot of volunteers there with both Nuun drinks and water on hand to give out. There was no need to slow down too much or stop to get your refreshments.

It was a big race with over 5,000 people. The shuttle service made it easy for people to get to and from the event. The parking for the race was perfect. I arrived and immediately found a parking spot. Once at the event, there were some inflatables and other photo opportunities hot chocolate themed of course. There were many families and small groups racing together. It was a fun contagious atmosphere.

Post race I beelined for to get my finisher's mug. I ripped out the bottom part of my bib and exchanged it for a Hot Chocolate finishers mug with goodies. It was the perfect finally to a great race. The mug included a cup of hot chocolate, dipping chocolate, pretzels, cookies, a banana, and a rice crispy treat. I can see why Hot Chocolate races are so popular. They're a lot of fun!

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