- 3 miles/5K, 9 miles/15K
- Road Race
You guys. This race was so fun!
I'll start by sharing that I got a free entry into this race because we've worked with Hot Chocolate for like 100 years now and they are definitely part of the BibRave fam. That being said, I was not given an entry with any expectation of reviewing the race. But...
This race really is so fun - expo and check in were a breeze (dynamic bib assignment FTW!), and the expo space was perfect. Spacious enough to feel like a serious expo, but not so big that it felt empty. Some great vendors from both the race and brand side. Even got to see the awesome folks at Knockaround sunglasses, who are new sponsors to the race series!
The race is hard, y'all, but I really liked it. Yes, there's like 1,100 feet of gain over 15K, and that's pretty serious. But the hills are pretty long and gradual so it never feels like you just run into a wall. The course is spacious and is an out-and-back, which I like because I love the energy of seeing people in front of me and behind me throughout the race. Makes you feel more connected to both ends of the field!
Post race is just silly - I'm told they recently reformulated their hot chocolate and it is just the most rich, decadent chocolate goodness you can find. Honeystinger waffle dipped in chocolate fondue? Just stop. It's so, so good. And the volunteers on and off the course - including in the finisher area - were like nothing I've ever seen. Stoke level midnight for sure!
The weather was sunny and cool and beautiful - honestly perfect race day weather. If you're considering a fun, laid back race or a tune-up race during a faster training cycle - you should definitely check this race. And - maybe best of all - free finisher pics delivered right away (see attached).