- 3 miles/5K, 9 miles/15K
- Road Race
Expo - The expo was small but nice. There was chocolate at every turn! I went to athlete services to downgrade and it was by far the easiest process I've ever had at a race. They took my name, made the switch, printed a sticker, and put it on a new bib. Easy-peasy!! Other races really need to learn from them!
Pre Race Parking - Knowing the area I just grabbed a meter spot near the convention center and it was easy. There is a parking garage option for $5 but there is a bit of a line to get in there.
Race - Corrals are setup easy and visible. They are strict about your corral. If you are in C, there is no getting into B! The sunrise was gorgeous and the crowds spread out quickly. That just left a nice run! I got to the first aid station and was happy to see in addition to water there were chocolate chips and marshmallows!
I have to say I loved pretty much everything about this race! They stick to the theme pretty well! The post-race food was really tasty. I do have to say that the hocho in the bowl was delish! I was expecting to get that watery hot chocolate but this stuff was thick and tasty!
The race was well supported, ample volunteers, and a lot of fun!
Post race - My final note on this race was the speediness of the results and photos. My final time was ready as soon as I finished. I got my FREE finisher photo less than 8 hours later. That is UNHEARD of! The Tampa Hot Chocolate 5K was a great race, well supported, and well done! I hope to try other Hot Chocolate races in 2019!