Hot Chocolate Columbus

Hot Chocolate Columbus

Hot Chocolate Columbus

( 26 reviews )
96% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Columbus,
    United States
  • November
  • 3 miles/5K, 9 miles/15K, Virtual Race
  • Road Race
  • Event Website


Columbus, Ohio, United States
11 10
"A Runner's Delight!"
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Caitlin 's thoughts:

The review title speaks for itself! What a great race! I ran the HC15K with two other girls and as we walked back to our car, we discussed how we really didn't have one complaint about this race.

Starting with the expo...

My cousin picked up a slew of packets on Friday, mine included- he said he was in & out in 15 minutes tops. He also mentioned there was lots of vendors and the packets were very well organized. He even mentioned that people were able to try on the race sweatshirt sizes in case they needed to exchange which I thought was a huge convenience.

The SWAG was awesome!!! Everyone received a hooded HC 2014 sweatshirt with a little runner icon on the back, which was super cute! The only downside is that all 5K participants didn't get the fancy finisher's medal..which is a slight bummer. Post race, everyone received a large mug full of chocolate fondue and goodies, along with hot chocolate. It was delicious!

Parking was excellent. There are so many places to park and garages down town Columbus. Parking was 5 dollars pretty much everywhere. I will say, the instructions and race management says all runners should arrive 1 1/2 BEFORE your assigned start time. I suggest maybe getting there MAX 45 mins early. We definitely didn't need all of that extra time...although you do never know how traffic is going to be on race morning. We ended up snuggling in my car for a good hour prior to heading to the start line:)

The 15K course itself was a really enjoyable route. Runners got a little taste of everything...Downtown, Arena District, Short North, OSU Campus...I really, really enjoyed it! The course even had some challenging elevation which was fun. The aid stations were spread out appropriately with both water and Gatorade. There was even a few bonus stations which included tootsie rolls, strawberry marshmallows, and chocolate kisses being passed out.

This race was super fun! The SWAG makes the entry feel WELL worth it! a true yummy delight in this runner's book!:)

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