Hot Chocolate Louisville

Hot Chocolate Louisville

Hot Chocolate Louisville

( 5 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Louisville,
    Kentucky,
    United States
  • April
  • 3 miles/5K, 9 miles/15K, Virtual Race
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

This Old Runner ~~

Florida, United States
32 22
2021
"The Upside of a Virtual Hot Chocolate 15K"
Overall
Race Management
SWAG
Virtual Support
This Old Runner ~~'s thoughts:

The 2021 Allstate Hot Chocolate Virtual Races have a flat rate of $40. It's the same price if you run a 15K or 5K. That's a GREAT VALUE when you consider everything you get. (Keep reading!)

If you register a couple of weeks before the race, they'll mail your swag to you before race day. It includes a REAL race bib and your finisher's medal, so it's nice to have it early.

My SWAG bag arrived 6 days before my race. Perfect! Check out the contents:

• Super Soft Full-zip Jacket with a Removable Hood and Roomy Pockets
• A REAL Race Bib and Safety Pins
• 2 Packets of #HC15K Hot Chocolate (it's delicious!)
• Dark Chocolate Squares
• Race Sponsor Samples (i.e., Nuun)
• Finishers Medal with Chocolate Inside

The Allstate Hot Chocolate team interacted with runners online to encourage them to keep training. They encouraged everyone to post to social media with the race hashtags. That was a fun way to engage in a virtual race community. (All Hot Chocolate racers can interact on social using #HotChocolate5k and #HC15k.)

There was great communication throughout the training period. There's even a free plan you can download from the website.

Most virtual races have a way for participants to submit their results to see how they compare to the competition.The Hot Chocolate site makes it easy to upload your race results through your race account.

I completed my Hot Chocolate 15K Louisville in one of my favorite local parks instead of downtown Louisville. Yes, I'd love to see the sights and sounds of Louisville during a race, but I had a wonderful time taking in the views on my trail.

While no one will ever mistake a virtual race for a real one, there are plenty of benefits. That's never been truer than during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need a reason to go outside — or if competition, deadlines, and swag motivate you — a virtual Hot Chocolate race is the answer. They have races all across the US.

Until we're able to race safely in person, virtual races offer a fun experience that keeps people engaged and active. Add in some chocolate, a great medal and a jacket, and that's a win-win for me! 

#HCLouisBr #HCVirtualBR #VirtualHotChocolate

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