Hot Chocolate Phoenix

Hot Chocolate Phoenix

Hot Chocolate Phoenix

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

Megan Vickery

Spokane Valley, Nevada, United States
17 14
"The Chocolate is Hotter in Phoenix"
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Megan Vickery's thoughts:

This is my second year running the HC Phoenix 15k and is one of the race weekends I look forward to the most every year. Starting with the expo, you immediately get into the festive spirit as everyone is in a great mood, most likely because they are handing out as much free chocolate as you can eat! The chocolate fondue with marshmallow dippers and delectable hot chocolate are the perfect way to get a kick-start on carb loading! The streak of awesome finisher swag continued this year with a super comfy hoodie that has two separate zipper pockets, which is super handy to store pre-run items! There were plenty of port-a-potties at the start line, so you didn't have to worry about standing in long lines and missing the start. This is a mostly flat course that winds through the streets of downtown Phoenix before the 15k splits off for an up and over on a bridge around mile 6.5. It can be an unexpected surprise for first timers, but thankfully I remembered what to expect from last year. There is another uphill right at mile 9, uphill finishes are not my fave but this one isn’t bad as long as you keep some gas in the tank. After crossing the finish line you get to collect a sweet medal and the prized chocolate fondue and dippers- yum! The hot chocolate is seriously some of the best I’ve had, I could drink mugs of it! They have a DJ playing to keep the vibe up and plenty of backdrops to snap a quick picture. Special call out to the spectators and volunteers, they are all super friendly and energized. I will definitely be back in 2023!

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