- 3 miles/5K, 9 miles/15K, Virtual Race
- Road Race
- Event Website
Running just got a lot sweeter! The Hot Chocolate Race series is such a fun event. I ran the 15k distance in Golden Gate Park in January of 2022. I had heard so many great things about it and couldn’t wait to experience it myself. The race organizers kept us well informed despite pandemic concerns. Registration, gear check, volunteers, photo opps, and music were top notch! There were 2 race distances, a 5k and a 15k. It was a great opportunity for thousands of people to take advantage of healthy new year’s resolutions. All ages and abilities were present in the corrals. Parking was a breeze. I parked at Kezar Stadium which offered a $14 flat rate for the day, and was about a half mile from the starting area. I can’t say enough about the beautiful course. Golden Gate Park is pristine with waterfalls, statues, and gardens. As you continue out of the park, views of the Pacific ocean distract you for about 3 miles until you return to the park and up to the finish line. Aid stations offered water, honey stinger hydration, and a surprise treat! Beware, the last 2 miles are uphill but they aren’t too bad. This race has the best swag! Everyone received a super cozy finisher’s jacket, medal, and hot chocolate treats! I devoured mine while taking in the music at the post race staging area. I highly recommend this race for anyone looking to run a beginner-friendly race or experienced runners looking for a gorgeous course.