Have you ever run the Hot Chocolate 15K or 5K? It's a race series that travels across the continent rewarding racers with a fun theme and lots of chocolate. They serve some of the creamiest hot chocolate I've tasted.
This year the race returns to Tampa on December 15. Keep reading to see the swag and while you're here, grab my discount code to SAVE $5 Off your TAMPA registration.
SAVE $5 or Score a Hat with Discount Codes
I just got this code that gives you $5 off your registration: DHARATKFBO (case sensitive).
Try to use it before the prices for both races go up on December 1st!
This discount code only works for the TAMPA races. If you want an extra perk for another city, use the city-specific codes on my race discounts page. That code gets you a HC15K/5K running hat.
If you're in Tampa and want a running hat instead of $5 off, use code BRHCTAMPA19.
Check Out the HC15K / 5K Swag and Bling
Chocolate On Course and at the Finish Line
Enjoy a Festive Run Along Bayshore Boulevard
Check out my favorite photo from last year: Olaf Racers! There were lots of runners dressed up in holiday gear. The race course takes you all along Bayshore Boulevard with views of Tampa Bay and beautiful homes decorated for the season. This race always puts me in a holiday mood.
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The Best Damn Race series focuses on great locations and courses. Each event has two or more races and welcomes runners of all abilities. The #BDR post race parties have excellent food and fun to celebrate your racing accomplishment!
Disclaimer: I’m an ambassador for the Best Damn Race. I'm promoting the races because they're awesome
February 1-2 Weekend in Safety Harbor, FL
Saturday: 5K, 10K + Double Challenge
Sunday: Half Marathon + Triple Challenge
The Safety Harbor Best Damn Races start and finish on the beautiful downtown waterfront.
Register for a BDR Challenge in Safety Harbor, and all you'll need is shoes and shorts! That's 'cause you score BDR socks, shirts, and a hat or visor when you run the Double or Triple Challenge.
5K, 10K or the Half racers get a beautiful race, shirt, finisher medal, and a fantastic post-race party on the waterfront.
Saturday, February 15 in Savannah, GA
5K and Half Marathon
Come race around the scenic squares in Savannah. The Best Damn Race Savannah half and 5K both begin and end at Forsyth Park.
See the NOLA historic sites, then celebrate afterwards at the Best Damn Race party.
See the fountain on the medal? That water glows in the dark! Don't forget: First 2,000 Registered Runners Get BDR Socks!
Saturday, February 29 in Orlando, FL
5K, 10K, Double Challenge, Half Marathon
It's leap year, and what better way to celebrate an extra day than running a race?
If you're one of the early birds for Best Damn Race Orlando you'll score Orlando socks.
Everything begins and ends at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. Celebrate after the race with an excellent post race party.
Sunday, March 22 in New Orleans, LA
5K and Half Marathon
Come experience New Orleans on foot. Run through NOLA and earn this 3D sugar skull medal. The eyes glow in the dark! First 2,500 Registered Runners Get NOLA Socks.
There are two Best Damn Race New Orleans events. The 5K and half marathon begin and end in the French Quarter
Register early at BestDamnRace.com to get your new pair of city-specific socks!
Use the discount code: "ThisOldRunner" when you and your running friends register to SAVE 10% off your races.
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September heat and humidity are always a challenge here. Sunday was a cloudless, sunny day with 85% humidity. We had a slight breeze at the start, and a better breeze during the last mile.
The Fort DeSoto Park paved trail is nice, but has very little shade. That was okay, since my goal was to test my hydration and fueling plan in tough conditions.
I'm a real fan of the Gatorade Endurance products I'm using this year. I've had no stomach troubles, and they're easy to take while running. I used energy gels and thirst quencher during this race.
I started too fast, but calmed down and ran slow and steady after mile 2. I ran one mile with a pacing group which was fun. Most of the time I ran my own race with one eye on my BPM. It was super hot and I wanted to stay safe. 'Cause I'm not This Young Runner.
How Many Miles in Your 15K?
Somehow, I always run too far at Ft. DeSoto. I'm not sure if it's my GPS or if I swerve a lot. I tried to run tangents, but whatever. My race totaled 9.41 miles instead of 9.3.
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What's Next on the Racing Schedule?
The Best Damn Race Orlando and NOLA medal sneak peeks are here! You can see the Safety Harbor medals and perks in my earlier post.
Keep reading to see the bling you earn by running in Orlando on February 29, and New Orleans on March 22, 2020. And there's a discount code for you at the end of the post!
Disclaimer: I’m an ambassador for the Best Damn Race. I'm promoting the races 'cause they're awesome.
Run a Best Damn Race 5K, 10K, Challenge or Half in Orlando on February 29, 2020
Run a Best Damn Race 5K or Half in New Orleans on March 22, 2020
SOON: Sneak Peek at the Savannah Medals
Use Discount Code "ThisOldRunner" to SAVE 10% on ANY Best Damn Race in Any City!
Use my discount code: "ThisOldRunner" when you register to run in Safety Harbor, Orlando, Savannah, and New Orleans and you'll SAVE 10% on your race! Feel free to share the discount code with friends and family!
I have a short-term discount code for the Hidrate Spark 3 Smart Water Bottle for you! You can SAVE $5 when you order your Hidrate Spark 3 before September 30 at 11:59 CT.
SAVE $5 on Hidrate Spark 3 with "RUNNER5"
The price on the bottles goes up soon, so go grab one! Check out the video below to learn more about this smart water bottle. You can sync the app to your phone or exercise tracker. How cool is that?!
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2020 BDR Schedule
Feb. 1-2: Safety Harbor
Feb. 15: Savannah
Feb. 29: Orlando
Mar. 22: New Orleans
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