Have you seen it? The Hot Chocolate Races revealed the new race dates and SWAG this week.
Keep reading for details on 2021-2022 live races and everyone's favorite goodie bag! Info on this season's new promo code and bonus swag, too.
Disclaimer: I received a free Hot Chocolate 15K race entry as a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro ambassador, and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!
2021-22 Hot Chocolate Race Jacket
The Hot Chocolate series is known for it's fabulous hot chocolate and awesome race jackets.
Each year they raise the bar on the jacket fashion and functionality. This year's model is an insulated medium-weight running jacket that keeps you warm without weighing you down.
It's a combination of puffer jacket and athletic wear that includes spandex for a fitted shape. There are three secure zipper pockets for stashing your essentials. And yes, it has thumb holes!
This jacket is gonna be great in any cool weather situation. You can specify your size at registration — the jacket is available in Men’s, Women’s, and Youth sizes.
Early Bird Registration is Open for 2021-2022 Season
The Tampa Hot Chocolate 15k/5k returns on Sunday, December 19, 2021. Early Bird Pricing is in effect through October 3. Register now for the best price: the 15K is $59 and the 5K is $39.
Pick Your City and Register Now for the Best Price
The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K will race in person in the cities below. I hope you'll join me in Tampa or choose another city this year.
Yep, You Can Run Virtually This Season
If you can't make it to a certain location, no worries! You can run a Hot Chocolate Race Virtually wherever you are.
Last year lots of runners and walkers enjoyed running virtually. This year, along with in-person events, anyone can run a virtual Hot Chocolate 15k/5k race.
Participate when and where you like, and get your goodie bag, medal, personalized bib and chocolate kit shipped to you. (Contiguous USA only.)
I can tell you — I enjoyed running virtually last year. It's a great way to experience America’s Sweetest Race when you aren't ready to travel or aren't comfortable racing in-person.
Simply choose the Hot Chocolate Race Virtual Option on the website to register and join the fun!
How to Add Extra SWAG to Your Goodie Bag
Register Today to Run or Walk a Hot Chocolate 15K or 5K Race! Get in On Early Bird Pricing for Tampa Right Now!
#HotChocolate15K #HC5K #BibChat #HC15K #HCTampaBR #WillRunForChocolate #BibRavePro #VirtualHC15K #BibRave #BibChat ##BUFFUSA #BUFF #RunningGear #RaceSwag #HoorayRunning #EverySingleStreet #EverySinglePerson
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.
Did you hear the news? See the medal?
Today (7/19/19) the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K and 5K peeps announced a medal for 5K racers! That's right, starting with the 2019-2020 season, 5K runners will get a sweet medal.
In the past, all participants received the HC15K jacket and a finishers cup filled with chocolate fondue. But, only 15K runners received a medal.
Well, the folks at Ram Racing and the Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K heard the requests of 5K runners. They came through with a 5K medal!
Take a peek below, then go sign up for the Hot Chocolate 15K or 5K near you.
Hot Chocolate 5K Medals Start in Denver
The Denver race on October 6 is first in line for 5K medals. Check out the other cities in the graphic above. Besides the medals, the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K always puts on a great race with goodies on course, and the awesome finishers cup and swag shown below.
Hope to See You In Tampa!
Register for Tampa and I'll see you there. This is a fun and festive race that takes runners along Bayshore Blvd. just before Christmas. There are lots of decorations on the houses, and the runners. It's a scenic, fun run.
The weather has been perfect the past couple of years. But, it's Florida, so expect anything from a heat wave to a cold front. I enjoy this race because all the festive outfits help put me in the holiday mood. Plus, a 15K is a great way to burn off calories during the holidays.
I'm not an ambassador this year, but I wanted to get the word out that 5K runners get a medal. If I come across a code for bonus swag I'll pass it along. In the meantime, my advice is to register early for the best price. The price goes up October 13.
See you at the starting line!
The Hot Chocolate 15K / 5K Returns to Tampa on December 15, 2019
The Hot Chocolate races return to Tampa for the fourth year in 2019. This race is the perfect pre-holiday treat! Get in one more run before the holidays get hectic.
Disclaimer: I'm an ambassador for the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Tampa event.
New Season SWAG: Oct. 2019 to April 2020 Races
What's in the Hot Chocolate Race Finisher Mug?
There's something new in the finisher mugs! Honey Stinger has joined the sweetness you get at the end of your race. Mmmmm!
Get BONUS SWAG in Your Goodie Bag!
The Hot Chocolate series doesn't use discount codes. But they do excellent SWAG. Here are some examples of recent bonus items: HC Branded baseball cap, visor, phone armband holder. What will it be this year?
A few examples of previous Hot Chocolate Race BONUS SWAG. (Photo credit: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K)
See You at Hot Chocolate Tampa on Dec. 15th!
Register Early for the Best Price on HC15K/5K
#HotChocolateTampa #HotChocolateRace #HC15K #HC5K #Tampa #CouponCode #BonusSWAG #RunTampa #RunStPete #RunSarasota #RunBrandon #RunBradenton #RunTampaBay #RunFlorida #WillRunForChocolate
Disclaimer: I'm promoting the Hot Chocolate 15K as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews
Countdown to the Starting Line
Get ready to run in Tampa on Sunday, December 16th! The race begins at the Tampa Convention Center. Packet pickup happens at the Expo on Saturday.
Race Start Times and Corrals
5k - 7:00AM
15k - 7:45AM
Corral Assignments: Check your email for a link to your RAM Racing account. View your registration to find your corral. Then, visit the Corral Information page to find out your wave. All the info you need is in the Participant Guide online.
Find details on parking locations for the expo and race at https://www.tampagov.net/tcc/parking.
Expo and Packet Pickup: Sat., Dec. 15, 10 to 6
Tampa Convention Center East Hall
333 S Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602
Enjoy chocolate samples, peruse the vendor booths, and pickup your swag at the expo. Get in some holiday shopping while you're there. Plenty of Hot Chocolate branded gear and clothing and vendor goods will be on display. Special race deals, too!
Vendors: AARP Community Programs, Ameriprise Financial, Bondi Band, Clearwater Running Festival, Gulf Coast Gourmet Foods, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, LASIK Vision Institute, Medsense Massagers, OIC Advance, Power Home Remodeling, Topgolf
Sponsors: Allstate, nuun
IMPORTANT: No Race Day Packet Pickup
There is no race-day packet pickup. You can have a friend pick up your packet if you can't make it on Saturday.
#HCBRTAMPA18 #HCTAMPA #HotChocolate15K #HotChocolate5K #RunTampa #RunStPete #BibChat
Disclosure: Some posts may contain affiliate links. If you buy through those links you won't pay a penny more, but we may get a small commission.