It’s almost time to lace up those running shoes and sign up for the annual Hot Chocolate 15/5k run! This year’s yummy and fun event kicks off on Sunday, March 5th at Seattle Center How’s that for a great way to spend the first Sunday-Funday of March, both for seasoned runners and first-timers who aren’t afraid of a challenge!
The fun begins bright and early at 6:45a.m. with the 5K and the 15k starts at 7:55a.m. Race participants can expect a fun, well organized and challenging race through the heart of beautiful Downtown Seattle (hills and all!), a fabulous SWAG bag of goodies to take home, of course, delicious chocolate. Talk about motivation to finish strong!
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday while getting a great workout, consider signing up for this once-a-year event. The challenge is worth it to get to the Post Race Party where runners will enjoy music, a family friendly environment and a ‘finisher’s mug’ filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and delightfully dippable treats. Don’t count the calories, you will have more than earned this chocolate indulgence!
The Hot Chocolate Run isn’t just a great way to spend a day off. The Hot Chocolate Run is partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping to provide a home-away-from-home for children and the families of children being treated at Seattle Children’s’ Hospital, at little to no cost to the families. A portion of the proceeds from signing up for this race will go to this outstanding cause, helping to make a real difference in our community.
Not into running or chocolate? That’s fine! But be aware, this race will take place in Downtown Seattle and along many main roads and thoroughfares, so you will want to plan ahead for any travel on that day. Take a look at the map (left) to see the route and read the chart below for a street closure timeline, to help you plan your day.
This event is great to do with friends, family or even by yourself. You’ll probably leave with new friends after a little friendly competition! This event brings together people from all over the city and state, so get out there, mix, mingle and help build a wonderful feeling of community in our fair city. Sprint into Springtime at this fabulous annual event, get a good sweat on and maybe even make some new friends….oh and eat chocolate! Do we really need to sell you on this?
For more info on this event, road closures, the post-race party and more, visit the Hot Chocolate Run website here.
Anticipated Road Closures:
|Street Closure||From||To||Side of Road||Closure Time||Anticipated Opening|
|2nd Ave||Thomas St||Broad St||Whole Road||6:15AM||9:10AM|
|Broad St||2nd Ave||Elliott Ave||Westbound||6:15AM||9:15AM|
|Elliott Ave||Broad St||SR-99 NB On-Ramp||SB One Lane||6:15AM||9:20AM|
|Elliott Ave||SR-99 NB On-Ramp||Western Ave||Whole Road||6:20AM||9:20AM|
|Western Ave||Elliott Ave||Spring St||Whole Road||6:20AM||9:40AM|
|SR-99||Bell St||John St||NB Lanes||6:15AM||11:15AM|
|SR-99||Western Ave||John St||SB Lanes||6:15AM||10:25AM|
|Aurora Ave||Denny Way||45th St||NB Lanes||6:15AM||11:15AM|
|Aurora Ave||38th St||Denny Way||SB Lanes||6:15AM||10:25AM|
|Harrison St||Aurora Ave||Dexter Ave||Whole Road||6:25AM||11:15AM|
|Dexter Ave||Harrison St||Mercer St||SB One Lane||6:25AM||11:15AM|
|Mercer St||Dexter Ave||5th Ave||East Bound Lanes||6:25AM||11:20AM|
|5th Ave||Mercer St||Thomas Ave||SB Lanes||3:00AM||12:00PM|
|5th Ave||Mercer St||Thomas Ave||NB Lanes||6:25AM||11:25AM|