Sweet Endings

The Hot Chocolate 15/5K Series, dubbed "America's sweetest race," kicks off in Denver today before continuing to fourteen other cities. While the race offers runners the opportunity to raise money for Ronald McDonald Charities and goodie bags complete with fleece-lined zip hoodies, Hot Chocolate Series organizers are most excited about the 15K finisher medals.

"It's in the shape of a candy bar with a shiny gold wrapper featuring the Rocky Mountains,” says Steve Ginsburg, CEO of RAM Racing and founder of the Hot Chocolate Series. “We liken it to the launch of a new iPhone." In addition to the medal, each finisher gets hot chocolate, snacks for dipping in fondue and entrance to the post-race party.

The race begins and ends in Civic Center Park, at Broadway and Colfax Avenue; the 5K portion starts at 7 a.m., while the 15K begins at 7:50. Registration, $49 for 5K racers and $74 for 15K racers, is available at hotchocolate15k.com/denver.
Sun., Oct. 5, 7 a.m., 2014

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