Enter to win a FREE entry to the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K!

I’m excited about this race! I ran the 5K last year with my wife, it was her first! Actually, I ran with 5 first timers and had a blast. Sure I shared some of the criticisms of last year’s event.

But earlier this year I heard RAM Racing was revamping the whole event, and my reluctance to sign up again dissipated. The more I heard, the more excited I got. RAM Racing promised to make changes and resolve all the issues people had with last year’s race! Awesome!

And so they did, the Hot Chocolate 15/5K is all new this year! Last year, the race course was on the lake front path which led to a crowded, congested and frustrating course. This year the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K has a brand spanking new course, all on city streets, much like the marathon. I think people will enjoy the wider course. It’ll be less congested, folks will run faster and have a better race day experience.

RAM Racing has always had a reputation for great goodie bags, but last year some people didn’t like the way the Hot Chocolate jackets fit. I admit, I was one of those people. This year there will be a jacket swap at the expo to insure that everyone is happy with what they take home. I like that…a lot! I had a chance to see the jackets this year, and they are sweet! I tried on an XL and it fit! So I’m excited!

And for people who are intimidated by the idea of running a 15K or even a 5K, they are adding a 1.2 mile walk this year benefiting Little City.This is a great opportunity to bring the family together, enjoy the day, help charity and have a lot of chocolate!

Oh yeah, did I mention the chocolate? There will be a lot of chocolate. The Hot Chocolate 15K and 5K will serve up 280,000 gallons of Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate at the post race party!

RAM Racing is super excited about the changes and have hired a new CEC…Chief Executive Chocoholic. Check out the video highlighting this year’s changes!

The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K is Saturday, November 5th! Registration is open, but it’s close to selling out so go register now! BUT let’s have some fun! In my hand I hold not one entry to give away, but two FREE entries to this year’s Hot Chocolate 15K/5K to giveaway!

So here’s what we’re going to do! To enter to win, leave a comment below and tell me what makes you the biggest chocoholic!

I’ll leave this contest open for a week, and  then next Thursday I’ll draw two winners randomly from those who leave a comment below! I think this is going to be fun! If you don’t want to wait and see if you win, you can still register! Good luck and remember to leave a comment below…telling me what makes you the biggest chocoholic!

More later!


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  • SHAME~! I at one point during college (ie the 'dark days') I drank an entire can of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup. Yup.

    I used a bottle opener to poke two holes in it, like you would do with motor oil.

    Does it even come in cans anymore or have I exposed my elderness?

    I also am a big fan of chocolate fountains in November as my wedding anniversary is in November and we had an awesome chocolate fountain where thankfully I did not drink straight from it.

  • Not sure how running this 5K makes you an expert. Shame on RAM Racing

  • In reply to FirstMarathon:

    Actually shame on you for throwing poison darts and not having a clue at what you are saying. Dan has finished two marathons several 1/2 marathons as well as lost 130 pounds in a year and raised thousands for charity.
    If you learned how to read and not just be a sarcastic jerk, you would see that it was his wife's first 5k and not his.
    But you know the old saying opinions are like a$$holes and you are...well you get the idea.

  • In reply to FirstMarathon:

    I never said I was an expert. Where in my post did I make this claim?

    Well, you left a comment, so you're still entered into the drawing. Good luck!

  • In reply to cubicledad:

    I don't think this person should be entered in the drawing because clearly they can't comprehend what they read. Their comment does not describe why they are a chocoholic. Just sayin'

  • Like you I used to be over 300lbs so I guess that alone qualifies me as a serious chocoholic! These days 100lbs+/- less I'm able to avoid most chocolate, but put a jar of Nutella in front of me and I'm still in serious trouble... so I'll always be a chocoholic at heart! Anyway I haven't done this race since the 2nd year they ran it, and would love to see how they improved!

  • In reply to idealmuse:

    Oh, but don't include me in the entry for this please looks like I'm already going to be there.

  • I believe I was one of those first timers last year :) Thanks to your inspiration I have the lofty goal of running the WDW marathon in January so this 15K will keep me on track with my long runs. I am a chocoholic because recently, during my lunch break at work I had to go to the store and buy 20 bucks worth of chocolate. Everything from Twix and Hershey's Kisses to Little Debbie snacks (I shared with my co workers because I know what over indulgence can do). Love the Marshmallow suit LOL.

  • I'm pretty sure I live my life ONLY for chocolate. I eat nutella by the jar, hot fudge by the spoon, and chocolate fudge brownie ice cream like there is no tomorrow. I love chocolate!!

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    Funny how trolls get everyone riled up. Obviously, that person is missing chocolate in their lives... LOL...

    As for what makes me the biggest chocoholic - um, hello - I live in a house full of sweet toothers. My love is spent baking and concocting chocolate treats - fudge, homemade musketeers bars, cookies, cakes, brownies, you name it!

  • Not a troll. Just someone who didn't talk on my phone, text or tweet during the Chicago Marathon ! I actually take running seriously and run. Cubicle Dad blogged more about phone calls, texting and tweeting than putting one foot in front of the other.

  • In reply to FirstMarathon:

    For the record, I didn't tweet during the race. My dad was tweeting updates on my account. I used my phone a couple of times after leaving the med tent, to let friends and family know what was going on. Other than that, I did focus on putting one foot in front of the other. I finished, though apparently that's not enough for a "serious" runner such as yourself.

  • In reply to FirstMarathon:

    Um you're a chump.

  • If taking running "seriously" means that you have to bag on other runners then I think you have missed the point. Some of us run for the enjoyment and health aspect of running and not for speed or to rip on other people. We actually try to support and encourage each other.
    If you are looking for a person to debate your "serious" hobby, you might want to stick with your "elite,serious" runners. I'll stick with Cubicle Dad and the high morals and inspiration that he lives his life by.
    God bless your day!

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    What makes me the biggest chocoholic? Maybe the fact that I replace my Gu with Snickers on a long run? Or devour my choco milk after a workout? or will buy a bag of fun size reese's peanut butter cups to help with my portion control, and end up eating the whole bag instead? haha I run so I can eat chocolate!!

  • For what it's worth, I think you are an expert. Races like Hot Chocolate, Monster Dash, even the RnR series, are designed to attract large numbers of participants and give them a chance to enjoy that "big race" experience. They aren't about qualifying for Boston or getting on an elite development team. They're about challenging yourself while having fun. And that, CubicleDad, is totally you. As for what it means to be a "serious" runner, any runner can be serious or not on any given day. If I'm doing a race as a training run, then sure, I'll tweet during it. Why not? I just make sure I stay in the back, out of the way. And if I'm going for a PR and other people are in the back of the pack tweeting away, good for them - it doesn't impact me at all (and it might get me a higher AG place - yay!) To each his/her own. (Oh, and as for the contest: I'm a total chocoholic. I add cocoa powder to my post-race recovery shakes. The Special Dark cocoa powder. Yum!)

  • Why am I a chocoholic? Well, because it is delicious. Why am I the biggest chocoholic, well because I eat a ton of it.

  • Hi Dan!
    I've been signed up for the 15K for quite a while now, (I'll look for you on race day!) so, I don't need the free entry but I am a huge chocoholic. (Just had a spoonful of Hershey's Hot Fudge topping, right from the fridge, after lunch. I can't believe I just admitted that.)
    Anyway, hope you have a great race and that I "run into you" on the 5th!

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    How about this? I'm not a chocoholic. But I am a run-a-holic. And I've always wanted to do this race. Pick me and there will be more chocolate for the rest of you ;)

  • MaryJo wins! More chocolate for the rest of us!

  • Am I missing something? I read your article a few times and no where did I see where you claim to be the Prefontaine or Bill Bowerman of competitive running . Actually for us wannabe healthier and better inspired runners, you're an inspiration and a pleasure to read. Having said this, I'm still trying to thaw my hands from digging deep down into my chest freezer, swearing that I had a few Chocolate covered Klondike bars. No luck! Will have to suffice with a frozen banana with chocolate syrup.

  • I guess I would also consider the I run so I can have chocolate. It's in my drinks, desserts, and beers.

  • ..because I'd be willing to run 9.3 miles just to get some "free" chocolate! For the record, I hate when people feel the need to put others in their place. We're all looking to have fun in life and enjoy it. So let's all just enjoy life and each other!

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    Hi Dan! I LOVE all things chocolate! For my runs, even the energy gel is chocolate cherry and my favorite post run drink is Chocolate Muscle Milk Light. Can't ever pass up on rich chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, and good dark chocolate!

  • What makes me a chocoholic?! I'm a woman, aren't all women chocoholics? LOL

  • i am a middle aged woman in peri-menopause. movies and television shows about women with pms are made using films taken of me at my hormonal worst. that is why chocolate is my specialty. it's medicinal. i need it. i don't just want it. i know what kind of chocolate and how much i need to treat specific symptoms. that is why i am the biggest chocoholic i know. the end.

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    I love enjoying a piece of dark chocolate after my runs. Knowing that I have ran, I feel a little bit better about eating some chocolate. My key is moderation. Even if you love something so much, you must enjoy a little bit, not the whole bag. If I didn't control my portions, I would be seriously overweight! Running this race would be a perfect, especially getting chocolate at the end!

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    I am a serious hot chocolate lover. So much so, I just started a company this year called Hot Chocolate Bliss. (My website, www.hotchocolatebliss.com) We have over 45 varieties of hot chocolate, including Ghirardelli's, which is delicious, by the way. I would love to come see and be in this crazy hot chocolate race! I hear chocolate milk is a great post workout recovery drink, so why not hot chocolate??? That is my vote.

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    I ran this as my first 5k last year. Due to the cute hoodie and chocolate. I still am not a great runner but am very impressed with your change - I volunteered for the BOA marathon and was sooo impressed with everyone :)

  • In reply to Mary Marsh:

    Thanks Mary, you're very kind! :D Running is running, don't let anyone tell you differently!

    Volunteering for the race is awesome, so thank you for being out there!

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