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It’s that time of the year again. Winter is slowly winding down (and in Minnesota I do mean very slow) and I started to look at what races I may want to run this year. As I looked back over what I ran last year, and what I may want to run this year, I kept thinking about the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k and how I know I can improve upon my performance from the previous year. Right off the bat, in 2017 I had never run a 15k before, so no experience at that distance, and it was raining during the entire race (think wet socks and wet shoes). So needless to say, I think with my added experience going into 2018, I could improve upon my performance from 2017. With that being said, here are my top 5 reasons why I wanted to sign up and run the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k on April 14, 2018, and why you may want to as well:
5. April is a great time of year to kick off the Spring racing season
The snow has melted (hopefully) and it is starting to warm up. For me, this is always the time I wish I had a race scheduled as I just want to hit the road running – literally! When I ran this in 2017, I ran in shorts and a tank top, so definitely warm enough to lose that winter wardrobe, but not too warm that you are feeling like the hydration bus has forgotten to pick you up. There are only a few months in Minnesota that hit that perfect temp weather wise, and April is one of them.
4. 15k (9.32 miles) is a good distance to test those winter legs on something longer than a 5k-10k
Time for me to break out of the shorter 5-10k distances I have been running all winter and get some more substantial miles under my belt…but let’s not go pushing it to extremes just yet. Let me ease into those miles with something more than a 10K, but less than a half. Ding Ding Ding, the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k (9.32 miles).
3. Free race photos
I like running, and if you have seen my Instagram account, you will know I like having pictures of me running! Let’s take that mentality to the next level and get some race pictures FOR FREE. Yes, you heard me right, free race photos!! Who wants to run a race and then pay additional money just to document that you ran that race – not me. Sign me up for races that have free race photos please!!
2. A chance to set a PR at a not so common distance
I have run this race one other time (in 2017), and other than that, I have never run a 15k race before. So I automatically took a PR at this distance last year. Now I would like to start 2018 with a fresh new PR under my belt by running it again this year!
1. CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE…Who doesn’t like chocolate!!
This race isn’t titled the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k for nothing. There is chocolate at the expo and chocolate after the finish line. I’m talking a fondue bowl of chocolate with a lot of treats to dip. And don’t forget the hot chocolate!! Also, have you ever seen a bearded man eat chocolate fondue (can you say chocolate beard)? If not, I am open to having spectators!!
If I’ve pushed you over the theoretical chocolate wall and you are ready to sign up as well, or are just looking for additional information on the race weekend, check out the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k (Minneapolis) website. If you do decide to sign up, use the code ‘BRHCMINN18‘ to score a BONUS Hot Chocolate branded cap! You can also check out my review from 2017 for additional thoughts on this race here.