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Let me just start out by saying, you had me at “chocolate”. I had heard of the Allstate Hot Chocolate run series previously but I honestly didn’t really look into it until last year when I was searching for new races to try. Needless to say, I was missing out all of these years!
When I first signed up for the Hot Chocolate Seattle 15k back in November there was hope that by the time the event was to take place in March the pandemic would be under control and restrictions would be loosened. Unfortunately that was not to be the case as all of the HC series races went virtual for 2021. The race organization did a great job of communicating and even sweetened the race by offering a free HC hat to those that used code BRHC20 when they registered. Thankfully my initial excitement didn’t go away as I was still looking forward to pushing myself for a 15k to kick off the racing season and honestly, most excited for my finisher swag!
So let’s talk SWAG!!! The amazing swag more than made up for the missed in person experience, I mean how can you beat chocolate?!?! When my swag arrived in the mail I was immediately impressed by the jacket- it is high quality, looks amazing, fits perfectly, and even has a removable hood! I broke my cardinal rule of not wearing my finisher gear before I complete the race because it was just too cozy! The swag bag also contained two pieces of chocolate, two bags of hot cocoa mix, a personalized bib, a sample of Nuun hydration, and an awesome medal that had a BONUS piece of chocolate! I am super excited to hopefully have an opportunity to run the HC Seattle in person next year as I’ve heard the expo and race experience are amazing.
Even more impressive than the swag is that Allstate Hot Chocolate selected St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as their charity partner. This is a race organization that is sweet on many levels!
If you want to be sweet like me, you can still register for the national virtual 5k or 15k by visiting https://ramraces.enmotive.com/events/register/2021-allstate-hot-chocolate-15k-5k-virtual-run. Remember to use code BRHC20 to receive your free hat!