The 5th Annual Hot Chocolate 15K/ 15K (www.hotchocolate15k.com/chicago ) starts and finishes in Grant Park, rain or shine. About 40,000 runners can truly taste "sweet success" once they cross the finish line, when they get the Finishers Mug filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and a plethora of yummy treats to dip.
Derek Sprau, Grass Roots Marketing Manager, and Stephanie Wainright, Participant Experience Manager, came into our ABC7 studio kitchen to show us how to make this mug and to tell us about the event. The Chicago race is part of the Hot Chocolate race series, which stops in other cities, including Columbus, Ohio, Phoenix, Arizona, Atlanta, Georgia, Dallas, Texas, Seattle, Washington, and San Diego, California (www.hotchocolate15k.com/chicago).
The race is raising money for the National Charity partner, Ronald McDonald House Charities. This year the race is also adding the "Hot Chocolate Walk for Little City," where 100% of funds raised will go to the Little City Foundation. With so many runners in the streets, there will be rolling road closures from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. in Chicago (see list). Participants need to be on the east side of Michigan Ave. by 7 a.m.
5th Annual Hot Chocolate 15k/ 5k Run
November 4, 2012
Start: 7 a.m., corner of Columbus and Monroe
Rain or Shine
The 15k and 5k race starts on Columbus Drive and Monroe Street.
Runners will head north on Columbus Drive, and turn right onto eastbound Randolph Street heading east.
The course will then have runners turn left onto northbound Lower Lake Shore Drive, On-ramp heading north.
The course will wind through downtown Chicago and pass by The Art Institute of Chicago, and Millennium Park with the 15k course continuing south past Soldier Field and the John G. Shedd Aquarium before both races finishing in historic Grant Park.
STREETS ---- CLOSED ---- OPEN
Columbus Dr. between Monroe St. & Wacker Dr. --- 6:30am --- 9:00am
Randolph St. Between Columbus Dr. & Lower Lake Shore Dr. --- 6:30am --- 9:00am
North and Southbound Lake Shore Dr. Randolph St. on/off Ramps --- 6:30am --- 9:00am
Lower Lake Shore Dr. at Wacker Dr. --- 6:30am --- 9:00am
Lower Wacker Dr. between Lower Lake Shore Dr. & Columbus Dr. --- 6:30am --- 9:00am
Michigan Ave. between Jackson Dr. & Roosevelt Rd. --- 6:30am --- 9:30am
Roosevelt Rd. between Michigan Ave. & Columbus Dr. --- 6:30am --- 9:30am
S. Columbus Dr. between Roosevelt Rd. & McFetridge Dr. --- 6:30am --- 9:30am
Southbound Lake Shore Dr.: western lanes between McFetridge Dr. & 18th St. --- 5:00am --- 10:00am
Southbound Lake Shore Dr.: 18th St. exit ramp --- 5:00am --- 10:00am
Moe Dr. between 18th St. & 31st St. --- 6:30am --- 10:00am
31st St. between Moe Dr. & 31st St. Harbor --- 6:30am --- 10:00am
Northbound Lake Shore Dr.: 31st St. exit ramp --- 5:00am --- 10:00am
Northbound Lake Shore Dr.: eastern lanes between 31st & 39th St. --- 5:00am --- 10:30am
Ft. Dearborn Dr. between 31st St. & Burnham Harbor Dr. --- 6:30am --- 10:45am
Burnham Harbor Dr. between Ft. Dearborn Dr. & Museum Campus Dr. --- 6:30am --- 10:45am
Northbound Museum Campus Dr. between Burnham Harbor Dr. & Solidarity Dr. --- 6:30am --- 11:00am
Finishers Mug Nutritional Info:
Fondue / 4oz.
Sat. Fat 0
Total Carb. 3.5g
Total Carbs 19g
Sat. Fat 0
Total Carbs 46g
Marshmallow Calories 25
Total Fat 0
Total Carbs 7g
Total Carbs 2.9g
Rice Krispy Treat
Cal. From Fat 10
Total Fat 1g
Total Carbs 8g