Hot chocolate race fundraises for Ronald McDonald House Charities

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The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K is bringing its sweet stuff to Chicago on Nov. 8. (WLS)

The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K is bringing its sweet stuff to Chicago on Nov. 8. Kicking off at Grant Park, the race goes through the streets of downtown Chicago on a course that is USATF-sanctioned and designed to meet the highest quality standards. Most relevant road closures will take effect Sunday morning in and around the streets of downtown Chicago, with some closures occurring as early as Saturday and as late as Sunday afternoon.

The Hot Chocolate series or races began in Chicago back in 2008. Since then, it has expanded to 16 cities and 330,000 participants. After the race, the chocolate flows at the post-race party, where runners enjoy music, and there's a family-friendly kid zone. Of course, there are also finisher's' mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dip-able treats.

Runners also have the option to sign up for the "Go the Extra Mile" program to raise money for charity. This program allows participants to set up a fundraising page to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northern Indiana or any charity of their choosing. To date, RAM Racing and Hot Chocolate series participants have raised more than $1.5 million for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

CEO of RAM Racing, Steve Ginsburg, joined ABC7 Eyewitness News live from the race course.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Chicago
Nov. 8, 7 a.m.

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