This past Sunday I ran the Hot Chocolate Run 5K in Northampton, Mass! I first heard about this race through my friend Meredith–she said a few of her running friends were running it, so I decided to run also. It was a nice excuse to dress up for Christmas and run a race for a good cause. And even better–there is hot cocoa with marshmallows at the end of the race! The proceeds from the race go to Safe Passage–an organization that addresses domestic violence.
The race started at 10AM, which gave us plenty of time to get there from Albany in the morning.
And it was VERY cold out.
The race was a nice little jaunt through town. To my surprise there were a few hills!
Before I knew it, the race was nearly over and we were running downhill to the finish line, where hot chocolate awaited us.
Instead of a medal, we got a mug!
After the race, we had brunch at Sylvester’s, a local bakery and restaurant. Then Meredith, John and I went to the Northampton Brewery for a beverage.
I chose the milk and cookies stout–one of the best beers I’ve had in a while–now a favorite.
It was a fun day in Northampton!