Hot Chocolate Run 5K

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.

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The race started at 10AM, which gave us plenty of time to get there from Albany in the morning.

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And it was VERY cold out.

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The race was a nice little jaunt through town. To my surprise there were a few hills!

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Before I knew it, the race was nearly over and we were running downhill to the finish line, where hot chocolate awaited us.

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Instead of a medal, we got a mug!

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Yum.

Race stats

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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.

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I chose the milk and cookies stout–one of the best beers I’ve had in a while–now a favorite.

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It was a fun day in Northampton!

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