CHICAGO ALLSTATE HOT CHOCOLATE 15K/5K
10-year-old runner Sarah Zuo pushes on through the race, Nov. 3 | Kayla Timbol
Almaz Mesghina, a 15k participant, heads down South Michigan Avenue, Nov. 3 | Kayla Timbol
Brenda Willis keeps her spirit and her smile, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol
Corner of Roosevelt and South Michigan Avenue, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol
Spectators wait for their family members to pass by, Nov. 3 | Kayla Timbol
Trying to capture the moment, Antrenette Anthony and company stop to take a selfie on the course path, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol
Irene poses with her medal after completing the 5k, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol
Lorenzo Lozada, 8, inspires those around him as he completes the race, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol
Runners make their way down South Michigan Avenue, crossing East Jackson Drive, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol
Michael Vourvopoulos makes his way down South Michigan Avenue, Nov. 3 | Kayla Timbol
Olga Ruiz and Natalie Gamez approach the course split, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol
Dragan Mihajlovic gets excited as he approaches the finish line, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol
At 1:56:47, runners cross the finish line, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol
“America’s Sweetest Race,” the AllState Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, returned to the streets of Chicago Sunday. Organized by RAM Racing, the AllState Hot Chocolate 15k/5k is one of the fastest-growing races in the nation, with Make-A-Wish as the charity of choice.
The race included a 15- or 5-kilometer distance option for the runners, the majority of whom chose to complete the 5k race. Many see the run not as a competition but entertainment. Participants ranged from young to old, experienced marathoners to first-time runners and individuals to large groups of friends and family.
Both the 15k and 5k race began at 7 a.m. at the starting line in Millennium Park and continued together until the course split on South Michigan Avenue. The two courses then merged once again on the final stretch to the finish line in Grant Park.
Upon completing the race, runners received a goodie bag and a medal — in the shape of a chocolate bar for those who completed the 15k course, or the top view of a mug for those who completed the 5k course.
Zach Adamerovich, a 15k participant and experienced runner, said the race was a good experience overall.
“I usually participate in marathons so this was just like a regular thing for me,” he said. “I didn’t participate in the Chicago Marathon this year but I am doing the Disney Marathon this year and did the Chicago Marathon three years ago. So this was just another stepping stone for me.”
The Hot Chocolate race will return to Chicago next year, Nov. 8, 2020.