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GALLERY: Hot Chocolate Run returns to a cold Chicago

CHICAGO ALLSTATE HOT CHOCOLATE 15K/5K

CHICAGO ALLSTATE HOT CHOCOLATE 15K/5K

10 year old runner Sarah Zuo pushing it through the race, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

10-year-old runner Sarah Zuo pushes on through the race, Nov. 3 | Kayla Timbol

Almaz Mesghina, 15k participant, heading down S Michigan Ave, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Almaz Mesghina, a 15k participant, heads down South Michigan Avenue, Nov. 3 | Kayla Timbol

Brenda Willis remaining her spirit and smile, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Brenda Willis keeps her spirit and her smile, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Corner of Roosevelt and S Michigan Ave, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Corner of Roosevelt and South Michigan Avenue, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Family waiting for their family members to pass by, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Spectators wait for their family members to pass by, Nov. 3 | Kayla Timbol

Have to capture the moment, Antrenette Anthony and company stop to take a selfie on the course path, 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 posing with her medal and bottle after the race, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Irene poses with her medal after completing the 5k, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Lorenzo Lozada, 8 years old, inspiring those around him as he happily goes through the course, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Lorenzo Lozada, 8, inspires those around him as he completes the race, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Runners making their way down S Michigan Ave, crossing E Jackson Dr., Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Runners make their way down South Michigan Avenue, crossing East Jackson Drive, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Runner 62703, Michael Vourvopoulos, making his way down S Michigan Ave, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Michael Vourvopoulos makes his way down South Michigan Avenue, Nov. 3 | Kayla Timbol

Olga Ruiz and Natalie Gamez as they approach the course split, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Olga Ruiz and Natalie Gamez approach the course split, Nov. 3. | Kayla Timbol

Participant 22484, Dragan Mihajlovic, excited about getting close to the finish line, 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

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.

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