Wouldn’t running be more fun if you could stop for chocolate along the way?
With 5K, 10K, and 10-mile walk/run categories, the race has a chocolate dipping stop en route, where you can refuel with fruit or marshmallows dipped in chocolate.
When you cross the finish line, you’ll get even more chocolate treats: chocolate milk, croissants, truffles, chocolate caramels….Mmm…
According to race organizer Diane Chesla, herself a runner, the inspiration for The Chocolate Race was simply to make running more fun.
“Exercise is hard,” she says, “and running in particular is really, really boring.”
And of course, chocolate tastes good!
Though the race drew nearly 1,000 participants last year, and there are prizes for the top contestants, The Chocolate Race is a charity event, rather than a hard-core competition.
This year’s race benefits the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada, whose mission is “to promote the prevention, treatment, and management of anxiety disorders and to improve the lives of people who suffer from them.”
If you go…
This year’s Chocolate Race takes place in the Port Dalhousie district of St. Catharines, Ontario, on Sunday, August 28, 2011. The 10-milers start at 8:45 a.m., the 10K runners at 9, and the 5K group at 9:15.
The day before the race, August 27, is Sugar Mama Saturday, with the “Sweat Couture Show” (featuring clothing for yoga, running and walking), chocolate-martini pairings, and for the runners, race kit pickup.
Get all the details at The Chocolate Race website.
And don’t forget to lick your fingers!
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All photos courtesy of The Chocolate Race.