Walk for Special Olympics

The Walk for Special Olympics is a 2 mile untimed walk that starts after the Hot Chocolate 5k/15k race. Please note that Walk participants will enjoy a different start time, course, and finish line than the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. Walk for Special Olympics participants will not be able to start/race/finish with 5k/15k participants.

Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. They are the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries -- and millions more volunteers and supporters. They are also a global social movement.

Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Special Olympics athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment -- on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.

Date & Time
  • Sunday, October 30th, 2016
  • Walk start time: 9:15am
  • Walk Arrival Time: 7:30am
Goodie Bag
Adult Walkers

We're not quite ready to release this year's goodie bag. In the meantime—check out the award-winning Hot Chocolate 2015-2016 goodie bag. It quickly became your go-to outer layer whenever you need to stay cozy and stylish. We paired it with the included reusable drawstring bag.

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Child Walkers

We’re proud to outfit our runners in killer swag. All participants signed up as a child for the Walk for Special Olympics will score an awesome race tee.

  • comfy + lightweight
  • kids sizes available
  • comes in reusable drawstring bag

Packet Pickup Info

The Hot Chocolate Expo is coming to the Chicago! Come to the Hot Chocolate Expo to pick up your packet, which includes a race day bib and goodie bag. If you can't make it to any of the Expo days, don't fret; you're welcome to send a friend or family member to Expo to pick up your race day necessities - as long as they come armed with a copy of everyone's registration confirmation. Five packets per person max, please! Due to the sheer volume of Hot Chocolate Chicago participants, there is no race day packet pick-up.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Expo takes place across one day.

  • Location
  • Hyatt Regency Chicago
    Riverside Exhibit Hall
  • 151 East Wacker Drive
  • Chicago, IL 60601
  • Dates & Times:
  • Thursday, Oct. 27th, 2016 3pm to 7pm
  • Friday, Oct. 28th, 2016 10am to 7pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 29th, 2016 10am to 6pm

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