Course Information

Course Location

  • Sunday, February 4th, 2018
  • Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

Starting Times

  • - Wave 1: 7:40am*
  • - Wave 2: 8:25am*

* Start times are subject to change, so keep your eyes peeled for email updates from us four weeks before the race. Hot Chocolate 15k/5k uses assigned start corrals to maintain a safe, fast, and fun course for all participants. Your corral assignment will be emailed to you approximately two weeks prior to the race and will be printed on your race bib. Please be in your corral fifteen minutes prior to the start of your race. There will be a break of approximately four minutes between each corral.

Split Information

The 5k and 15k courses split before mile 1. Please pay attention to signage and directions from race officials to make sure you follow the correct course.

Course Rules

Please read through all of these rules so there are no surprises on race day!

  • We love our walkers. One favor: we ask that they can hold a 15 minute per mile pace. That’s about four miles per hour, or a brisk power-walk. If you fall below this pace, we can unfortunately no longer guarantee course support—which is paramount for your safety. Aid stations, medical support, portable toilets, and road closures will start to become unavailable to participants. The local police and race organizers will ask you to reroute to a shorter version of the course, or move up onto the sidewalk where you will be required to obey regular traffic laws.
  • There is no age minimum or maximum, so feel free to bring the kids or grandparents and make it a family activity. Just make sure each participant can keep the 15 minute per mile minimum pace, and that anyone under 12 is accompanied by a grown-up on course.
  • Unfortunately no, baby carriers or strollers of any sort are not allowed on the 5k or 15k courses. This includes but is not limited to regular push strollers, umbrella strollers, jogging stroller, prams, wraps, backpacks, Bjorn’s, soft carriers, slings and wagons. However, we encourage spectators to bring the little ones to help cheer on the runners!
  • Wheelchair athletes are permitted on a case-by-case basis, based on your wheelchair type and the city’s course. Wheelchair athletes are required to email us at least three weeks in advance of the event.
  • All participant entries are non-transferable and non-refundable.
  • Sorry, no dogs are allowed on the course. And since this is an event involving copious amounts of chocolate, it’s probably a good idea to have Fido sit this one out—even as a spectator.
  • Bikes and rollerblades are not allowed on the course. Feel free to ride your bike to the event, but please park it before you get to the course.
  • There will be thousands of participants, volunteers, and spectators at the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. The following tips will ensure you and your kids have a positive race experience:
    -Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times, including out on course.
    -Decide on a meeting location in the event you are separated. Select your meet up location and discuss it with your child. Write it on the back of your child's bib to help race organizers reuinte both parties.
    -DO NOT plan to meet at the finish line. There is no stopping or standing in the finish line area. For safety reasons, all runners must keep walking and exit the chute.
    -Be sure to fill out the Emergency Contact Information on the back of both yours and your child's bib.
    -On the back of the child's bib, indicate the bib number of the person accompanying the child to the race, along with their cell phone number. Please write the child's bib number on the back of the adult's bib.
    -When possible, run with your cell phone.
    -If you find yourself in need of assistance on race day, contact a race official or visit the Information Services tent.
Course Amenities

We've got plenty of perks for runners along the way.

  • There will be plenty of aid stations on course stocked with water and Nuun sports drink. There will be 1 on the 5k course, and 4 on the 15k.
  • You don't need to wait until the finish line to enjoy a treat. We'll have sweet stations along the course with delicious snacks!
  • In case of emergency, we have medical personnel standing by and a medical tent at the finish line.
  • There will be tons of toilets on course, because when you gotta go, you gotta go. Port-o-johns are located at the start/finish area and at the aid stations.
Course Map

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