Race Day Experience - Participant Guide - Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Chicago

Race Day Experience

Experience the Race

15k AND 5k Medals

All 15k and 5k finishers will receive an official Hot Chocolate Chicago medal to commemorate their awesome achievement. Heads up: while this medal may give you chocolate cravings, it’s actually made from metal alloy. We recommend displaying this sturdy, high-quality medal on a wall for maximum bragging rights. Each 15k medal features a chocolate bar lookalike wrapped in silver, hung by a shimmering Finisher ribbon. All 5k medals feature our silver mug, on a matching Finisher ribbon. You’ll be handed your medal after crossing the finish line.

Gear Check

Because carrying your stuff around is no fun.

If you have gear to check, please leave your bag with us at Gear Check. Lonely bags will be immediately removed from the premises and discarded. RAM Racing is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

Gear Check will be available to all 5k and 15k registrants at the race. All Gear Check bags must be 12" by 18" or smaller, please! Clear plastic bags are required for gear check. Your race bib will have a tab at the top. Tear this off, as it's also your claim tab for Gear Check. Please attach it to your Gear Check bag, then hand the bag over at the Gear Check tent. Small zip ties work best for securing Gear Check bags, so look for one in your goodie bag at Expo.

15k GEAR CHECK 6:00am-11:30am
Enter Grant Park through Gate #2 at Michigan Avenue and Harrison Street. Walk east on the Harrison Foot Bridge. 15k Gear Check is located east of the Foot Bridge on the left.

5k GEAR CHECK 6:00am-11:30am
Enter Grant Park through Gate #3 at Michigan Avenue and Balbo. Walk east on Balbo. Gear Check is located to the right in Upper Hutchison Field.


On race day, 15k participants look to uniformed runners whose job is to keep a steady pace throughout the entire course. The Allstate Pacers Program offers guidance from race-day pros. We will offer pacers for the 15k from the 7 minutes per mile pace all the way up to 15 minutes per mile:

Preferred Corrals

Open Corrals

Post-Race Party

Join your fellow runners, walkers, and chocolate aficionados for the most scrumptious post-race party in the nation!

Your Finisher Mug is filled with chocolate fondue, dippable snacks and decadent hot chocolate.

A live DJ keeps the party going while runners pose with giant Hot Chocolate inflatables Soak up the scene with your friends and family. And don't forget to stop by the Merchandise Tent to get your fill of official Hot Chocolate gear.

Runner Reunite

Can’t find your running buddies after the race? Reunite with them at Runner Reunite located to the East of the start line in Butler Field. The runner reunite area will be organized by alphabetical signs (A-Z) so that you can meet up based on names. Please don’t wait for anyone at the finish line– we gotta keep the people moving!

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