The 5k and 15k courses split at approximately mile 2.5. Please pay attention to signage and directions from race officials to make sure you follow the correct course.
About the Course
The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Columbus course highlights the city’s biggest attractions. We hold our races to the highest quality standards, from start to finish, course design and accuracy, emergency medical plans that exceed industry standards all in the name of your safety. Along those lines, all Hot Chocolate 15k/5k RAM Racing events have a USATF-certified course with a distance that has been certified for accuracy. Please note that although we’ll try our best to avoid it, the race date, course and start time are subject to change.View Participant Guide
- Course Split
- Course Limit Information
Please note that a 15 minute mile pace or faster is required for both the 5k and 15k race distances. A 15 min. mile pace is roughly four miles per hour, equivalent to a very brisk walk. If you fall below this pace, the race organizers can no longer guarantee course support. Aid Stations, medical support, portable toilets, and road closures will begin 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.
If you need help keeping up your pace during the 15k, look for official Hot Chocolate pacers in your corral. These are marked runners with the sole objective of helping you by keeping a consistent pace throughout the course. Pacers will be outfitted in matching shirts, and are available for a 7 minute per mile pace all the way to a 15 minute per mile pace. These experienced runners will be holding signs that show the pace they are keeping.
- Start Corrals
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 by the closing time listed in the corral information.
We are pleased to provide Preferred Start Corrals for all qualifying participants. Please see below for more information about Preferred Corrals and how to apply!
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