The 5k and 15k courses begin together and split at approximately mile 2.8. 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 St. Louis course highlights the city’s biggest attractions. Starting and ending at Soldier's Memorial, we take our participants on a tour of St. Louis, including the Soulard, Downtown, Midtown, Lasalle Park neighborhoods. Other course highlights include: Harris-Stowe State University, Saint Louis University, Ballpark Village, Busch Stadium, Kiener Plaza, Union Station, Old Courthouse, Anhuesuer-Busch, and Peabody Opera House!
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 course and start time is subject to change.
2017 Course map coming soon!
- 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.
- 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 five minutes prior to the start of your race. There will be a break of approximately three minutes between each corral.
New this year! 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!