Race Report: Hot Chocolate Dallas 5k

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Hot Chocolate 5k Dallas as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

My first race of 2018 was the Hot Chocolate 5k in Dallas, Texas. This was my third year running this series (read about my experience in 2015 and 2017). I keep returning for the laidback environment and the swag!

The expo was held in Fair Park over two days. My biggest complaint about this packet pickup location is that we have to pay for parking. The organizers make you aware of this before the race, but it’s still frustrating. I breezed through packet pickup with my custom QR code, refilled my Nuun stock, and enjoyed some of the tasty treats.

Race morning was chilly and perfect running weather. Unlike the expo, parking is free on race morning. I followed the tips on avoiding traffic provided by the organizers, but unfortunately it took me over an hour to get through the traffic and park! I was pretty stressed since I got to the start line well after I intended. I parked and then ran the mile from the parking lot to get to the start line!

After my unintended warm up run from the parking lot, I was able to quickly meet up and say hi to my fellow BibRave Pros that were running the 15k. I found my way to the starting corrals, and I leisurely ran with my friend Jessica of Boost Fitness and it gave us a good chance to catch up and enjoy the time together!

Goal: Enjoy a “fun run” and eat some post-race chocolate

Date: February 3, 2018

Location: Dallas, TX

Distance: 5k; 3.1 miles

Conditions: 37°F, 10 mph wind and 49% humidity

Total time: 37:54

Pace: 11:59 min/mile

Outcome: The miles felt easy. I took this at training pace and it felt good.

The plastic oversized mug you receive at the end of the race is filled with a cup of hot chocolate, banana, Rice Krispy treat, marshmallow and biscuits to dunk in the warm dipping chocolate. Enjoying the sweet chocolatey treat after a cold race is so delicious and rewarding!