April 20, 2024

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America’s sweetest run is back for our most indulgent Hot Chocolate Run season yet in Detroit on April 20, 2024! With 5K, 10K, and 15K distances and a post-run party that’ll make you go cocoa crazy, you and your friends will experience the ultimate chocolate celebration 



award-winning swag kit

Hot Chocolate Run kits are choc-full of sweetness! An exclusive full-zip hoodie and finisher’s medal that will make you melt are included with every Hot Chocolate Run registration. 

race day experience

What would a CHOCOLATE run be without the CHOCOLATE? The sweetest award awaits you at the finish line. (And no, we aren’t talking about that well-deserved medal!) Indulge in a finisher mug overflowing with chocolate fondue, dippables, and, of course, our famous HOT CHOCOLATE! Still not enough chocolate? Stop by the pre-event expo where you can warm-up your sweet tooth, check out vendors, and stock-up on Hot Chocolate merch. And for the cherry (or should we say marshmallow?) on top of this chocolate experience, join the Cocoa Club!

location & time

William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor - 1900 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207

5k start time: 7:00 am 

10k start time: 7:30 am 

15k start time: 7:30 am 

Gear check opens 60 mins before start time.

Please note that your bib must be fully visible on the front of your torso and fully attached for you to receive an accurate time and to access your start corral.

course info

post-run party

Discover a chocolate-lover's oasis at the post-run party at William G. Milliken State Park! You'll celebrate in one of Detroit’s best riverfront parks with music, vendors, and a Chocoholic finisher's mug full of fondue, dippables, and hot chocolate.

packet pickup

300 River Pl Dr.
Detroit, MI 48207

Our Hot Chocolate Packet Pickup is free and open to the public. Pick up your runner’s kit (including your race day swag and bib!), indulge in delicious CHOCOLATE and gear up on Hot Chocolate merchandise

Friday, April 19, 2024
11:00 am-6:00 pm.

Please note that there will be no swapping of runner's kit sizes at packet pickup or on race day. Please reference the size chart to confirm you have selected the correct size. If you do not choose to have your packet mailed, you must attend packet pickup to pick up your packet.

more info


We encourage public transportation and carpooling for all participants! No parking is allowed on the course, and vehicles that do not adhere to event no parking signs will be towed. Click below to view all travel and parking recommendations: 

more travel info


Find a hotel located close to the start line! Book your stay using the HotelPlanner link below to take advantage of exclusive discounted rates. 

photos & timing

Free high-res photos and your race time will be emailed to all participants as soon as they cross the finish line. The link below will also be updated on race day, so be sure to check back then!

Detroit course highlights

Milliken State Park and Harbor 

Detroit Riverwalk  

Macarthur Bridge 

Bell Isle 

Detroit chocolatiers will start their run on Detroit’s award-winning riverwalk, finishing with a spectacular view of the Detroit skyline! 15K runners get an extra treat as they take in the scenic view of the Detroit River while running through Belle Isle State Park. You’ll experience some icy winter landscapes like a view of Windsor, Canada, and the Miliken State Park and Harbor. But don’t worry, hot chocolate will be waiting to warm you up at the after-party!


A Hot Chocolate victory tastes so sweet! Overall and age group awards are determined as follows:

Top 3 male and female winners in the 5K, 10K and 15K:

  • Will be announced at the Post Race Party at the DJ Stage
  • Receive 100% off next year’s registration and $40 merch coupon emailed 3-4 weeks after the race

1st Place in each Age Group for the 5K, 10K and 15K:

  • Receive 100% off next year’s registration and $40 merch coupon emailed 3-4 weeks after the race
  • Age Groups: U14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

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