Charlotte

Feb 15, 2025

🌟 2025 Details are subject to change! 🌟

Charlotte Hot Chocolate Run

America’s Sweetest Run

America’s sweetest run is back for our most indulgent Hot Chocolate Run season yet in Charlotte on February 15, 2025! 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!

Registration Includes

  • Exclusive Hot Chocolate Run Jacket
  • Commemorative Finisher's Medal
  • Our Famous Hot Chocolate
  • Chocolate Fondue Finisher’s Mug
  • Access to Post-Run Party
  • Commemorative Race Bib
  • Free Race Photos
  • Professionally Managed Course
  • Professionally Timed Races

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Award-Winning Swag Kit

Hot Chocolate Run kits are choc-full of sweetness! An exclusive full-zip jacket and finisher’s medal that will make you melt are included with every Hot Chocolate Run registration. For a limited time, get an exclusive Hot Chocolate Run City Tour Tee when you register! This deal ends on July 21, 2024 at 11:59 PM.

Don’t forget to check the size chart to make sure you’re selecting the right size! For a more fitted style, go off the size chart. For a looser fit, size up from the sizing chart.

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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!

2024/2025 Race Day Experience
2024/2025 Race Day Experience

Charlotte Course Highlights

First Ward Park 

Center City 

Cordelia Park 

Spectrum Center 

Charlotte Chocoholics will start and finish their run in the First Park District—only a block away from the famous Spectrum Center! But before you cross the finish line, you’ll tour beautiful Charlotte suburbs like Country Club Heights, Villa Heights, and Plaza Midwood (15k course), with 5k runners getting a sweet treat on their run through Belmont.

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Cocoa Club

Cocoa Club is the sweetest VIP experience in town! Make your Hot Chocolate Run even more special by adding Cocoa Club to your registration. With extra swag and exclusive race day perks, you’ll be glad you joined the club!

2024 Cocoa Club Exclusive Swag

Cocoa Club Includes

  • Exclusive Cocoa Club Swag Set
  • VIP Preferred Corral Placement
  • 20% Merch Discount
  • Cocoa Club Lounge Access
Note: Cocoa Club can be added while registering for the Hot Chocolate Run. If you are already registered for your race, you can add Cocoa Club to your registration from your EnMotive account.

Event Details

Location & Time

First Ward Park
301 E 7th St,
Charlotte, NC 28202

5k start time: 7:30 am

10k start time: 8:00 am

15k start time: 8:00 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.

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Post-Run Party

Discover a chocolate-lover's oasis at the post-run party at First Ward Park! You'll celebrate in one of Charlotte’s newest urban parks with music, vendors, and a Chocoholic finisher's mug full of fondue, dippables, and hot chocolate.

Expo/Packet Pickup

Friday, February 14, 2025
11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: TBD

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

Please note that there will be no swapping of Goodie Bag sizes at the expo or on race day.

Click the more info below for key packet pickup information.

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Make It Boozy

*Exclusive to Cocoa Club Members Cocoa Club members will receive one free Hardly H20 (spiked still water) beverage and one boozy hot chocolate in the Cocoa Club area! For the boozy hot chocolate, you can choose either a shot of chocolate or coffee liqueur from Maplewood Brewery and Distillery. Cocoa Club members will also receive exclusive access to a heated dining area which includes a buffet breakfast with waffles, eggs, breakfast meats, coffee and juice. There will also be an entertainment viewing area, private finisher mug line (no waiting in line), and luxury bathrooms! Already registered but not signed up for the club? Add Cocoa Club to your registration through EnMotive!
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