San Francisco

Jan 12, 2025

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🌟 2025 Details are subject to change! 🌟

America’s sweetest run is back for our most indulgent Hot Chocolate Run season yet in San Francisco on January 12, 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!



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

Golden Gate Park - 55 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

5k start time: 7:20 am 

10k start time: 8:10am 

15k start time: 8:10 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 map

post-run party

Discover a chocolate-lover's oasis at the post-run party at Golden Gate Park! You'll celebrate in one of San Francisco’s most iconic parks with music, vendors, and a Chocoholic finisher's mug full of fondue, dippables, and hot chocolate.


Sports Basement Presidio
610 Old Mason,
San Francisco, CA 94129

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!

Friday, January 5, 2024
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Saturday, January 6, 2024
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Please note that there will be no swapping of runner's kit sizes at the expo or on race day. Please reference the size chartto confirm you have selected the correct size.

If you do not choose to have your packet mailed, you must attend expo to pick up your packet.

more info


Parking is not encouraged at all at this event.

All participants are STRONGLY advised to use our shuttle options from On Track Event Management. This is the best, most convenient way to get to the event and have a great experience. Purchase online tickets.

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!

San Francisco course highlights

Golden Gate Park

Centennial Olympic Park 

Huntington Falls 

Murphy Windmill 

San Francisco chocolatiers will start and finish at Golden Gate Park near the Music Concourse! The route runs along scenic California sights like the San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Polo Fields, and Murphy Windmill. You’ll also run past the Great Highway near Ocean Beach, past the Bison Paddock (live buffalo farm), and through the JFK Promenade.


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+

find your gear

local sponsors

Matt's Cookies logo    San Francisco Parks & Recreation logo Honey Stinger logo Orange Theory logo Sports Basement logo Health Warrior logo

national sponsors

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