Dec 10, 2023

America’s sweetest run is back for our most indulgent Hot Chocolate Run season yet in Tampa on December 10, 2023! 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

2024 Swag
2024 Swag

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

Tampa Convention Center, Front Drive—333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

5k start time: 7:00 am 

10k start time: 7:45 am 

15k start time: 7:45 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 the Tampa Convention Center! You'll celebrate amongst sparkling waterfront views with music, vendors, and a Chocoholic finisher's mug full of fondue, dippables, and hot chocolate.
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Tampa Convention Center,
Central Hall
333 S Franklin St,
Tampa, FL 33602

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!

Saturday, December 9, 2023
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

If you do not choose to have your packet mailed, you must attend expo 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!

Tampa course highlights

Platt Street Bridge 

Bayshore Boulevard 

Views of Harbour & Davis Islands

Tampa Convention Center 

You’ll start and end at the Tampa Convention Center, where the post-race party in the Front Drive and Sail Plaza will be waiting for you! And if that isn’t indulgent enough, check out these additional highlights! The course will take you by awesome views of Columbus Statue Park, the City of Tampa’s Pirate Ship, the Bayshore Fitness Trail, and the Historic Hye Park North neighborhood. PLUS, you’ll run along the water the entire route.

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local sponsors

      Kate's Real Food logo      

national sponsors


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