Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Atlanta Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K race to review 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!
Nothing right now is certain. I’m not even certain that today is Thursday or that I had yogurt and a Built Bar for breakfast. But one thing I know for sure is that running keeps me sane and on track. I can’t tell you what I’ll be doing tomorrow, but I can say 100 percent that today is Run Streak Day 330 for me. That’s just how some runners’ minds work I suppose!
And truth be told, my motivation has waned a bit recently. I’ve been getting in my daily mile, riding bikes with my family, and pedaling away on my new pedal bike, but I don’t have a ton—even virtually—on my race calendar at the moment. Thank goodness I have the CRAW and my Virtual Friends ladies to keep me going (more on that another time!), plus races like the Atlanta Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K.
Side note: I might be doing something interesting this weekend, but I don’t want to talk about it now just in case it doesn’t happen for some ungodly reason!
I ran the virtual Philadelphia Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K a little over four-and-a-half months ago (which feels like an eternity), and I had a blast! It was the first time I ran outside with a mask on, I hadn’t run the 15K distance in quite some time, but I made it through and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious chocolate and hot chocolate afterward.
So when the opportunity came up to run the in-person Atlanta race as a BibRave Pro, I couldn’t say no. I feel a special tie to Georgia in particular right now, because I recently took an amazing position as the Editorial Manager for a company based in Georgia.
I’ve never actually stayed in Georgia before, although I’ve driven through it several times on the way to Florida. So I’m taking this opportunity and time to also learn more about the state in general, and hopefully attend a race that has sweet (pun intended) swag, great communication, and fabulous race sponsors.
Now to get to the race specifics! The race will be on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at Centennial Olympic Park. When you register, you’ll be asked your estimated finishing time, so that you can be placed in a race corral. (Check out all of the corral information here.) I’m by no means a fast runner, so I always choose a corral around a 12/12:30 pace.
The 5K and 15K start times are TBD at the moment, but the suggested arrival time is 6:30 a.m. just to make sure you have plenty of time to park, go to the gear check area if you so choose, hit up a porta-potty, and find your corral. I tend to get very antsy before a race, so I always try to allow for ample time beforehand, especially in a new-to-me location.
For either distance, you’ll receive a wicked sweet medal. I loved last year’s medal, because it was so realistic/life-like! The 2021 medal looks even better! You can open it up and HIDE CHOCOLATE FROM YOUR CHILDREN. Whoops, did I say that out loud?!
You also get what looks like the fuzziest, most-comfortable, charcoal grey full-zip jacket on this planet. And get this—it has a removable hood. You read that correctly. A removable hood, folks! Oh, and did I mention the chocolate? You receive delicious dark chocolate that is gluten free, has no compounds, and is nut free.
Make sure to check out the site about two weeks before race day to thoroughly review the Participant Guide.
And don’t forget the race expo! The expo offers packet pick up and a chance to snag some merch and chocolate samples. (Who doesn’t love a free sample?!) Keep an eye on the race site for more information as you get closer to the race date. And if you can’t get to the expo, you can choose to have your race packet mailed to you.
Every single Hot Chocolate event includes the following per the race site:
- Courses that have been USATF certified for accuracy
- Emergency medical plans that exceed industry standards
- Preferred start corrals for qualified participants
- Open corral assignment based on estimated pace
- Wave starts for larger events
- B-tag chip timing system via Chronotrack
- Results posted online in real time
- Complimentary training programs powered by McMillan Running for all registrants, formatted for individual performance goals
- Live Runner Updates via text messages to friends and family as runners pass points on the course
You can even sign up for something called the EnMotive Registration Protection Plan when you register. Add the Protection Plan to your cart at the time of registration, and you will be reimbursed if you are impacted by a qualifying event. Check out more info here.
I can’t wait to see YOU at the race.
But wait! Want the opportunity to participate in awesome races such as this for free? Do you have a passion for running, love engaging on social media, and enjoy testing running products? BibRave is now accepting applications to join the BibRave ambassador community! Head to bit.ly/BibRaveAmb2021 and apply now! 🧡