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What a great day! I can see how Hot Chocolate races are so popular. They’re so much fun!
If you’ve traveled to San Francisco before you know that traffic and parking are a problem. I purchase a shuttle and parking pass ahead of time online. It was perfect. When I arrived at the parking lot I quickly found a parking spot. The shuttle service was fast. I didn’t have to wait a long time in line to get in a shuttle and the same was true for coming back to the car.
I was able to meet up with Christine and Stephanie, both are fellow BibRave Pros. Christine flew in for the race from Washington and Stephanie was one of the pacers. Christine and I were in different corrals, so we were only able to chat before the race.
The weather was good. It was 48 degrees F in January, cloudy, with no rain. I didn’t do sweat check because I didn’t need to this time. The bib had a tear-off part on the top for sweat check.
I always invite my followers to Run with Me. Today I got to meet Bertha who was doing the 5K. It’s nice when you meet your friends in person, not just online.
There was music at the entrance of the race. The announcer was actually quite funny. I enjoyed listening to him as I moved forward in my corral.
There were a lot of portapotties available strategically placed throughout the race.
The aid stations were awesome. There were plenty of volunteers with Nuun and water in hand to give out. Some stations had chocolate chips and even marshmallows.
The views along the course were amazing. Golden Gate Park is so beautiful! The course even led us by the ocean and pass some buffalos. Surfers were trying to get past us on their way to catch waves.
At the finish line, we were handed our medal with a special San Francisco keychain.
I then headed over to find where to get my finisher’s mug. The bottom of the bib had a tear-off for the finisher’s mug. It included a lot of yummy goodies: hot chocolate, dipping chocolate, pretzels, biscotti cookies, rice crispies, and a banana. Once we were done with our finishers mug, we went back to catch the shuttle and quickly made it back to the parking lot to pick up our car.
It was a great experience and I hope to do this race again.
Once home, I went online to Athlinks where I claimed my results for this race. Athlinks does a good job of keeping all my stats in one place. Once you’ve done several races, it’s hard to keep track of all the results. Athlinks makes that easy and you can also keep track of the results of your friends and loved ones.