Last Minute Details for #HC15K SF

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Disclaimer: I received free entry to HC15K SF race 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!

Hot Chocolate 15K San Francisco is just days ago now. I can’t wait!! It will be my first sponsored race as a BibRave Pro. I get to wear my orange shirt loud and proud.

I checked on the weather it is expected to be cloudy and chilly with a high of 57 degrees F and low of 46. At least there’s no expected rain. Fingers crossed. I’ll need to wear layers to stay warm throughout the race. I always struggle with this aspect of planning for a race. I don’t want to overdo it and I also don’t want to look like a human popsicle. What is your strategy? Let me know.

I’ll post my flat runner on Instagram once I finalize the details of my outfit. Not following me, click here to follow me.

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I’m picking up my swag on Saturday. We’re driving into the city (San Francisco) to do the expo and then heading home. For whatever reason, locals in San Jose and the Bay Area call San Francisco “the city”.

There will be no bibs being handed out on race day so you will need to either visit the expo on Friday from 12-7pm or Saturday 10-6pm.

You will need to plan where you are going to park ahead of time. Parking in San Francisco is both expensive and hard to get. You can purchase a shuttle pass ahead of time. Note that the price for the shuttle is per person.

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In order to find out what your corral placement is, you will need to log into the RAM Racing website. Click on the log in link on the top right corner of the Hot Chocolate 15K SF website. Once in your profile, click on view registration. Under category, you will see the race you are registered for the 5K or the 15K and your corral placement. It will be a letter of the alphabet from A-N. Make note of this letter because you will need to know what it is in order to stand in the right corral on race day.

Don’t forget to claim your free cap when you register with code BRHCSF18″.

Run the HC15KSF and Help Make a Wish Come True

Disclaimer: I received free entry to HC15KSF race 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!

As of today, there are only 8 days left until the Hot Chocolate 15K in San Francisco. There is still time to register for the race. Keep in mind that the race benefits the Make a Wish Foundation. You can both have an impact on a child’s life and start the New Year with healthy exercise habits.

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Click here to register. Use code”BRHCSF18″ for a bonus HC Cap!

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What I’m doing on New Year’s this year

New Years is a big time for us. I met Jim on a New Year’s Eve. This year we’re doing something different. We’ll be running on both New Year’s Eve and New Years Day. Why would you do that you ask?

Well, there are these local races by Brazen Racing that seemed interesting. They’re New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day races allow you to get an additional third medal and create a Mega Metal! A Mega Medal is where the pieces interlock like a puzzle to create one big metal. Isn’t that cool!!?

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You can do any combination of distances in order to qualify for the Mega Medal. Normally, you would have to do a 10K and a Full Marathon or something like that where the distances are pre-set, but not for these races. I signed up for the 5K on New Year’s Eve and the Half Marathon on New Year’s Day. The New Year’s Eve race is in Fremont and the New Year’s Day race is in Castro Valley so I will be able to run in different places. The course includes trails on Quarry Lake in Fremont and trails starting at Lake Chabot Marina with both paved and dirt trails.

I’m running the Hot Chocolate 15 SF on 1/7/18 so these two races will help me prep for the HC race. The HC Race will require more endurance and tolerance to elevation changes. Every race I can get in before January 7 will help me to do better for that race.

Registered to Run the Hot Chocolate 15K SF

Disclaimer: I received free entry to Hot Chocolate 15K SF race 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!”

Reasons for registering for this race:

  1. There’s chocolate! Not just hot chocolate, but also the candy kind. The race has sweet stations with marshmallows, chocolate chips, & M&M’s. Love chocolate? [ctt template=”4″ link=”8asf2″ via=”yes” ]Register for the sweetest race with code “BRHCSF18” to get a free cap![/ctt]
  2. The medal. It looks like a full-size chocolate bar with a piece bitten off of it. Each Hot Chocolate race city has it’s own specific key charm. The San Francisco one is, of course, a trolley.
  3. I had seen photos of the after race goodies and shirts and I had made a mental note that I had to try a Hot Chocolate race in 2018. The nearest one to me is San Francisco.
  4. Photos are free! How many times have you worked hard at a race, just to find out that you have to pay some ridiculous $20 or $25 a photo?! Not with Hot Chocolate races. You can easily download the photos from the website, share them on social media with their built-in tools, and they even have a race frame added to the image so you can show off that you were really there!
  5. I’m doing the Star Wars Dark Side runDisney Half Marathon in April and this race is good training in preparation for that race.
  6. Goodie bag. You get a long-sleeve running shirt with a built-in front pocket for your phone, earphones, money, etc. Screenshot 2017-12-18 at 2.40.54 PM.png
  7. Post-race snacks. Hot Chocolate races hand out these really cool jumbo cups that are filled with hot chocolate and dipping goodies. I’ve seen enough of those cups online to want one for myself! Screenshot 2017-12-18 at 2.38.54 PM.png