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Weekend Pick: Hot Chocolate 10K


The Isaac Dickson Hot Chocolate 10K started out as a small fundraiser for an elementary school. It’s become one of the biggest and most exciting regional races of the winter season. The 7th Annual Hot Chocolate 10K takes place this weekend, Saturday January 25th, in Asheville, North Carolina. Local runners and outdoor enthusiasts Tim and Leslie Grotenhuis have been organizing this race for years, and they know how to put on a top-notch event. It’s one of the friendliest and most well organized races in the mountains.

It’s quite competitive up front, with elites battling it out on a mostly flat, fast course. But mainly it’s an excuse to get off the couch in freezing cold weather and run a few miles with friends. Save something up for the last mile, which is mostly uphill.

This event is truly fun for all. There will be a Kids 1K Hill Climb for children 12 and under, as well as a Marshmallow Dash for those ages 6 and under. All races benefit the Issac Dickson Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization. The school is currently being demolished and rebuilt; in the meantime the children have moved to the William Randolph School building on Montford Avenue, which is where the 10K will start and finish.

Registration is taking place both online (now) and on race day. The entry fee for the 10K is $30. Both of the children’s runs are $12. All participants will receive a race day long sleeved t-shirt and a collector’s mug. This video gives participants a great idea of what to expect during those 6.2 miles. 10K runners need to be ready to go at 8:55am sharp!

Enjoy some live entertainment and hot chocolate (of course) afterwards with the wonderful community of Asheville. There will be an awards ceremony for the top three winners in each category.

As always, volunteers are needed. Check out this page for a list of ways and opportunities to help.


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