Community Fitness Race Recaps

Will Run For Chocolate

August 30, 2016

This past Sunday was my second time running the Chocolate Chase, a local fun run and fundraising event. I participated in this run in its inaugural year and loved it, so was very sad when it fell on the same weekend as the Lethbridge Regional Police Services race last year.

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When I realized I had no plans on the weekend, I texted Mary to see if she was interested in joining. For a $25 entry fee, you really can’t go wrong. Even with late registration, we received Chocolate Chase buffs and got treats at the end.

Unfortunately, the weather was no bueno when we woke up. I had to send out some texts to see what other’s were wearing because when it comes to chilly weather, I forget how to dress. I had a piece of toast and cup of coffee before heading out. The race starts in a shopping plaza with plenty of space for parking. I got there with plenty of time to check out some of the booths, say hi to all of the friends I knew there, and grab a coffee in attempts to stay warm. I generally don’t participate in the group warmups, but by the time it started I was so cold, I attempted to keep up with the Jazzercise warmup to build some heat. Mostly, Mary and I giggled at how terrible we were at keeping up to the choreography.

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Before long we were off. We had zero time goals or expectations other than to just get out there for Sunday Runday. This is an untimed, non-competitive race, with all levels and ages that come  out to run or walk 3 or 5km. Our only mistake starting was that we didn’t head up to the front, and we ended up being stuck behind people and weaving around people on a narrow sidewalk in the beginning. Things eventually thinned out a bit once we hit the trail system and we held a comfortable pace. Of course, I didn’t think to check my watch and it was totally dead so I was running naked, which was just fine. When we got into the shelter of the trees, I finally started to warm up and was regretting running in a hat!

We didn’t stop at the water station along the way that was giving out chocolate wafers, but what a great perk! Despite not having run much over the summer, I was feeling really good the entire way. That is until we got to the hill just before the finish. This hill was way longer and more brutal than the hill before the Woody’s finish. I was starting to get that pukey feeling toward the top and eventually had to take a short break to catch my breath before we ran to the finish.

Once you finished, you could pick up water and fruit or granola bars, chocolate covered strawberries from Bernard Callebaut, gelato from Famoso, and cookies from Subway. I’ll run for chocolate any day.

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I didn’t stick around much longer after I finished that gelato because I got chilled again. There’s tons to check out between all the door prizes, bouncy castle and face painting for kids. It really is a well organized, fun event for the community.

So who’s coming to run it next year? 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    August 30, 2016 at 7:36 am

    All that food sounds amazing. I’d totally run that race and only $25 that’s amazing!
    PS I love your sweater.

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      Becky
      August 30, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      You should come next year!!

      Thanks, its from Brooks!

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    Kaella On The Run
    August 30, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, a great deal at $25 bucks!! I would love to do this someday!

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      Becky
      August 30, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      You should! Mark your calendar for August 27, 2017!!

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    Alison
    August 30, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    This is my kinda race!! So fun.

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      Becky
      August 31, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Mark your calendar for next year!!

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    Brie @ A Slice of Brie
    August 31, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I’m sad I missed this again! I totally would have slugged my way through it for chocolate haha! Next year for sure!! Also, your hair looks way to pretty for a run day 😉

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      Becky
      August 31, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Haha, I would have walked it even 😉

      Bahahaha, I had my hair curled the day before :p Thanks.

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    Leigh
    August 31, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    What a fun race! Even if it looked super cold on race day. Are you running the Lethbridge race this year?

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      Becky
      September 1, 2016 at 11:07 am

      I don’t think I am this year.

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