Will Run For Chocolate
This past weekend was the 4th Annual Red Deer Chocolate Chase, a great family fun run in support of an access for all, barrier free playscape in the city. This was my third year running and Liam’s second year joining! He was with me in the inaugural year, riding in the stroller.
This year they moved package pickup from onsite on race morning to the Running Room the two days prior. I was pretty thrilled to find Hello Fresh discount codes, chocolate, and tons of coupons in the bag of goodies, along with the Chocolate Chase buff, which Liam and I both rocked during the race. Ok, Liam rocked it, mine just looked awkward.
This race is held in a shopping plaza, which provides ample parking and where Liam was dropped off by his dad. I got him dressed in his running gear in the car quick, made a pit stop at the bathrooms and watched the ‘Chocolate Chipper’ kids race for kids three and under. It was at this point that I wondered if I should run back to my car to leave our sweaters. It had been chilly in the morning so I was dressed for a cooler morning but was warming up quick. Liam still wanted his, so I tied mine around my waist and hoped for the best.
Once the 10k racers headed out, the 3 and 5k folks were next. I was originally signed up for 5k but with no one to hang out with Liam, I decided him and I would do the 3k together. He started off super strong, running hard and fast, but burned out a few hundred meters in so we dropped to a walk which eventually leads to me piggy-backing him the majority of the way. I totally knew that was going to happen though, it was just an extra workout for mama.
At the turnaround point for the 3k, there was a water station (which was out of cups, apparently, not cool) and chocolate, which perked us up a bit. Liam ended up walking a little before getting up on my back. By this point, the temperature had risen considerably and I was working up a sweat and wishing I wasn’t wearing long pants and carrying my sweater. The end of the race is up a long, steep hill and I tried to encourage Liam to walk up the hill and then run across the finish. This race is not chip timed, but they do have a clock at the finish to see your finishing time. I have no idea what time we even started or finished though.
Thanks for the photo Lindsey
At the finish, there is water and fruit and a plethora of chocolate goodies to indulge in. I wanted to go straight for the salted caramel gelato, but Liam wanted nothing until he got a balloon animal made. We did indulge in some gelato, mini cupcakes and a chocolate from Bernard Callebaut. There’s a ton for kids to do and I may have got sunburnt while Liam was bouncing away in the bounce houses and getting his face painted.
I love this community run and seeing so many familiar faces both on the course and volunteering. They do a great job of making it fun for all ages and abilities. For all the chocolate goodness you receive before, during and after making it a great value for the cost, plus you get to support a great cause. I say it every year, but if this race isn’t on your race schedule, it should be.
What’s your favourite local race?