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We are about a week out from Hot Chocolate Scottsdale and I wanted to share a few tips regarding packet pickup and race day to make things smooth.
Packet pickup is held both Friday AND Saturday. I recommend going on Friday if you can – we were in and out in less than 15 minutes last year. Tip: Take advantage of free hot chocolate samples and individual chocolates!
Race morning will be crowded! Go EARLY if you can. We arrived at least an hour before start time, which sounds crazy – but we sat in our warm car with coffee and didn’t have to stress about lines or parking. It’s also always chilly on race morning. Dress accordingly. You may be tempted to run in your new Hot Chocolate sweatshirt, but especially if you are running the 15k, it’s always best to stick with something tried and true so you don’t get chafing.
When you finish, be patient – although it may not take too long to get through the lines to get your chocolate bowl, finding a place to sit and find your friends can be a bit of a challenge. Try to establish a meeting point ahead of time if possible. There are plenty of photo props to take photos in front of, so be sure to take selfies and have fun!
If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? It is on pace to sell out! Use BRHCSCOTTS17 for a free Hot Chocolate cap.
Yours in chocolate,
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Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!