Thanks to the so-called polar vortex, Atlanta was downright chilly this weekend. We’re not big fans of running in the cold, but when there’s hot chocolate and chocolate fondue at the end, we can’t resist.
So we registered for the Hot Chocolate 15K, a 9.3-mile race through the hilly streets of Grant Park, Midtown, and Downtown Atlanta that ends at Turner Field. This is the second year the race has been held in Atlanta, and Kelly has run it both years because of the race’s affiliation with Ronald McDonald House charities, her sorority’s national philanthropy. A portion of race proceeds benefit local Ronald McDonald Houses, where Kelly regularly volunteers. We attended the race with friends from Kelly’s sorority and our kickball team.
For last year’s race, Atlanta was granted a random weekend of 70-degree temperatures in January. When Kelly (and every other runner) finished running, hot chocolate wasn’t too appetizing. Ice water was a much more popular choice. This year, when the temperature at the 8:25 a.m. start was 32 degrees, hot chocolate was a welcome snack that complemented our layers and layers of shirts, tights, pants, hats, gloves, and scarves well.
It was a tough race, but good to be outside breathing fresh air and enjoying some sunshine.
Until next year!