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Dec 02 7:45AM

2017: 9th Annual Hot Cocoa Run & DogWalk - Always the 1st Saturday in December.

CURRENT NEWS: 12/1/17  


Race Day Info and Volunteer info was just sent out 2  DAYS ago. If you did not get it contact

Crossfit POP will conduct a Pre-Race stretch at 8:20a.m. and Post Race stretch at 10:20 am in the Backyard. Be sure to check out their table.

Dogtopia will do a dog pep talk at 8:25 am. . Please Visit their Table.

If anyone is a afraid of dogs...please note this is a DOG Friendly race.  Please make space for everyone!!

Read all info ahead of time. Email will NOT be checked on Saturday morning. Be sure you know where you are going. we cannot respond on Saturday morning and the Race WILL start on time!

Race Day Instructions will go out on Monday or Tuesday.
2. Volunteers Show up at 7:30 a.m.
3. Packet Pickup Opens at 7:30am and closes at 8:35 am SHARP! Lines will be not show up last minute.  Parking is at Flowers Park; 491 5th Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Volunteers will be present to direct you to packet pickup.
4. MANDATORY Pre- Race Talk at 8:40 a.m
5.  Awards will begin approx. 10:45 am. Prizes from Zachy's Wine, Dogtopia, Tiffany's, Westchester & Bareburger, Posto 22, Juniors and more!!
6. There will be live Music from Jimmy Tate starting at 9: 45 am with Pizza and other treats by 10:15.
7. There will be NO RACE DAY Entry.  If we make an exception it will cost you! $75 10k/5K; $50 all other events.

Family, Youth & Senior Citizen Pricing available. 
:Course is relatively flat out and back. Starts at City Park; run west on 5th ave. for ¼ mi (uphill); right onto Pinebrook Rd., ¼ mi downhill to Beechmont Lake. Clockwise (against traffic) around the lake (use bike lane/shoulder). 

1mile turnaround (end of lake), 5K turnaround (end of divided roadway) will be marked.
10K goes north on Pinebrook Blvd, past Quaker Ridge Rd. underpass, past the Temple to the marked turnaround (b/4 Hutch. underpass;across from Amherst Rd); loop back.

No 10K Walkers!- must be able to finish in <75 minutes; 
All runners, walkers, dogs must register.
1 Mile event- can be competed in as a solo run or walk, a Family Event, or Dog Walk.
Child under 8 that want to be ranked individually are allowed 1 adult to run/walk alongside them. Children 8 and above cannot be accompanied unless adult is registered with them or in another event.
To register as a Family select 1mile Family Frolic event and look for multi-person pricing. You will be ranked as Family. 
Dog 1 Miler: each entry includes 1 dog accompanied by 1 or 2 people. If you have 2 dogs, each must be registered, but a discount will apply. More than 2 dogs require a separate Adult companion and registration - contact race director with questions. 
If you are running with a dog in any event other than the 1miler we ask that you make a $10 donation to cover cost of dog swag. Also provide dog's info during registration
History of Race:
The Hot Cocoa Run (HCR) is a small "grassroots" event which started in 2007. Hosted right out of my driveway, it includes a 5k Run or Walk, a 10k Run, and as of 2014, a 1mi fun Family Frolic/Dog Walk to compliment this as a family and pet friendly event. Participants are served hot cocoa post race which is brewed in a cast iron cauldron over an open fire in my backyard, while everyone is along the course running. The first ever race was held with just 10 friends, doing a self-timed winter run as a fundraiser for Lymphoma Society (LLS) Team in Training (TNT) and Friends of Claire. Most of us had met years back through the LLS/TNT program. I joined TNTin 1999 to do the the Marine Corps  Marathon, then continued as a fundraising mentor and triathlon coach for over 12 years through 2012. In 2000, I met Phil Gormley who had started TNT's Triathlon program. I mentored and coached alongside Phil all while raising money to battle leukemia and lymphoma.  In 2004, Phil's sister Claire was diagnosed with ALS. Her family established Friends of Claire(FoC) to help spread awareness, research and advocating for medical needs. As a FoC'er, I supported various ALS fundraising events while still supporting LLS/TNT. In 2007, I launched the Hot Chocolate Run (as it was originally called) as a  fundraiser for both charities. In May 2009, Claire Gormley Collier lost her battle with ALS 5 short years after her diagnosis. Friends of Claire became MAC Angels. It seemed very clear to me to organize and host a 2nd Hot Chocolate Run in 2009. I originally planned to host it every two years due to how much effort and work  is involved plus I was still coaching, fundraising and competing for TNT not to mention having a full-time job and family responsibilities.  I resigned from coaching in 2012 and made the HCR an annual event with its proceeds exclusively going to MAC Angels. I had the opportunity to coach the owner of Zachy's Wines through TNT and as a result they have been a sponsor since 2009.My friends and co-workers volunteer for this race including some dressing up as Frosty, others have handmade the commerorative race gift which, in the early years were Christmas tree ornaments, and others servieas intersection at the bulk of the money gets to MAC Angels.The race has grown and evolved since 2007. The 1st event raised $111 for ALS; last year over $12,000 was raised! 
Its 9 years later, and the HCR still starts and finishes right out of my driveway. I still recycle bib numbers, signage, banners and still strictly manage the event to stay under 10% on expenses. 90% + of the registration fee and 100% of donations  go directly to MAC Angels to help families battling ALS. 
Friends, family and personal time, money and efforts are what pull this race together. Recognize that there may not be a lot of bells and whistles here, but a lot time, care and attention go into this event to ensure everyone is safe and enjoys, but the money that each of you put out goes right to the cause. Registration fees generate the majority of the funds raised. This is a growing event, that is tons of fun, really touches your heart and shows how just a small group of friends can make such a big difference to help others. Every year we get a little better but we aim a lot higher. I am setting the 2017 goal to $15,000.

I hope you will be a part of this history
Andrea aka Froste D-Snowman!

Information: Runners get a registration confirmation email; Race Day instructions will be posted or emailed 1 week before race. Recycled bibs will be handed out at registration for tracking run times; A commemorative race gift is issued to the first 100 paid registrants. Results will be posted by age group within 1 week of race completion. A Post Race Party: Hot Cocoa, Peppermint (Schnapps) to those who want it, miscellaneous treats and fun! Zachy's Wine, Aruso Pastry, Dunkin Donuts, the Lemontree, Westchester Burger, Dominos Pizza have all been past sponsors to this event.

Net Proceeds are donated to MAC Angels a 501c charity helping ALS.









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