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Email Alerts and Race Information
Important race information (cancellations, course changes, etc) and special announcements will be emailed to all participants and posted on the race web site periodically. If you are not already on our list, please sign up for these alerts by using the Email Alerts link at the top of the page.
Hot Chocolate 10K Course Safety
Please read carefully:
10K Start Time and USATF Certified Course - View the Course Video!
The 10K begins at 8:45 a.m. in the upper parking lot at IDES (125 Hill St.) and
travels down to Hill St. and then to Riverside Drive. It then continues south on
Riverside Dr. and on Lyman St. until it reaches Amboy Road. The course crosses the
French Broad and does a short loop of French Broad River Park before returning back
to IDES. Download the Course Map now.
1K Kids Hill Climb Start Time and Course
The 1K kids Hill Climb starts at 8:30 a.m. (with a warm-up starting at 8:00 a.m. in the GYM) and begins at Hill St. and the Lower entrance (near Atkinson St.) to the IDES parking lot. It travels up THE HILL and does a single loop around the playground before finishing in the IDES parking lot. The 1K Kids Hill Climb is limited to children 12 and under (although parents can run along side for free, of course!)
Marshmallow Dash Start Time and Course
The Marshmallow Dash starts soon after the Kids Hill Climb...about 8:40 a.m. The course begins at the entrance to the Isaac Dickson K-2 playground and then travels in a single loop around the 3-5 playground before finishing in the IDES parking lot (same course as Hill Climb BUT without THE HILL!!!). The race begins immediately following the passing of the majority of the Kids Hill Climb participants. Marshmallow Dash kids should join the Hill Climb kids for the warm-up starting at 8:00 a.m. in the gym. The Marshmallow Dash is limited to children 6 and under and parents are strongly encouraged to stay by their child's side the whole dash.
10K Packet Pickup
Runners have three opportunities to pick up race packets, which will include your
long sleeve shirt and timing race bib (and any other swag we might have). The first
is late Thursday afternoon at Harmony Motors (621 Brevard Rd) from 4pm to 7pm. Come
and enjoy chocolate tasting, music, and fancy cars while picking up your race bib.
Hill Climb and Marshmallow Dash Packet Pickup and Registration
There are three opportunities to pick up your child's 1K Hill Climb or Marshmallow Dash packet as well as to register (for the 1K and Marshmallow Dash races ONLY) if necessary. The first is Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 7pm at Harmony Motors at 621 Brevard Rd. The second is Friday evening from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the school at 125 Hill Street and coincides with the Learning Garden Pasta Dinner. The second is on race morning and is located in the IDES Gymnasium and will be from at 6:30 - 8:00 a.m. right before the warm-up.
The 10K race is capped at 1250 entrants and all are guaranteed to receive long-sleeve, colored cotton shirts. The 1K Kids Hill Climb and Marshmallow Dash shirts will also be long-sleeved. The first 250 kids will receive a shirt.
All 10K participants should plan on finishing the race by 11:00 a.m. to receive an official time. At 11:00 a.m., the traffic controls on the course will cease. Those remaining on the course can still proceed but should travel on sidewalks and stop at all traffic lights. Race officials will remain on the course to monitor and assist all participants until they reach the finish line. There is no time limit for either the 1K Kids Hill climb or the Marshmallow Dash.
10K Water Stations
Directions to Isaac Dickson School
We could try to describe every possible way to get to IDES, but let's face it, if you're on this page, you know how to use a computer. That being said, use the following link to Google Maps and enter your starting address. Click Get Directions to begin viewing your custom directions immediately. View Directions to Isaac Dickson Elementary School.
However, if that doesn't suit you, from I-240 W, take exit 4C. Turn RIGHT on to Montford Ave at the light at the end of the ramp. Then, immediately, turn a left on to Hill St. IDES is about a half mile down on the right.
Parking and the new Parking Shuttle
As with last yesr, we are restricting the use of the IDES upper parking lots to
volunteers, sponsors, and race staff.
Like last year, we will be providing a STAFFED BAG CHECK on race morning. This is a great service that wasn't used by many racers last year. It is even more important this year because of the fact that we are asking runners to use the Rankin Ave. parking garage and shuttle. With the bag check, you will be able to pack a bag of warm clothes for after the race. Please plan on using it! Bag Check will be located in the East K-2 hallway of the school. To get to bag check, enter through the main entrance of the school and take the first hallway to your right. we will have volunteers directing you, so don't worry.
Awards and Award Ceremony
10K Hill Climb: Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female overall finishers and to the first male and female in the Masters Division (40+). Awards will go to the top three finishers in each of the following age divisions: 14&U; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80-84; 85 and over. Overall placers not eligible for age group awards. The 10K Awards will begin at 11:00 a.m.
1K Hill Climb: The top three boys and top three girls will each receive a special award. In addition, every child gets a shirt and a ribbon! The 1K Kids Hill Climb is limited to children 12 and under (although parents can run along side for free, of course!) The 1K awards will be given out immediately after the 1K race is complete.
Marshmallow Dash: Every child gets a shirt and a ribbon! The Marshmallow Dash is limited to children 6 and under and parents are strongly encouraged to stay by their child's side the whole dash. The awards will be given out immediately after the dash is complete.
First Aid and Toilets
First aid will be available at IDES in the finish line area. Portable toilets will be available in the IDES parking lot as well as in the school and gym.
Should you experience a medical problem on the course, contact the nearest race volunteer or police officer at either an intersection or water station.
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