The Chocolate Race was held on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8th in St. Catharine's. With a variety of family-friendly race options, this race was well-attended while maintaining the great community feel. The route wound through parks and trails, waterfront with spectacular views and the local neighbourhood streets. The volunteers were incredible, cheering loudly for the participants on route.
We arrived early to be a part of all the races, so there was convenient parking, smooth bib pick up for the kids, ample time between the races to get the adult's bibs, watch the kids race finishes and visit the port-a-potty. Several #JPsTeam members were in attendance raising awareness and funds for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. On occasion the Team has been known to break out tutus at a race, and this was one of those occasions!
Given that this race was only a week after our half marathon, Melly and I ran hard, but also enjoyed chatting, cheering and running along the pretty route. We arrived at the finish to rejoin our little cheer squad, several of whom weren't running, but were there simply to cheer.
I would do this race again. While it is definitely a long trek from Toronto, it's a scenic drive and race route and a fun way for families to participate in races together. The race shirts, medals and post race treats are great. Two things that stood out to me were that we were given a bag to place our treats into--something that other race organizers could definitely learn from. At most race finishes I'm juggling my phone, bagel, banana, space blanket and water while trying to pose for photos and find my friends. The second thing I loved was receiving my result via email moments after I crossed the finish line. No need to go look it up. The only things I think could be improved are kilometer markers on the route and spacing out the 5K walkers from the 10K runners. There was a lot of zigzagging along the narrow section of trail at the end.
Overall it was a great day--and I am proud to say I still have one chocolate goody left still to eat!