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2014 Race Details (2015 to be updated shortly!)

Chocolate Race Details  (Top)

 

 

Personalized Medals

iTAB


Once your hard work is done, celebrate an amazing achievement and personalize your fantastic Chocolate Race Finisher Medal with an iTaB. The iTaB is a small plate engraved with your Name and Finish Time which fits neatly onto the back of the medal. The cost of $10.00 is paid when you register for the race. We submit the results to the engraving company and they in turn mail out the tabs to you to fit on the back of your medal.

 

 

 

The "Mini-Mom" Chocolate Races  (Top)

The "Run with Mom Pint Size" 1 km Chocolate Race

The "Run for my Mom" 2.5 km Chocolate Trail Race


MINI Chocolate Races produced by Monkey See Monkey Do Martial Arts Training


Race Kit Pickup (Top)

Saturday May 10th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday May 11th, 8:00 a.m. to 15 minutes before start of each race

Assumption Catholic Elementary School, 225 Parnell Rd.

DIRECTIONS for kit pickup

Can I pickup my friend's registration kit?
Yes. You must give us a letter stating your full name & the names of the persons whose kits you are picking up. Please note that you in turn become responsible for the swag, bib number and timing device of your friends. The REPLACEMENT cost of a bib and timing device are $15 on race day.

Do I pick up a race kit for the 2.5k or 1k kids runs?
Yes!


Chocolate  (Top)

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On Course
It's been a tradition to have Moyer's Apple Farm (Niagara Peninsula farmers) serve chocolate-covered strawberries/marshmellows as a treat for all runners. If you go the distance, however, we'll have another chocolate treat at the 10 mile chocolate station.

Finish Line
Continue your indulgence and refuel your body with chocolate milk.

Post-Race (Top)

Now it's time to celebrate! At the finish you will indulge in creamy and dreamy chocolate truffles, beyond-decadent chocolate croissants and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate fudge!

Hey! There's more...sink your teeth into one of Moyer's chocolate dipped apples at the finish line. They're sweet, crispy and we're giving one out to every finisher this year!


 

 

Chocolate Martini 2014 (Top)

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Post Race Martini
It's been a tradition to serve chocolate martinis at our finish line as a sweet little reward for reaching your goal.

This year we taste tested a number of different martinis and hands down, the winner among our taste team was the BLACK FOREST CAKE MARTINI.

After your race head on over to the Lion's Club Hall where you can indulge in this velvety elixir featuring crème de cacao, Legend Estate's Cherry Riesling and Niagara's very own, tart cherry juice from Cherry Lane. It'll knock your sweet little socks off.

(err..no, there isn't actual cake in your martini. It just tastes like it!)

The Black Forest Cake martini is available to registered runners of legal drinking age in the Province of Ontario.

Martini "house" is at Grantham Lion's Hall, across from the race start/finish.

 

 

 

 

Extra Chocolate for Family/Friends (Top)

Extra ticket sales are now complete for the 2014 race. Thanks for ordering!

Grand SLAM Chocolate Package $15.00
(creamy and dreamy chocolate truffles, beyond-decadent chocolate croissants, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate fudge, chocolate milk, Moyer's chocolate covered apple & for those of legal drinking age in Ontario, a glass of Black Forest Cake martini)

MINI Chocolate Package $5.00
(chocolate milk and Moyer's chocolate-covered apple)

Extra chocolate tickets can be purchased up to one month before race date during the online Registration process. Tickets will be issued to the REGISTERED RUNNER at race kit pickup. Runners can in turn distribute these tickets to their family/friends. Please note that the chocolate stations open when runners begin to finish their races (approximately 10:45 a.m. on race day).

 

Training (Top)

Virtual Coach - Jamie from Running Diva Mom


Running Diva Mom is offering custom training programs
and weekly virtual coaching for all three events!

Training for the 10 miler begins February 16 (12 weeks)
Training for the 5K and 10K distances begins March 9 (9 weeks)

Click HERE to go to Jamie's Couch to 5k, 10k or 10 mile training programs

 

 

Live Coaching Clinic - Tracey from Grimsby's "The Happy Li'll Sweat Club"

The Chocolatey Finish 5k Training Group

Chocolate lovers of all levels are welcome to join in on our weekly training group that starts on Sunday March 2, 2014.  This gives you 10 weeks to get into your best chocolate form, from start to chocolatey finish. The group meets @ 9:30 am and is a drop-in format ( $5.00 per drop in visit).  For more information regarding location of The Happy L'll Sweat Club (we meet in and around the Grimsby area) and to let me know if you are participating please contact Tracey: samuraiwarriorprincess@gmail.com

Ms. Tracey also teaches martial arts to children, directs the kids Chocolate races and is the Motivational Health and Fitness Chick for the Happy L'll Sweat Club.

Directions (Top)

Location: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada (22.6 km/14 miles from Niagara Falls)

DRIVING/LOCATION MAPS

Race Kit Pickup, Saturday & Sunday (click here for more information on kit pickup)
Assumption Catholic Elementary School
225 Parnell Rd.
St. Catharines, ON
L2M 1W3

Kit pickup is ACROSS the road from the Start/Finish, and across the road from Grantham Lion's Hall (last year's kit pickup, this year's martini house!)

From Toronto

From Niagara falls/U.S.A.


Accommodation (Top)

Sponsor Hotels
Courtyard Marriott, Niagara Falls
 
Hotels/Motels/B&Bs, 5 to 7 km from Race Start/Finish
Capri Inn
Days Inn
Best Western
Comfort Inn
Travelodge
Bed & Breakfasts-Port Dalhousie



Making it a WINE & CHOCOLATE WEEKEND? (Top)

We're a little partial to the Twenty Valley Wineries in the Jordan/Beamsville/Grimsby area as they're lesser known than the wineries of Niagara on the Lake. Be sure to check out the underground winery at Megalomaniac and please, please, please get involved in a little Organized Crime before you leave Niagara!

Of course, you could rent a bike in Niagara on the Lake and get a little pickled visiting these fabulous wineries: http://wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com/!

 

Results (Top)

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Stories (Videos & Blogs) (Top)

        

Medal Head

Redemption Tastes Like Chocolate

Spring Fling

Breathlessrunner

The Real Victory - The Moose Pyjama Chronicles

 

mmmondays (Top)

Join us every Monday on our FACEBOOK Page to win CHOCOLATE!
That's right! We're making Mondays a little more mmmarvelous with chocolate giveaways. Be the first to answer our trivia contest and the chocolate is yours! Go here to access our FACEBOOK Page.

 

DEATH by CHOCOLATE Tour! (Top)

What is it?
A FREE Shuttle Bus Tour from 1-4:30 p.m. on Saturday May 10th to different chocolate stores (and one fabulous chocolate FACTORY!) in the Niagara Region where YOU get to sample artisanal chocolates and learn more about how they're made!

How you can WIN a seat on this tour!
All folks registered for The Chocolate Race by 6 a.m. Tuesday May 6th are ELIGIBLE to win. Here's how we will pick the winners to partake in this FREE tour:

1. We begin to draw names on Tuesday morning, May 6th
2. We contact the winners & ask how many REGISTERED RUNNERS are in their party and if they are available to take part in the tour on SATURDAY May 10th (i.e. day before the race) from ~1 to 4:30 p.m.

3. We stop drawing names once the bus is filled with 25 runners/walkers!

Why is it called "Death by Chocolate?"
Ummm...because this tour will be DECADENT, DELICIOUS, DARINGLY SINFUL and quite frankly, FILLED WITH CHOCOLATE!

 

Cocoa Farmers Future Initiative (Top)

Cocoa Farming Future Initiative

http://www.cffigrenada.org/

Starting in 2014, a portion of race proceeds will go to support Grenada's Cocoa Farmers Future Initiative. This initiative aids cocoa growers in re-establishing their forest gardens after the devestating hurricanes of 2004 and 2005. It also helps them add value to their crops, encourage the next generation of growers and maintain the island's biodiversity on which the cocoa crop depends.

We love this grassroots initiative because donations make a direct impact. It can help a farmer bring their cocoa beans to market and learn about organic farming practices. Cocoa can only grow in small areas around the equator so as the folks from CFFI Grenada say "Let's help keep cocoa healthy & delicious!"

 

FAQ (Top)

Why Chocolate and running?
Because the organizers seriously believe that life is darn short, running will always be hard & my god, chocolate tastes damn good! So if your focus is on the win and not the chocolate, or your knickers are regularly knotty (not "naughty"), come back some other time when you feel like living it up - in the sweetest way possible!

Is any of your chocolate dairy, gluten or peanut free?
Sorry, we can NOT guarantee that any of our chocolate from our suppliers is dairy, gluten or peanut free.

I'm looking for a traditional race, are you it?
No way - there are a gazillion races you can choose from out there so if you're looking for the standard race setup, this is not the race for you! Although this race has traditional distances (5k, 10k and 10 miler), our goal is to make it as fun as possible all in the name of "celebrating the good - and sweet life."

Are men allowed?
For sure - men tell us they do The Chocolate Race because they either love chocolate themselves or they love the 800 some women that do the race!

Are baby joggers, roller blades or bikes allowed?
Sorry, due to the nature of the course, baby joggers, roller blades or bikes are NOT allowed.

How do I register?
Please make sure you famliarize yourself with the race by going through this website BEFORE you register. You then have two options to register:

1. Online with visa or mastercard

2. Mail in your registration - If you do mail in your registration, it must reach us the week BEFORE the race for your name to appear on the Confirmation List. Otherwise, your registration form will be treated as a "day-of" entry.

Where do I find confirmation of my registration?
Whether you have entered online or mailed-in your registration, confirmation can be found on this list (Mailed registration forms will be entered in this list within 5 business days AFTER THEY ARE RECEIVED): http://www.onlineregistrations.ca/

Can I register on the day-of?
Please note that Online registration typically closes on the Wednesday or Thursday before the race. Mail-in registrations will be entered into the Online Database up until one week before race date. We typically have day-of registration unless an event is sold out. Registraton status updates will be posted ON THIS PAGE.

Can I switch events?
You can switch events up to the week BEFORE race date by sending us an email (sinful@thechocolaterace.com). Race day switches are subject to availability of space in an event.

What happens if I can't race?
Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable to future years. Due to limitations with insurance, we no longer allow bibs to be transferred from one runner to another. You are most welcome to still pick up your race kit (for the shirt!), and use your bib to enter "Chocolate Avenue" at the Start/Finish starting at ~11 a.m.

Can I pickup my friend's registration kit?
Yes. You must give us a letter stating your full name & the names of the persons whose kits you are picking up. Please note that you in turn become responsible for the swag, bib number and timing device of your friends. The REPLACEMENT cost of a bib and timing device are $15 on race day.

When do I Receive my Winner's Award?
Awards will be presented at the finish line at Malcolmson Eco Park after racers have had a chance to review and query results. YOU MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE TO RECEIVE YOUR AWARD.

I think my finishing time is incorrect or I am missing from the results. Who do I contact?
Please contact Chip Time Results, our event timer: http://www.chiptimeresults.com/contact/

Please be ready to provide the following information:
Full Name &
Bib Number
Event (5k, 10k, 10miler)
Location of Timing Device (On shoe, On shorts, On Bib, In pocket, Other)
Estimated Finish Time (HH:MM:SS)
How you estimated your finish time (Time on clock; Your watch from start line to finish; The name of a runner you finished near)

Media (Top)

Current Press Releases (Top)

February 5, 2014 The Chocolate Race: For folks that love living and everything that comes with it...read here

Media Excerpts (Top)

Run [this] race to earn more than just a finisher's medal
Runner's World Magazine

This is no ordinary race
Irish Independent

Best race for a sweet tooth
Greatist.com

Why run it? For a sugar fix.
Runner's World Magazine

Will run for chocolate.
Ottawa Citizen

It takes a kid in the candy store to the next level.
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Some people run to work off their sweets consumption. In Port Dalhousie this weekend, they will pound the pavement to indulge it.
St. Catharines Standard

And that's the beauty of the chocolate race. We have a blast, a great workout, and we get to taste sweet rewards.
Niagara Life Magazine

First you revel in a day of chocolate indulgence, then you run a half-marathon - and reward yourself afterward with more chocolate.
Good Times Magazine

Media Articles/Blogs (Top)

AOL Travel Boston Marathon Too Square for You? Try These 8 Fun Runs

Alive Magazine Get down & dirty!
The Irish Independent...well we think it's just so COOL that they thought about the Chocolate Race in the first place!
Get Out There Magazine says we're one of Canada's Top 10 Themed Races!
Spry puts us as one of "The Best Running Races for People Who Hate to Run"
GREATist.com puts us on a list of "The 21 Most Incredible Themed Races!"
Fox News Network says "We're just plain ol' crazy!"
What Travel Writers Say
Facing the Street
W-ESPN: Five races that take food beyond fuel
WanderFood Wednesday: Will Run for Chocolate

Downloads (Top)

Logo - web version

Logo - print version

Tourism St. Catharines

Spectrum of media outlets that have covered The Chocolate Race: (Top)

chocolate race media coverage

Media Contact

The Chocolate Race
Diane Chesla
905-932-6356
diane@dirtyrunnerproductions.com

Course (Top)

The 2014 course is the same as the 2013 course.

What does this mean?

2014 course map

VIEW 5k COURSE VIEW 10k COURSE VIEW 10m COURSE

Elevation
Note: The elevation profile was created in Map My Run and does not reflect an accurate view of the return portion of the course. Please refer to link above "2014 Course Map." Also note the elevation profile is entitled "2013 Chocolate Race." The same profile applies to future years.

View Elevation on Mapmyrun

Contact (Top)

Dirty Runner Productions
125 Carlton St.
PO Box 23043
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 1R5
sinful@thechocolaterace.com
905-932-6356