Hot Chocolate Run & SPCA Doggie Dash

5K, 1 Mile

Event Date

Sun, Jan 4, 2015


Cary, NC

About This Activity

*** We hit our participant cap so registration is now closed.  If you would like to be put on a waitlist, please email  Thank you ***

Supporting the Wake County SPCA
Sanctioned by USA Track & Field

Supporting the SPCA!    USATF-2014    Great coffee and pastries!

Back by popular demand, its time to greet the New Year with with a big mug of hot chocolate!  Whether you're up for the Big Mug 5K or just the Little Cup 1 Mile you, your family, and friends will enjoy chasing away the New Year chill with a hot cup of chocolaty delight.  Runners can choose between a competitive and recreational 5K, recreational Mile, and - brand new this year - a Sleep-In category where you can support the cause without having to break a sweat!  All finishers not only get a beverage to warm their hands but also get to take home a beautiful ceramic mug to fill over and over to keep you warm until Spring arrives.  Returning runners will get a special 2 Year mug while supplies last to celebrate kicking off another year with Fit & Able!

Invite your friends, pick your race, and start craving hot chocolate!

Fit & Able loves family fitness and whose four-legged furry friend isn't part of the family?  Dog owners are welcome to run with their pups in any Hot Chocolate Run race!  For only $5 per pup it will be happy trails for both runners and their dogs.  AND, the full $5 goes to support the Wake County SPCA!  Only one dog per registered runner and you must register your dog for them to run with you.  The race will be more fun with the whole family there and you'll be supporting a great organization in our community!

Check out the photo album from last year to see how much fun everyone had!

Event details and schedule


Saturday January 3, 2015

2:00 - 4:00 PM Packet Pick-up at Omega Sports at Crossroads

Sunday January 4, 2015

8:00 - 9:30 AM Check-in & Packet Pick-up at Kiwanis Shelter
10:00 AM BIG Mug 5K Start Time
10:45 AM Little Cup 1 Mile Start Time
*Start times subject to change due to weather or safety


Race Location: Fred G. Bond Metro Park, Cary, NC (  Race registration and refreshments are located at the Kiwanis Shelter.  Parking will be available at the boat house and near baseball field #4.

Course Information: The course is on Bond Park's paved and natural trails with three road crossings and moderate hills.  Course conditions depend on the weather prior to the event.  Hot Chocolate Run Course Map

Events: Everyone is welcome to participate!  This is event has both competitive and recreational categories.  Competitive participants will have chip-timed results that will be posted online.  Recreational participants will only have a digital clock at the finish line and no timed results.  All Fit & Able Productions, Inc. events are inclusion events: anyone of any age, skill-level, or ability can participate in any race!

Athletic Trainer: An athletic trainer will be available at a medical tent located near the finish line.

Water Stations: There will be two water stations on the course: one at the 1 Mile mark and Finish line and one just after the 2 Mile mark.  Water is also available at the registration and refreshment area.  The water stations are marked on the map.

Packet Pick-up: All participants must show a photo ID or be with a guardian with a photo ID in order to pick up their race packets and can only pick up their own race packet.  All dogs running on the course must be registered and numbered in order to participate with their owners.

Race Souvenirs: 1st Year finishers will receive a ceramic 11 oz. hot chocolate mug.  2nd Year runners will receive a special 2 Year 14 0z. commemorative mug.  Mugs come in red, green, and blue.  Like the mug and want another?  No problem!  You can reserve an additional 11 oz. race mug for $10, 14 oz. 2 Year mug for $12, and a performance long-sleeve shirt for $20.  Participants will get their mugs at the refreshment table following the race and will be able to pick their favorite color based on availability (first come. first serve while supplies last!).


Online registration closes on January 3rd at 9 PM.  Only cash and checks are accepted at packet pick-up and race day.

Big Mug Competitive 5K (Chip Timed Results): Mug included with registration.

  • Until December 3rd: $20
  • Until Saturday January 3rd: $25
  • On Race Day January 4th: $30

Big Mug Recreational 5K (No Timed Results): Mug included with registration

  • Until December 3rd: $15
  • Until January 3rd: $20
  • On Race Day: $25

Little Cup Competitive 1 Mile: Mug included with registration.

  • Until December 3rd: $15
  • Until January 3rd: $20
  • On Race Day: $25

Little Cup Recreational 1 Mile: Mug included with registration.

  • Until December 3rd: $10
  • Until January 3rd: $15
  • On Race Day: $20

Doggie Dash: $5 per dog (only one dog per registered participant!)
* Dogs may participate in any race and the entire Doggie Dash registration fee goes to support the Wake County SPCA!

Sleep In (It's cold outside!): $20 and get a great mug!
* Want to support the cause but don't want to run?  Register to sleep in and still get a great mug to drink hot chocolate while you watch the race!


Fit & Able Productions is a nonprofit organization that has been supporting community and family fitness in Cary since 1997 through organizing creative events and training programs.  We also support many programs, such as swim safety lessons for underprivileged children and adults, youth fitness programs, and health education run by our community partners including the Cary Family YMCA, Triangle Aquatic Center, and Town of Cary.  Proceeds from our events that aren't designated to support other organizations go to support the event and other Fit & Able nonprofit activities.

We can't wait to see you at the Hot Chocolate Run!

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