Hot Chocolate Run & SPCA Doggie Dash

10K, 5K, 1 Mile, Other

Event Date

Sun, Jan 8, 2017


Cary, NC


Activity Today Later


$35 $35 Register


$25 $25 Register

1 Mile

$15 $15 Register

Kids in Strollers

$5 $5 Register

About This Activity

Supporting the Wake County SPCA

Back by popular demand, its nearly time to greet the New Year with with a big mug of hot chocolate! And this year its going to be even bigger and better. The past three years we've given you the choice of a 5K or 1 Mile race, and we've been capped at 500 people. Well, good news. The 2017 Hot Chocolate Run is moving to WakeMed Soccer Park (but its not the old boring course), adding a 10K, and raising the number of people we can have run!

What's not changing is that everyone who finishes the race gets a great mug, all the hot chocolate they can drink, and proceeds from the doggie dash go to support the Wake County SPCA.

The Hot Chocolate Run is also the first race of Fit & Able's new Free-for-All Race Series.

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 photos from the Hot Chocolate Run's first three years: 2014, 2015, and 2016


Saturday January 7, 2016

9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Packet Pick-up at Omega Sports at Crossroads

Sunday January 8, 2016

7:00 - 9:45 AM - Check-in & Packet Pick-up
10:00 AM - 5K & 10K Start Time
11:00 AM - 1 Mile Start Time
*Start times subject to change due to weather or safety


Race Location: WakeMed Soccer Park (201 Soccer Park Dr., Cary, NC 27511).

Course Information: The course is on WakeMed's paved and natural trails with one road crossing and moderate to big hills. If you've run at WakeMed before, this isn't the usual course. Course conditions depend on the weather prior to the event. COURSE MAPS COMING SOON!

Events: Everyone is welcome to participate! All participants will have chip-timed results that will be posted online. 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 and young kids in strollers must be registered and numbered in order to participate with their owners and parents.

Race Souvenirs: 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 tech long-sleeve shirt for $20. Participants will get their mugs at the refreshment table after the race and will be able to pick their favorite color based on availability (first come, first serve while supplies last!). Shirts and mugs must be picked up at the race; shirts and mugs won't be mailed.


Online registration closes on January 2nd at 9 PM. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted at packet pick-up and race day.

10K: Mug included with registration.

  • Until October 15th: $35
  • Until December 15th: $40
  • Until January 7th: $45 (+ $5 if registering offline at packet pickup)
  • On Race Day January 8th: $50

5K: Mug included with registration.

  • Until October 15th: $25
  • Until December 15th: $30
  • Until January 7th: $35 (+ $5 if registering offline at packet pickup)
  • On Race Day January 8th: $40

1 Mile: Mug included with registration.

  • Until October 15th: $15
  • Until January 7th: $20 (+ $5 if registering offline at packet pickup)
  • On Race Day January 8th: $25

Kids in Strollers: $5
* Kids being pushed in strollers must be registered and numbered.

Doggie Dash: $5 per dog (only one dog per registered participant!)
* Dogs running with owners must be registered and numbered. The Doggie Dash registration fee goes to support the Wake County SPCA!


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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