11th Annual Hot Cocoa Run & Dog Walk- 5k/10k/1mile - Benefits ALS, Alzheimer's and Diabetes

5K, 10K, 1 Mile, Other

Event Date

Sat, Dec 7, 2019


New Rochelle, NY


Activity Today Later


$59 $75 Closed


$59 $75 Closed

5K Walk

$45 $65 Closed

1mi Family Frolic

$39 $50 Closed

1mi Dog Walk

$35 $45 Closed

Vendor Tables: Crafter/Artist/Non- Profit - New Rochelle Based

$125 $125 Closed

Vendor Tables: Retail/Business -New Rochelle Based

$200 $200 Closed

Vendor Tables: Food - New Rochelle Based

$250 $250 Closed

About This Activity

Current News: 11/26/19: The final stretch!! Race day information will be posted here in the upcoming week and also emailed. A slight changed was made to the 10k course (no lake loop) due to Beechmont Lake construction work.

Limited Race day registeration will be allowed however no dispounts will apply, prices do increase, and timing cannot be garanteed. Please sign up in advance.

No Race day event changes can be allowed if you wnt to be timed.

New Courses in 2019 - NO TRAILS!!  
100% on roads/sidewalks. Relatively flat out & back. All runners, walkers, children and dogs must register. Wheelchair and stroller friendly.
10K Run Course- No Walkers allowed. Must be able to do a 10k in 75 minutes or less; Dogs and strollers allowed.
5K Run/Walk Course - Runners and Walkers allowed- register separately. Dogs and strollers allowed 
1mile Family Frolic- 1 milers can compete as a solo runner or walker. This event is to encourage families to run or walk together. If you want your walk/run with your dog but YOU want to be eligible for an award this event is for YOU! If you want your dog to be eligible for an award, you should register in the dog walk.  
1mile Dog Walk - This event is for the dogs! You must have a dog with you for this event which seeks the fastest male and female dog. Each entry includes 1 dog accompanied by 1 or 2 people. If you have 2 dogs, each dog must be registered, but a $10 discount will apply. More than 2 dogs require a separate adult companion and registration - contact race director with questions. See award categories below
Teams: If you want to compete as a team create or select a team name during registration. A team can consist of members  competing in different events. Each team member remains eligible for age-group awards. Teams are ranked on best average time per mile for entire team. See award categories below.

If you are running with a dog in any event other than the 1miler we ask that you make a $10 donation to cover cost of dog swag and also provide dog's name, age, gender and breed during registration

Race estimated to start by 9am; arrive by 7:30 streets will close by 8:30

Overall & Age Group Awards:
1 Mile Overall M/F Under 15, 1 Mile Fastest Family/Team, 1 Mile Overall M/F Dog
5K Walk Overall M/F Adult, 5K Walk Overall M/F Under 15
5K Run Overall M/F
5K Run Top M/F Under 15, 15-20, 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
5K Run 1st finisher with a Dog
10K Run Overall M/F
10K Run Top M/F Under 15, 15-20, 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
10K Run
1st finisher with a Dog
All runners, walkers, dogs must register. Child under 8 that want to be ranked individually are allowed 1 adult to run/walk alongside them (no fee).Children 8 & Above cannot be accompanied unless the adult is registered.

9th Annual Event Video: https://youtu.be/fJYPWxJJTZA

Information: Runners get a registration confirmation email; Race Day instructions will be posted or emailed 1 week before race. Recycled bibs will be handed out at registration for tracking run times; A commemorative race gift is issued to the first 400 paid registrants. Results will be posted by age group within 1 week of race completion. A Post Race Party: Hot Cocoa, Peppermint (Schnapps) to those who want it, miscellaneous treats and fun! Zachy's Wine, Dogtopia, Dunkin Donuts, the Lemontree- Mamaroneck, Bare Burger, Dominos Pizza are all expected as sponsors to this event.

Net Proceeds are donated to charity. This race does NOT keep profit.

Race Background
The Hot Cocoa Run (HCR) is a small "grassroots" event which started in 2007 as just a fun get together among friends who were fundraising for charity. For 9 years it was hosted right out of my driveway and included was 5k Run or Walk, a 10k Run. It was held every other year until 2009 when it became annual. As of 2014, the 1mi Family Frolic/Dog Walk was added to accentuate this as a family/pet friendly and community event and allow those battling ALS to participate at a shorter distance. Participants are served hot cocoa post race which is brewed in a cast iron cauldron over an open fire.

Friends, family and personal time, money and efforts are what pull this race together. You will meet a live Froste D-Snowman, get great peppermint hot cocoa and plenty of prizes including age-group awards from  Zachy’s Wine and over $1000 in local merchant give-aways plus a great swag bag and finisher medals for all children (<15) and first timers.

This event remains committed to recycle/re-use as much as possible to benefit our planet AND ensure $0.90 of every dollar goes to the cause. In 2019 funds will remain benefitting  ALS- Compassionate Care (CCALS) in memory of Claire Gormly Collier as well as proceeds going to Diabetes and Alzheimer's/Dementia  in honor of my parents. Proceeds from the dog event will benefit animal foster care.

In 2007 we raised $1111 and over $22,000 was donated last year! This is a growing event, that is tons of fun, really touches your heart and shows how just a small group of friends can make such a big difference to help others. I am setting the 2019 goal to $25,000 and 400 entrants - Help be a part of this incredible event.

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