Valentine's Day Chocolate Comes Early for Dallas Runners

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Hot chocolate 15k/5k series aims to raise $1 million dollars for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Who doesn’t love chocolate? The race benefits such a great cause, and helps so many families in need. Brandon Presern, Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Race Director.

The tradition of preferring offerings of love on St. Valentine's Day is well documented. Chocolate and roses top the list of gifts given on this special day, mainly because of chocolate’s aphrodisiac properties.

Fitness enthusiasts in Dallas, Texas are getting a taste of the sweet stuff a little early this year. On Saturday, February 9th, over 10 thousand runners and walkers will participate in America’s Sweetest Race, the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k.

The race starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park. Race Organizers are expecting this race to be even bigger than last year given that so many runners have chocolate on their brains this time of year. “The course is pretty flat and straight, giving runners an opportunity to get excellent times, and when you finish you are greeted with a chocolate square and great music which leads to the post race party with loads of goodies” says race director Brandon Presern. The goodies include a finishers mug that has hot chocolate in the center, chocolate fondue surrounded by marshmallows, pretzels, banana and rice Krispy’s to name a few of the treats.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities is the race beneficiary. The Ronald McDonald House Charities is the National Charity Partner for the race series.

“We are really excited to have the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k in Dallas for the second year in a row. Our partnership will help provide a home away-from-home for families who have a child receiving treatment at a Dallas-area hospital. And, who doesn’t love chocolate?” said Danna Flemons, Marketing and Communications Manager, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

Every night, hundreds of moms, dads, brothers and sisters stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. The Ronald McDonald House maintains a caring homelike atmosphere and provides a place where families receive strength and stability from others who share similar concerns.

So enjoy your Valentines reward early by working up a sweat because, aphrodisiac or not, end result is lovely and delicious.

Registration is open. 15k is $68, 5k is $48. All participants will receive a men’s or women’s hooded sweatshirt and a Finishers Mug filled with chocolate treats. Visit to sign up today.

About the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k series:
Albuquerque, New Mexico kicked off the 2012/2013 Hot Chocolate tour. The Hot Chocolate bus also stopped in Chicago, Columbus, Phoenix, and Atlanta. After Dallas, the tour will continue to Seattle Washington and San Diego, California.

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