Buzz: Ever Wanted To: Run The Chocolate Race
"If you're going to sweat... sweat sweetly!", a unique and appealing tagline used by the organisers of this interesting event held in St Catharine's Niagara, in Canada, each May.
From the off, you get the impression this is no ordinary race, as 'chocolate' and 'race' are two words that you rarely find next to one another.
It's no surprise that this event draws in more than 1,000 keen participants each year as they indulge in different types of chocolate at every turn, with the compromise being they have a race to finish.
There are three distances to choose from, with options of a 5k, 10k or 10-mile race; while also catering for the younger generation of chocolate lovers with a 1k 'Mini-Mom' race for those up to six years of age who run alongside their mothers and receive a chocolate treat at the finish.
Those aged from seven to 13 can take part in the 'Run for my Mom' 2.5k race, with the top 10 finishers receiving a special decadent Mother's Day chocolate treat.
The on-course tradition, as carried out by the Niagara Peninsula farmers, is to serve chocolate-covered marshmallows and strawberries as a treat for all runners.
Participants refuel at the finish lines with chocolate milk. After the race, there is an array chocolate to indulge in, from creamy chocolate truffles, to freshly cooked chocolate croissants, to melt-in-your-mouth chocolate fudge, and many more.
The event is organised by the city of St Catharine's and Dirty Runner Productions with chip-time results, participation medals, T-shirts and chocolate included in the registration fee, while the post-race awards are presented in the Grantham Lions Park with awards going to the first male and female in each distance, and the top three in age categories of under-19, 20-29, 30-40, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over.
The start and finish lines are located in Malcolmson Eco Park.
The first 900 metres are run on hard-packed trail, while all races follow the same route of an out-and-back nature with each longer-distance race taking you further along the lakeshore before having to turn around and retrace your footsteps back to the start/finish line.
Return flights to Toronto from Dublin start at €410 in May. The event website has some accommodation suggestions .
Dirty Runner Productions,
125 Carlton St,
PO Box 23043
St Catharine's, ON
email: sinful@ thechocolaterace.com
tel: +1 905-932-6356
The satisfaction of having a wide-variety of chocolatey-rewards in celebration of completing your distance.
Don't overdo the chocolate during the race!