A portion of this event’s proceeds will benefit our featured charity, the American Lung Association: Lung Force.
The Hot Cocoa Classic returns on Saturday, November 3, 2018 with two race distances suited for adults, children, and cocoa lovers alike! That’s right… you don’t need your skis to do a run at Mt. Brighton!
The Hot Cocoa Classic 5K — Run or walk the scenic grounds of the Mt. Brighton Golf Course on a mostly paved course with a downhill mountain finish.
The Marshmallow Mountain Mile — Run or walk the grassy terrain of Mt. Brighton straight up and back down to complete this Mountain Challenge!
The Double Shot of Cocoa — Indulge yourself! Run or walk both races.
Once you’ve finished your race, come enjoy our Trader Joe’s Post-Race Fireside Party inside the Ore Creek Grill. Our friends at Tri-Covery will be waiting for you for post-race stretching and massage to complete your morning at Mt. Brighton. Awards will be presented indoors as well… no standing out in the cold!
Do you participate in the I Run 4 program? Click here for information about obtaining a medal for your I Run 4 buddy!
The Hot Cocoa Classic 5K and Marshmallow Mountain Mile is a Leave No Trace event. Learn more about our race-day recycling and composting efforts here. Want more information about running a great race and leaving no trace? Click here to visit Happy Planet Running!
A steaming cup of luscious hot cocoa* awaits every participant at our Trader Joe’s post-race fireside party to soothe, refresh, and aid in recovery. If you’re running the 5K, you’ll get an additional boost of cocoa on the course at our Chocolate Tunnel! There’s more too, including our fabulous hot-cocoa toppings bar! Just be sure to sign up soon: the Hot Cocoa Classic 5K & Marshmallow Mountain Mile is limited to 500 participants!
* Hot cocoa is gluten free!
Looking to PR or finish by a certain time? The Ann Arbor Running Company will have its pace team ready to help you meet your goals! Look for them in the starting area; they’ll be holding signs showing which pace they’ll be running. There will be pacers available at the following paces for the 5K: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00. Note: it’s perfectly fine to change from one pace to another while out on the course. After all, it’s your race!
Epic Races is pleased to offer participants race insurance through TicketGuardian. TicketGuardian’s standard insurance coverage allows you to get your money back if you are unable to attend your event due to car accidents, severe weather, family emergencies, military duty, and even medical issues. For more information on TicketGuardian race insurance and instructions on how to purchase coverage, click here.
If you haven’t been to Mt. Brighton in a while — or if this is your first time visiting — you’ll be amazed by what you’ll see. Renovated in 2013 by Vail Resorts, Mt. Brighton has been completely reinvented, with $10 million of improvements including new chairlifts, modern base-area facilities (including a children’s ski and ride school center), Michigan’s most innovative terrain parks, and a new powerful state-of-the-art snowmaking system. Enjoy a post-race meal in front of the cozy fireplace at the Ski Hill Grill or, if you’re not running, enjoy views of the race and the spectacular views through the restaurant’s wall of windows. Friends and family are also welcome to ride the chairlifts and cheer you on from mid-air. Whether you’re racing or relaxing, Mt. Brighton is truly where Epic begins!
Each of our Hot Cocoa Classic participants will receive:
The Hot Cocoa Classic 5K and Marshmallow Mountain Mile has been endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports. All events are part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series and qualify for the Pure Michigan FITness Challenge. For details on the Pure Michigan FITness Series and to take part in the Pure Michigan FITness Challenge, click here.
We will once again be collecting gently used men’s and women’s winter coats, scarves, and boots (and donations of new hats, gloves, and socks) as part of Spread the Warmth’s winter clothing drive. Your generous donations will help those less fortunate in the metro Detroit area be better protected against Michigan’s winter elements. For more details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plenty of free parking will be available at the Mt. Brighton Ski area.
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