100,000-149,999 SparkPoints 119,469

Hot Chocolate Walk

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Northampton, MA does an annual Hot Chocolate Run (and walk) to benefit Safe Passage, an agency that helps victims of domestic violence.

I signed up for the 2 mile walk (the other option was a 5K run), knowing the event would be held regardless the weather. In December in New England, that could mean rain or snow or anything in between.

Today was cold but very sunny! I wore two fleece jackets, a hat, and gloves. I was toasty warm, for a change.

The web site promised lots of free parking. The lots had either filled up or were blocked off (or both) by the time I got there. I parked 1/2 mile away and walked to the event.

The walk started 1/2 hour before the run. We hadn’t quite finished the walk when the run started. The runners had a slightly different route (as it was a longer route), so the only worry was blocking the road at the end of the race.

The walkers included women and men and children and dogs. The dogs did not have numbers, so I assume they were unofficial participants. There were strollers and at least two people in wheelchairs. And lots of cool hats (I wore a felted hat I had made!). At least 4 participants were knitting as they walked (I wouldn’t dare – I’d drop the yarn or the stitches or both). Two participants were dressed as cows – they were representing a local dairy, it turned out. One participant was dressed as a Christmas present, with a prettily wrapped cardboard box around her waist.

Out of all 5,500 participants, I found one I knew. She was one of the knitters, and she was part of a local yarn store (the same store where I’d bought the pattern and yarn for my hat).

At the end, we got hot chocolate mugs with a design by my favorite cartoonist, Hilary Price. And we got hot chocolate with marshmallows and candy canes. And I visited the vendors who had set up at the start/finish and picked up some free goodies.

I can't take a picture of the mug and get the whole design in, as it wraps around the mug. If you go to this site, the design is about halfway down the page, as part of an ad: it's a polar bear carrying mugs of chocolate.

I used my pedometer, and I had logged 3.05 miles by the time I got back to my car.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I'm late to this party .... but glad your Hot Chocolate event seems to have been a success! There was one just held here in the Washington DC area, and there has been a good deal of disappointment with it. These sound like my sort of concept, so I sort of hope that next year, the sponsors and organizers will do things differently but still hold one of the Hot Chocolate events here. Those mugs look adorable! And your hat is great!!
    3268 days ago
    emoticon healthy and fun! emoticon
    3280 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8180433
    Wow! Another one! LOL! I am still counting up all the people I know either in person or online who ran or walked in this thing. Congratulations! I did not know about the walk part. I had only heard of the run.
    I ended up in Northampton around noontime, and I was able to park in the parking garage behind Thornes. I had no trouble getting a spot there. I did see a police officer blocking the road over by the Brewery so I could not get to the lot back there. Worked out okay though because I was able to do my shopping in less than an hour so the parking was free. I did see a lot of folks who had obviously been in the race/walk. Some were in Santa costumes or other fun stuff.
    Congratulations on participating in it! I am still reading the news reports and it looks like they raised a lot of money for SafePassage, and had over 5000 people attend it.
    Also love the hat!!
    (sorry this is so long, LOL!)
    3280 days ago
    That's great! And what a unique walk - pretty sure its the first "Hot Chocolate" one I've heard of!

    I don't do that much knitting, but I also can't see knitting and walking at the same time! LOL!
    3281 days ago
  • DONNA0256
    Sounds like alot of fun! Knitting and walking - who knew!
    Oh and love the hat!
    3281 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/4/2011 5:42:10 PM
    Great job! Sounds like you had fun!
    3281 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.