On the morning of March 30th, 240 runners, walkers and volunteers converged on East Beach for this sold-out chocolate fest. After checking in and getting their first chocolate samples from Edible Goddess, Heather Maxwell of Fitwell Chiropractic led participants in a beachside stretching session. Wave one (pictured above) took off with smiles to explore the chocolate-strewn course. With 6 chocolate stops along the way, we were doubly impressed with the first finishers’ times, although we’re pretty sure they saved their chocolate eating for after the race. Our local speed demon, Ky Faubion, polished off the course in 18:58, and Fran Morin of Quebec finished in 21:48. For more results, click on these links for Age group and Overall, and you can peruse and download photos here.
Volunteers from Global Exchange and Alpha Phi Omega greeted finishers with cheers and ribbons, and directed participants to even more chocolates, Cakewalk chocolate chip cookies, brownies and other snacks and drinks to enjoy before the awards ceremony and raffle began. Overall winners got to take home See Jane Run gift cards, Marich and 6th Course chocolate truffles, while age group winners were presented with ribbons and 20% discount cards for the Strawberry Waffle Dash. The many raffle winners took home everything from enormous chocolate rabbits with Road ID gift cards to Chocolate Shop wine. The grand raffle prize was a delicious looking chocolate truffle tower, donated by Socola Chocolates.
The Chocolate Dash raised $1000 to give to the Global Exchange Fair Trade Program. This program has worked to promote Fair Trade, end child labor in the cocoa industry, and educate and empower children and adults to advocate for and purchase Fair Trade.
If you participated, we hope you got your fill of chocolates despite the 5k of running or walking in between! Please help us create a better event next year by filling out this 2-minute survey.
Special thanks to the Picnic Dash crew, Alpha Phi Omega & Global Exchange volunteers, who registered and signed in participants, handed out and water and chocolates while guiding the crowd along the course, helped with setup and breakdown, and made this event possible! Also, thank you Will Train For Chocolate engineers Julie and Valerie for creating a free (and ongoing) training program for 5k and chocolate enthusiasts! Visit Will Train for Chocolate to find out more.
Cheers, and we hope to see you at the Strawberry Waffle Dash!