Allstate Hot Chocolate Tampa 5K Virtual Race Recap - December 2020

Allstate Hot Chocolate Tampa Virtual 5K 2020

I've watched Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K races from the sidelines of social media for years, so when I had the chance to register and run in 2020 as a Bib Rave Pro Ambassador, I jumped at it!  What made it even sweeter was getting to "race" in one of my favorite travel destinations - Tampa.  Now, 2020 meant that in real life racing was limited to say the least so the Allstate Hot Chocolate races series went virtual.  While I wasn't going to be running in Tampa, I was excited to represent an awesome city and celebrate with some amazing swag.  Did the race day live up to my hype though?

You can find my preview of the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Tampa here!

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Tampa race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Ready to run!

The weeks leading up to the race didn't quite go as planned from a training perspective.  I ended up with a toe injury about a month before the race and it sidelined me from just about everything working out related for about 2 weeks.  I wish it was an exciting story, but I simply stubbed my toe something fierce.  It was black, blue, and swollen to about twice it's size for a good couple of days before things started to improve.  I did get back to some light working out leading up to the race, but primarily was focused on my strength training and walking on the treadmill.

The week of the race, Maryland had it's first dose of winter weather.  On Wednesday and into Thursday, our region was hit with a nor'easter that dropped several inches of snow and some icing.  Even though I was running 4 days later, sidewalks were still sloppy (c'mon people - clear your sidewalks!) which slowed me down.  I was also so excited to be running early enough in the morning that the Christmas lights were on full display in town and I couldn't help but stop for some photo ops along the way.  Needless to say, with all of those interruptions, my time wasn't good and wasn't important to me.  I had a blast!  

Festive running fun during the Allstate Hot Chocolate 5K Tampa Virtual Race!

After my run, I came back home and relished in the SWEET swag - literally.  You can check out all of the swag you receive with your Allstate Hot Chocolate virtual race including a full zip sweatshirt with a removable hood, medal, chocolate, and hot chocolate packets here in my Instagram reel.  After a warm shower, I snuggled up in my new sweatshirt and enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate - with marshmallows and whipped cream of course!  While I would love the chance to run this race in Tampa, I have to say that I had a great time enjoying the cold weather and holiday season around my hometown.

Swag Time!

Interested in running the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K for yourself?  You're in luck!  This race series typically races in a variety of cities over several months, but, due to COVID, all of the 20-21 season races are virtual which means you can sign up to race in the weeks ahead representing whatever city speaks most to you!  Find out more about registering for a Hot Chocolate 15K/5K virtual race by visiting their website:



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