The Chocolate Race

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Location Grantham Lion\'s Club
St. Catharines


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Discipline Running
Start Date/Time May 7, 2017 @ 10:15 am
End Date/Time N/A
Address St. Catharines
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Gord Allingham
May 15th, 2018 12:45 am

Quite enjoyable; well organized and kept on time; disappointed there wasn't an acknowledgement for 1st by age category; the Chocolate helped compensate

May 14th, 2018 3:57 am

Awful race. This race keeps getting worse every year.

First off, this race is about $20-30 dollars more expensive than most races. This race costs more than some big Toronto races.

They have 4-5 chocolate items at the end of the race.

Usually this race gave out nice finisher's medals. This year was some cheap rubber medal that looked like a 50 cent keychain.

They used to have award medals for the top 3 in each age group. Those awards were cut this year.

I've asked in the past why this race is so expensive and the only answer I got back was they don't fund raise like other races.

Not sure where all the money goes for this race, but I'd be curious to see. I always seem ripped off after running this race.

This year will be my last. If you want to overpay to run a so-so race, with some chocolate at the end, this is the race for you. If you like more value for your dollar, this is the last race you want to run.

May 11th, 2016 11:10 am

What a wonderful experience! All the staff were very inspirational and made for an amazing day. Loved the emphasis on including children in the event. Face painting, photobooths and child-specific races = awesome!

Highly recommend. Great work, everyone!

May 10th, 2016 5:31 pm

The Chocolate race was amazing!!! So well put together, the volunteers were very helpful and encouraging, the route was very nice with a large part of the route being trails and beachfront. I can't believe the amount of chocolate we received!!! I would definitely give this race a 10 out of 10!!!

May 10th, 2016 10:35 am

This is my first year running the chocolate race. I live in Toronto and have run many road and trail races. This is by far one of my favorite races to date. Very well organized and family friendly. My girls loved receiving medals on their runs and I found the 10k course very scenic and lovely. The swag and goodies at the end were phenomenal. Will definitely make this an annual event for me and my children.

Kevin Humston
May 10th, 2016 8:05 am

I volunteered at this event for the 2nd year in a row and it just keeps getting better. The runners were all so positive about the race and I enjoyed sharing their excitement as a volunteer, maybe one of these years I will run instead of volunteering but I doubt it, its too much fun as a volunteer (and I get the chocolate, too! What other race takes care of the runners and the volunteers like that ;-)

May 9th, 2016 9:44 pm

My first time attending. We completed the 1km and 10km.
Pros: perfect for kids, fun course and loved the medals and music.
Cons: the winery staff were extremely rude during tastings at kit pick up.
The 10km run was too narrow in some spots and traffic wasn't controlled very well. Runners were almost hit a few times. I too also expected more chocolate.

Cammy Austin
May 9th, 2016 6:26 pm

This was my first time doing this race (5K) and I have to save I loved it! Yeah it's a little congested when it first starts, but that clears up quickly. I though the route was great; it was a nice mixture of trails, road, and small, short hills. My sister and I had so much fun and both can't wait to do it again next year! Chocolate goodies at the end were amazing!!

May 9th, 2016 8:51 am

I raced this year with a big group of family and friends and it was a lovely day. The shirts were nice this year and it was a huge turnout! Unfortunately, race kit pickup the morning of was pretty crazy and running quite behind! The bathroom lineups were enormous and we ended up using some that were marked as closed so we wouldn't be late to the start.

The course was very congested the last 2km of the 10k! I finished in 53 minutes so I was running at a pretty quick pace. But in the last 10 minutes of the race I ended up in a very narrow lane - and then path - with all of the 5k walkers! Some of them were casually stopping to check out items left out on the side of the road! There was a ton of swerving and constant "excuse me's" to try to keep my pace. Very frustrating to say the least!

I'm not sure I'll do this race again as the cost is very high and it has left me disappointed two years in a row now

May 8th, 2016 2:44 pm

Very disappointed in this year's race.

Why is this race so expensive? Where does the money go?

I found the race very disorganized. I ran the 5K, and was up near the front. There were almost no marshals in key areas of the course. The Leader almost ran the wrong direction a few times.

The medal presentation at the end was also disorganized. I felt bad for the woman presenting, it seemed like she had no help at all.

The chocolate at the end was nice, but I'm just confused on why this race is always so much expensive than other races. I've ran it twice now, and this year might be my last unless the price comes down. $60-70 for a 5K is ridiculous, unless it's a big Toronto race.

"Getaway" Girl
May 13th, 2015 3:29 pm

This is my 3 year participating in this event. I always enjoy this race, the course, the volunteers, the SWAG! The race shirt fits! YIPPEE!! I didn't like that the 5 km runners and walkers started at the same time. It was congested, frustrating and dangerous! I don't remember that happening before - the runners started a wave ahead and the walkers followed. However... all other parts of the event were terrific!

Lisa G
May 11th, 2015 4:09 pm

I committed to running the Chocolate Race without knowing much about it, but a friend had said it was good fun, so I said I would sign up. I was disgusted to learn that no portion of my $65 entry fee was going to benefit any local charity or non-profit group - for this reason alone I won't participate in the Chocolate Race again.

The run itself was ok The course became very congested when all the runners/walkers merged during the final few kilometres, which was very frustrating. Not a very well thought out course. At the finish line it was disorganized, with groups of people waiting to be randomly handed a medal from someone leaning over a fence.

The volunteers were all wonderful and very friendly - bravo to you al!.

The race has such potential to bring attention and funds to a local cause and I won't support it again until it supports the local community who is hosting them.

Tanya K
May 11th, 2015 8:59 am

This was my first time running the Chocolate Race and it will also be my last. I participated in the 10k race. I had 3 major issues with this event.

1) Please note that I believe that race volunteers are amazing. That is if they are trained properly to do their job. I had a few issues at water station but the worst was just before the 8k mark. I had to stop and wait as the lady "poured" my water. She wanted it to be fresh for me. It was not busy and there was no reason for this delay and extremely frustrating.

2) At the 8k mark the event merge; the 10k and the 5k. For me this happened at the 48 minute mark. This meant that I ran into all the walking 5kers. I had to shuffle around and yell 'excuse me' for the last 2k of this 10k. It was awful and extremely frustrating.

3) I finally reached the finish line. It was hot and humid; 30+ degrees and it took me about 5 minutes to find a bottle of water. I was ready to collapse and couldn't find water. This is the first race I've ever been to that didn't hand out water as you crossed the finish line. So awful.

My running group came out with 15 participants and unfortunately most of us had a bad experience during this event. Very disappointing.

Amy Archambault
May 10th, 2015 12:49 pm

I am absolutely disgusted with the race organization and the race director. They left my 9yr old child in tears after racing the 5k. The award ceramony was over 2 hours after the race finished. No one new who and when the awards ceramony would be. When they finally held the award ceramony they lost her medal. Leaving my child standing in front of the medals crying. The race director left her volunteers to deal with the situation. Only to say sorry worth a slight shrug when leaving the venue and an offer to mail. The behaviour is unacceptable. The complete disregard for people's time, lack of communication and organization makes this the most disappointing race.

May 15th, 2014 1:04 pm

First off, the 'expo' or race-kit pickup was very much below expectations. They didn't have proper signage, nobody knew what was going on and I didn't even get my full race kit because people didn't know where the shirts were. All I got was my race bib and safety pins.

The race start was decent, the commentary was kind of sad compared to larger races, but it was a nice location and the smaller race made it great.

The course was nice and well marked (10 mile course). There was only one time I wasn't sure where to go, but it was easy to find out. Great water stops and great volunteers.

Finish was good, lots of people around and music. I finished in the middle of the pack and they were already low on goodies/supplies. Also, there was no information about the chocolate martini, so signage and volunteers didn't know about it.

Overall, I would do this run again because it's in my backyard, but the cost is high, so if it increases I wouldn't run it again.

Great local race with great volunteers. Would like to see some funds go to a non-profit (and if it does, then tell us that).

July 22nd, 2013 2:55 pm

I was disappointed by this race this year. It's a great idea but I don't know that this race is worth $70. I loved the chocolate and I enjoyed the race course - part gravel trail running, part road running. The swag bag was also pretty good containing a variety of chocolate.
I found the 'expo' disappointing since it was only on the Saturday and not the morning of the event. For example, I had seen a medal rack that I was interested in, but when I went back to get it the next day the exhibiter was gone. I also found it depressing that there were so few exhibitors. Usually, this is not a big deal, but given that it was advertised online as part of the experience, it was a let down.
I also found the shirt a MASSIVE letdown. It was announced on their facebook site the Friday before the race that the printers had made a mistake 'I Vollie for Chocolate' instead of 'I Run for Chocolate.' Their response was 'consider your shirt a collector's item.' Really?!? How about "sorry we made a mistake - you will get a discount on race entries next year" or "we are going to return the shirts and will mail the shirts out." Given this is a for-profit race (i.e., the proceeds do not go to benefit any local organization), this is a real disappointment. I have no doubt the printer probably gave the organizer a discount on the shirts for the error in printing (unless someone dropped the ball on the organizer's end) that will probably not be translated into savings for the racers. This fact alone will probably deter me from doing this event again.
If you are going to run this race, my advice is decide early and take advantage of early-bird savings. I definitely wouldn't pay the entry fee past the early-bird savings - it's not worth it, especially if the organizers are not willing to make an effort to rectify an error on their part if it happens.

February 23rd, 2013 10:47 am

It was an awesome. The tour through the town afterwards added to the experience. Very worthwhile.

Sore runner
August 25th, 2012 8:54 am

The event was very well organized, and the volunteers and staff were great. I would have really appreciated it if they had advertised the race as being all terrain....grass, sand, gravel and eventually paved. The chocolate throughout the race was a very nice incentive.

May 1st, 2012 3:39 pm

I would recommend this race...the course was a pleasant surprise, a combination of residential roads and pathway along the lake, aid stations were plenty and the volunteers were great.

May 1st, 2012 1:47 pm

Ran the 10-miler on Sunday for the first time and LOVED IT. The course was great - varied between neighbourhoods, waterfront trail right on Lake Ontario, and forest paths.

The event was well organized and well supported. Aid stations were well stocked with, well, Chocolate... and the chocolate stations at the end of the run were great, but lines were long. Perhaps once Port Dalhousie completes its transformation it will be easier to keep people moving through.

Overall a beautiful course, great people, and good value. I am looking forward to next year!

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