Tuesday, January 31, 2012

5K Run for the Chocolate Coming through Old North Feb. 12

Get ready for the streets of Old North to be overtaken by hundreds (or maybe thousands) of runners on the morning of Sunday, February 12.   Just two days before Valentine’s Day, the “Sweetest 5K in St. Louis” will come to the heart of Old North as part of the first “Run for the Chocolate.”  See below for the race map and to see how it travels through Old North (primarily up N. 13th Street to Warren, then Warren to N. 14th Street, then up N. 14th through Crown Square to St. Louis Avenue, and then back the same route).  Please help pass the word along to your neighbors that some of the streets and intersections along the route will be temporarily closed during the race.

If you’d like to participate as a runner, see below for registration details.  And, with this many participants coming through the neighborhood, we could use a lot of volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks, including helping set up barricades and directing the runners through intersections and along the route.   If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Mike Weiss (by email:, and be sure to mention that you’re interested in helping in Old North.

This exciting new 5K through the streets of Downtown and Old North will spice up Valentine’s weekend for couples and singles alike, as well as benefit the Downtown Bicycle Station.

When: Sunday, February 12th, 2012. Race starts at 9:00 am. Registration will be open at 7:00 am.

What: A 5K run from Laclede’s Landing to Crown Candy Kitchen and Back.  5K too much? We will also have a 1 mile Walk for the Chocolate. It could be cold and snowy- so be prepared for Midwestern Winter. Timing will be provided by Big River Running Company.

Where: The Run for the Chocolate Start and Finish will be on O’Fallon Street- just North of the Lumiere Casino.

Packet Pick-Up: We will have Race Packet Pick Up at Little Shark Athletic Company from 10:00am - 6:00pm on Saturday February 11th.

Registration Information: Cost for the Run or Walk is $30. There will be a slight surcharge for online registration. Race entry for Happy Couples that register together for the run or walk is $50. (This category is for ‘romantic’ couples- married or not quite married…)

Racers will be categorized by age and relationship status. Please identify if you are one of the following:

  • Bachelor
  • Bachelorette
  • Off the Market Men
  • Off the Market Women
  • Cougar Woman 40+
  • Serial Dater Men 40+ (Manther)

Age Groups for Bachelor, Bachelorette and Off the Market Categories will be:

12-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-70, 70+

Register by clicking HERE for the link to

Race Goodies- all racers will recieve sweet schwag.

Run for the Chocolate Signature Event Shirt (Will Run for Chocolate). These will differentiate between ON and OFF the Market runners. So you will know who you can schmooze after the race.

Edible Medals. Everyone wins.

Post race Hot Chocolate.

Winners of the Bachelor and Bachelorette Age Group will win a Blind Ice Cream Date at Crown Candy Kitchen or participating restaurant with their opposite gender age group winner.

Winners of the Off the Market Categories will receive a romantic Desert Date with their significant other.

Get Lucky: We will be raffling off romantic prizes post race.

And, as noted above…  Volunteer: Can’t run? Like Chocolate? We can make sure you’re helpful and sweetened. Email

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