WATCH | If you love running and indulging on chocolate, the "Hot Chocolate 15k/5k" could end up being your yearly tradition.
The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, also known as "America's sweetest race," began in 2008 in Chicago. Since its inception, the series has spread all across the U.S. and more than 200,000 people have participated. Each race consists of a 15-kilometer (9.3 miles) and a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) race.
In Seattle, there were 12,455 registered runners this year after 11,963 took part last year.
Four thousand pounds of chocolate are melted for each race, which takes eight hours and produces 12,600 gallons of cocoa. Everyone who finishes the race gets a mug filled with delicious treats to dip in chocolate.
Portion of the proceeds from the race go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provide a "home away from home" for seriously ill children and their families so they are able to stay near the hospital where they are receiving treatment at a small cost.