Atlanta-area 5K races for runners who love the cold

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Atlanta-area 5K races for runners who love the cold

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Sarah Drummond
Atlanta Hot Chocolate Race

A true runner doesn't let a little thing like cold weather get in the way of a race. And if there is hot chocolate waiting for at the end of the race, even better.

Whether you’re racing for glory or a new T-shirt, there’s bound to be a chilly course around Atlanta that’s perfect for you.

Freakin Freezin 5K | 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14

3150 Old Alabama Road Alpharetta

Yes, it’s freakin’ freezin’, but that doesn’t mean you can’t crush a run. This 5K will take place at Newtown Park in Alpharetta. Individual entry is $25.

Participants  automatically qualifiy for free entry in the Five Star Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.

Frozen 5K/Snowflake 1K | 8 a.m. Jan. 28

 5630 Macland Road Powder Springs

Do you want to build a snowman? Well, maybe you can at the Frozen 5K. The course takes place entirely on the trails of the Still Family Farm, so there are no cars to contend with. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $21 for the 1K.

Runners who dress up as their favorite Disney character will be entered to win special prizes. (Maybe dress like a certain queen who was never bothered by the cold anyway?)

Hot Chocolate Run | 7:40 a.m. Jan. 22

Centennial Park, 265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

This one is for all of you runners with a sweet tooth. Taking place at Turner Field, this race is one of the largest 5Ks in Atlanta. Runners can choose a 5K course or a 15K one, winding through downtown Atlanta.

At the end of the race, shivering participants will be treated to a smorgasbord of chocolatey goodness including hot chocolate, cookies, chocolate fondue and marshmallows, with rice crispy treats to dip into it. The medal is even shaped like a chocolate bar. Registration is $54 for the 5K and $79 for the 15K.

Java Jog | 8:30 a.m. Jan. 28

445 Martin Road, Dawsonville

When a race begins early in the morning, coffee is a must. So why not use that as the motivation? The Java Jog is a fast and flat race at the Rock Creek Athletic Complex. Entry is $25 and goes to support the 4H Club of Dawsonville.

Hot chocolate — and, yes,coffee — will be waiting for runners at the end.

Polar Bear Run | 8 a.m. Jan. 28

955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta

Not to be confused with the decidedly more intense Polar Bear Plunge, the Polar Bear Run is entering its 29th year. Gather at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church with about 2,000 other bundled-up runners.

This year’s race is a qualifier for the AJC Peachtree Road RaceRegistration is $25 and the proceeds go to JF High School music students. 

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