Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Training Plans

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Hot Chocolate 15k/5k
Training Plans

Custom Training Plans are designed around you and the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k course. We take into account variables that no other training plans can match because we know how important it is to achieve your specific Hot Chocolate 15k/5k goals.

  • Expert Training Plans

    expert plans

    Developed by certified coaches with time-tested results.

  • Runner Specific Training Plans

    Runner Specific

    We know you’re unique. Your training plan should match.

  • Race Specific Training Plans

    race Specific

    Race profile, time of year, and altitude all factor into our plans.

  • Affordable Training Plans


    Custom plans shouldn’t cost more than the race itself.


The first Hot Chocolate 15K/5K race was held in Chicago in 2008. Since then, more than 20 cities across the United States (plus several cities in Mexico!) have added a Hot Chocolate 15K/5K to their yearly menu of local races. The Hot Chocolate Series is well-known for its blingy medals, the festive atmosphere, great urban courses, and of course, lots and lots of chocolate. No matter where you race, you can be sure that you'll be joined by thousands of other chocolate-loving running enthusiasts as you make your way to the finish line. If you're getting ready for a Hot Chocolate 15K or 5K, Custom Training Plans can help you prepare with a customized Hot Chocolate 15K training plan or Hot Chocolate 5K training plan.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Training Plans

The Hot Chocolate event distances are achievable for runners at any level, and a Hot Chocolate 5K is a great place to dip your toe into running races if you’re new to the scene. Although the Hot Chocolate Series guarantees participants a good time, it’s not solely a fun run. Every course is sanctioned by the USATF, so goal-oriented runners who are shooting for a PR have a sweet opportunity to do so. At Custom Training Plans, we can help you reach for your goals no matter where you’re starting from. We offer Hot Chocolate 5K training plans and Hot Chocolate 15K training plans that are customized to the race you’re running and your current fitness level, helping you to make steady progress toward race day.

The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Series kicks off in Denver in October and ends in Minneapolis in April. Each city’s race is held in a hot chocolate-friendly month, and runners warm up with a finisher mug loaded with a hefty portion of the two tons of chocolate that are melted for every race. This series inspires deep loyalty in its participants, and some athletes will even travel to take part in multiple Hot Chocolate events each year. The supportive atmosphere of the Hot Chocolate series makes these races a great choice for anyone, from those registering for their first race, runners building from the 5K to a 15K, or athletes looking for a new PR in the 15K. CTP’s Hot Chocolate 5K training plans and Hot Chocolate 15K training plans can be customized to suit athletes of all fitness levels, giving you workouts that are set to just the right intensity for you.

Because this event is held in so many different cities, using a generic Hot Chocolate 5K training program or Hot Chocolate 15K training program could leave you high and dry when it comes to race day. Each of these urban courses offers a different set of challenges. For example, the San Francisco and Nashville courses present runners with hills that can be demanding if you’re not prepared for them. At Custom Training Plans, we consider the elevation profile and terrain of each course as we design each of our Hot Chocolate training schedules. If your course features a lot of elevation changes, you’ll find running workouts that place a special emphasis on hill work along with intervals and sprints. Athletes running on flat, fast courses like Oklahoma City can work on their speed and endurance with workouts that can help runners increase their pace.

At CTP, we think that race prep goes beyond simply providing you with a mileage chart and running workouts. We take a comprehensive approach to training, incorporating cross-training, mobility exercises, and more to keep your training plan fresh as you build strength and power. With our full-body training program, you can increase your overall fitness to support your race goals. Generic Hot Chocolate training plans are designed for average runners, and we think you deserve so much more than an average plan. Following our Hot Chocolate 15K training plans and Hot Chocolate 5K training plans can help you train thoughtfully and thoroughly, without asking you to do too much or too little. CTP’s Hot Chocolate training plans are designed to get you to the start line – and the finish line – injury-free.

Whatever your Hot Chocolate race goals may be, Custom Training Plans can help you prepare to hit your target. Every one of our Hot Chocolate 15K training plans and Hot Chocolate 5K training plans is designed especially for your city’s course, and each workout is customized to fit you and your needs. Our Hot Chocolate training programs are a safe and effective way to build your fitness steadily, helping you to avoid overtraining injuries and burnout. CTP Hot Chocolate training plans are developed in concert with professional trainers, so you know that the advice you receive on your Hot Chocolate preparation is trustworthy. Why not see for yourself what a personalized CTP Hot Chocolate training plan can do for you?

Here’s what you’ll receive in your plan package:

  • Daily Plans


  • Pace Chart

    Pace chart

  • Lift Workouts

    Lift workouts

  • Coaching Letter

    Letter from your coach

  • Mobility Workouts

    Mobility workouts

  • RPE Chart

    RPE chart

  • Running Podcast


  • Motivational Emails

    Weekly motivation email

How Training Plans Work

How it works

  1. Complete our proprietary runner questionnaire so we can get to know you better.
  2. Your custom Hot Chocolate 15k/5k plan is built based on advanced analytics with expert coaching oversight.
  3. Receive your custom Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, lifting + mobility guide, a letter from our coaches, and more within 24 hours.
  4. Finish the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k with confidence.

Our method

  1. Certified Coaches

    With the expertise of USATF certified coaches and physical therapists, we built an advanced model to weigh the effects of runner-specific variables on training outcomes.

  2. Custom Race Profile

    We analyzed unique characteristics of hundreds of races across the country to build a “race profile” into our model that accounts for elevation gain, altitude, time of year, and more.

  3. Training Plan Model

    Our model generates a unique training plan for you and your race, and all plans are reviewed by a coach and hand-tweaked before they make their way to you.