Penguin Hot Chocolate Run

Last year I was on the Bill Dwight Radio Show on WHMP to talk about Penguin Place and our recent landing in Northampton I was one of two guests that morning.  The other guest on the show was a very nice woman named Sarah Smith who happened to be promoting the annual Northampton Hot Chocolate Run, which is a charity event that takes place every December here in my new hometown.  What’s ironic about us both being on the show on the same day is that I was on to talk about Penguin Place and the Hot Chocolate Run’s mascot is a penguin.  Actually, it’s a penguin and a polar bear, but I don’t count the bear, and apparently neither does Sarah as she made a personal pilgrimage to Penguin Place yesterday to pick up a bunch of cool penguins to give out to event sponsors, volunteers and other deserving members of the Hot Chocolate Committee.   So, this year if you’re in the area in a couple of weeks for the Hot Chocolate Run don’t be surprised to see a major penguin presence in downtown Northampton.

Here’s more on the event.

Dear friends and supporters of Safe Passage:

Our planning committee is hard at work organizing the biggest and best Hot Chocolate Run ever.  We hope you’ll visit this site often to learn all about the event.

The Hot Chocolate Run raises funds for Safe Passage, the Hampshire County organization providing shelter, counseling, and advocacy services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence.   This event is Safe Passage’s largest fundraising event.  We are so fortunate to have the support of thousands of participants and dozens of business sponsors and donors.

This year’s event will be held on Sunday, December 5. The event has always been on the first Saturday in December.  As the event has grown bigger, it’s been difficult to accommodate the level of traffic our event brings into downtown Northampton on a busy Saturday morning.  We’re trying Sunday this year in the hopes that the event will run more smoothly for our participants and anyone else who needs to access downtown during the event.

Registration is limited to 5,000 people this year.  We encourage you to register early to ensure that you can participate.  Day-of registration may not be available this year.

After you’ve registered, you can get more involved in helping Safe Passage through your participation in the Hot Chocolate Run. Click here to get started!

See you on December 5!  And thanks for your support of Safe Passage.

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