It’s too late to register for Isaac Dickson’s Hot Chocolate 10K, but it’s never too late to watch kids scramble up a 1K hill. The full race boasts itself as Asheville’s flattest 10K, but the Kids Hill Climb is undeniably steep.
The fun starts at 8:30 a.m. when kids under 12 sprint up Hill St. After racing up the incline, kids will loop around the playground and end up in the Isaac Dickson parking lot. That’s when the adults will take their mark. The pack will depart at 9 a.m. from the school’s upper parking lot. Of course, hot chocolate will follow.
The race is more than just a good time. It also benefits the school’s Parent Teacher Organization. The group assists with field trips, provides artists-in-residence programs and offers emergency support to families in need.
“This was my first 10K and it could not have been a better one. I am now hooked on racing and want to come back next year to beat this year’s time!” proclaims a novice runner on the event’s website.
Registration for the Kids Hill Climb is open the day of the race for $12 per participant. 10K registration is closed (1,250 people have signed up) but it’s free to cheer on the runners.