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The 5K Hot Chocolate Dash is a unique opportunity to participate in a winter run for charity with a delicious reward at the end. Participants also receive a Hot Chocolate Dash knitted cap. (Photo courtesy of A Child's Hope Foundation.)
The 5K Hot Chocolate Dash is a unique opportunity to participate in a winter run for charity with a delicious reward at the end. Participants also receive a Hot Chocolate Dash knitted cap. (Photo courtesy of A Child’s Hope Foundation)

This year’s 5K Hot Chocolate Dash will not only provide the chance to send off the recent holiday weight gain, but provide a chance to have some gourmet hot chocolate while making a difference in a child’s life.

“We wanted to do a race where all the profits can go to (A Child’s Hope),” said event manager Michelle Capunay. “We are giving all our profits (from this race) to the charity.”

The Hot Chocolate Dash is a 5K run with hot chocolate provided at the finish line. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to A Child’s Hope Foundation, and donations will be used to start the newest adoption orphanage under construction in Buena Vista, Mexico.

A Child’s Hope Foundation is a Utah-based nonprofit organization that oversees construction of adoption orphanages in underdeveloped countries.

“Our CFO, his parents adopted a little girl about 20 years ago, and that’s when they realized there was this need for a better way to adopt and to improve orphanages,” Capunay said.

A Child’s Hope Foundation aims to make the adoption process more efficient and effective, and in the in-between time, the organization provides children with a home, food and an education.

“The charity is actually based out of Orem, so that’s why we wanted to have the race here in Utah County,” Capunay said.

For any who may be interested, registration is still open. BYU sophomore Kaylee Jones, 18, plans to attend this year’s dash.

“Kids from Provo are always looking for some way to get something new, to help out,” Jones said. “I think this will be fun.”

The Hot Chocolate Dash will take place at the Riverwoods in Provo on Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 the day of. Children under 10 run free. All proceeds go to A Child’s Hope Foundation.

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