Cupid’s Chocolate Chase 5k & Mocha Mile

Chocolate + running; what’s not to love? I may be a bit biased here because those are two of my very favorite things, but there’s something for everyone to love at the inaugural Cupid’s Chocolate Chase 5k on February 13th.

Race Directors Mike Else and Ryan Walters have teamed up with several local businesses to put on this pre-Valentine’s Day event in downtown Fort Wayne. The race will feature a 5k distance as well as a 1-mile option. And even if running or walking isn’t your bag, the extra goodies provided should be enough to entice anyone into participating.

“All participants will receive chocolate treats from DeBrand Fine Chocolates, a cookie from Ellison Bakery, hot chocolate from the Mocha Lounge and chocolate dipping treats from Fort Wayne Chocolate Fountain and those 21+ will also receive a beer from Summit City Brewerks.  For an additional cost we will have beer, wine, as well as wine slushies from Two EE’s Winery,” Else said.

Sound too good to be true? Well it gets better. All proceeds from the race will benefit the ALS Association of Indiana. A representative from the Indiana Chapter of the ALS Association will be on hand race day to accept the donation.

Sadly, co-race director Ryan Walters lost his father to ALS. This was the driving motivation behind the creation of the race.

“I had the idea to put on a fun themed type of race that would be something different,” Else mentioned.

The start and finish of the race will be directly outside of Parkview Field and the course will be along the city streets just south of the stadium. Maps of both courses are available on the race website.

There will be a post-race party at Parkview Field with food, drinks, live music, and a raffle with lots of cool prizes. All proceeds will benefit the ALS Association of Indiana.

“It’s our first year for the race and we would like to thank all our great sponsors and look forward to making this a yearly event in downtown Fort Wayne!” Else added.

Online registration is open until February 11th or until all of the 800 spots are still open. Currently, there are less than 200 spots left, so make sure to register right away if you want to be a part of this amazing event! Head over to to secure your spot! If there are still spots available, there will be registration available at packet pickup on Friday, February 12th from 4 pm til 7 pm at DeBrand as well as race morning from 7:30 til 8:30 am.

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Lynn Altevogt

Author: Lynn Altevogt

Writer. Reader. Runner. Coach. Three Rivers Running Company Marketing Coordinator. I speak mostly in television and movie references.

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