Saturday, October 17, 2015
Where: Lee Park
The 9th Annual Chocolate Festival & Chocolate Chase, set for Lee Park in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday, Oct. 17, will once again support a number of local non-profits and church outreach ministries, including the PACEM shelter ministry, the Appalachia Service Project, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, IMPACT, Boy Scouts, several churches, and building projects in Haiti, among others.
The Chocolate Festival is free to the public and will be open from 9am to 2pm in the park. It will include a silent auction, children’s activities, a cupcake “throw down,” games for all ages, a book sale, musical entertainment, and of course chocolate vendors with decadent treats for purchase. Breakfast will be available in Lee Park starting at 8:30.am.
This year’s 5K Chocolate Chase Run & Walk will begin at 8:15am at the park’s edge. Runners can register online at www.cvillefirstunitedmethodist.org or register on the day of the race at First United Methodist Church (UMC), 101 E. Jefferson Street, from 7 to 8am. Individuals may register for $25, and groups can register for $100. Registration forms are also available at Ragged Mountain Running Shop, 3 Elliewood Ave., Charlottesville.
A 2nd Annual Kids4Kids Dash quarter mile run will begin directly after the Chocolate Chase at 9am in the First UMC parking lot. Children ages 3-12 are welcome to participate. All proceeds will go to support Books on Bikes, a local non-profit that delivers books to underprivileged children in downtown Charlottesville. The cost is $15 per child and include a race prize.
More information is available about the Chocolate Festival and Chase on the website of First United Methodist Church, the event sponsor (www.cvillefirstunitedmethodist.org). You may also call the church office at (434) 296-6193.