Hot COCO race logo, 5K, Kids Fun Run, 1-Mile Walk

Hot COCO 2021

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Back in Person This Year!
With a Virtual Option.

Norton School
414 North Brooksvale Road
Cheshire, CT 06410

8:30 a.m. packet pickup.

You can REGISTER on the website of our race organizer JB Sports.

Enjoy the gorgeous Farmington Canal Line and stately homes. Tune up for your Turkey Trot. Run for fun before winter comes.

If you wish, you can use our Virtual Option. Run, walk or run with your kids. anytime NOW through Saturday, November 28. Record your time, if you wish, and email Jody at JB Sports. She’ll add it to the database. All miles count! If you feel more comfortable, feel free to run/walk inside on your treadmill.

Run or Walk for a Great Cause!

Please consider joining us in this fun event. COVID-19 knocked out our opportunity to fundraise. Our annual Comedy Show and Wine Tasting were cancelled. Our Music Matters performance events are virtual only. This Hot COCO is it for this year.

Donations are appreciated in any amount . . . especially in these difficult times.

Sponsorship opportunities are on this page. We are depending upon our local businesses for their support again this year. Here’s the list of last year’s supporters.

Hot COCO 5K runners

We Need Your Support More Than Ever This Year!

individual working while wearing covid mask

Meanwhile, our financial needs have increased. When COVID-19 hit, we quickly pivoted creating AWB Online©, a daily Zoom class for our individuals who are staying “safe at home.” We now offer classes from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. But our technology investment is substantial and we need still more. We need staff and training.

We are doing all we can to support our individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Some of them understand what’s going on with the virus. Others cannot. Some can wear masks and social distance. Some cannot.

Imagine living through this in a group home with a half-dozen individuals with a single iPad among them. Imagine being stuck at home without really understanding why. One of our individuals said she, “couldn’t wait to come back and start shredding again.” (Our white paper shredding and recycling program offers the only employment opportunity for some of our individuals.)

Our expenses are higher due to COVID-19. We are taking extraordinary sanitation efforts to help protect the individuals in our care and our employees. We disinfect daily. We installed plexiglass shields in our transport vans. You can read more about our extra efforts here: COVID RESPONSE.

Earn a Free Registration by Fundraising for Our Hot COCO

Those who raise $100 or more earn a complimentary Hot COCO entry! Create a fundraising page during online registration or later. All the tools are at JB Sports.

Donations are appreciated in any amount . . . especially in these difficult times.

Race Safety

We are committed to the safety of all our Hot COCO participants: racers, families, exhibitors, volunteers and more. We will follow all state and local guidelines regarding COVID-19. Precautions include:

  • We strongly urge all participants to get vaccinated
  • ALL participants, runners, spectators, vendors, and volunteers are required to wear masks while at Norton School when not running, eating, or drinking
  • Touchless on-site registration
  • Hand sanitizer stations located around the school and in all portable toilets
  • If you are sick or have flu-like symptoms, please stay home! Participants have until 7:00am on race morning to defer to our 2022 race if they are feeling ill or uncomfortable joining us at our live event

Pre-Race Fitness

One of our race sponsors offers this special stretching video to help you prepare for the race. Gaylord Physical Therapy would like to wish all racers the best of luck. Whether running in person or virtual, take a few minutes to learn about some great pre-race stretching exercises from two of Gaylord’s experienced physical therapists.You can review it here or directly on YouTube at this LINK.

Sponsor Hot COCO!

If you have a company or know of one who can sponsor our Hot COCO, please click on this SPONSORSHIP LINK. Each year we receive wonderful support from Sponsors Like These from last year’s Hot COCO.

Hot COCO title sponsor logo for Ouellette, Deganis, Gallagher & Grippe, Attorneys at Law

Many thanks to our title sponsor, who is supporting us again this year, Ouellette, Deganis, Gallagher & Grippe Attorneys at Law.

Thank you Richard Chevrolet for your Hot Chocolate level sponsorship!

Thanks to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare for their sponsorship. They prepared a special YouTube video to help you stretch and prepare for the HOT COCO!

Gaylord Physical Therapy would like to wish all racers the best of luck. Whether running in person or virtual, take a few minutes to learn about some great pre-race stretching exercises from two of Gaylord’s experienced physical therapists. Please watch a 3 minute dynamic warm up video available below or at this YouTube link.