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

Hot COCO 2022

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Norton School
414 North Brooksvale Road
Cheshire, CT 06410

8:30 a.m. packet pickup.

Registration Now Open:

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.

High School Student Volunteers:

High School Students who wish to volunteer for credit please sign up on our Google Doc. CLICK HERE.

Run or Walk for a Great Cause!

Please consider joining us in this fun event. We rely upon our racers, sponsors and fundraising to support our programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The individuals we serve are wonderful people who find themselves in difficult situations through no fault of their own. They deal with challenges most of us can only imagine. Your support is needed to help us rebuild our program post COVID-19. We promise a wonderful event!

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 this year’s supporters.

Hot COCO 5K runners

We Need Your Support More Than Ever This Year!

individual working while wearing covid mask

Emerging from COVID-19, we are working to rebuild and expand our programs. We are securing new worksites. We are expanding in-house work opportunities for individuals who cannot travel outside of AWB. And we continue to offer virtual services and wellness calls and Zoom sessions for our individuals who are staying “safe at home.”

We are doing all we can to support our individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Abilities Without Boundaries helps people achieve independence, self-sufficiency, community participation and personal satisfaction through employment and day support services.

Abilities Without Boundaries indoor basketball

While the bulk of our finding comes from the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS), we rely heavily on our donors and sponsors to provide extra amenities and opportunities. Our indoor basketball game is hugely popular, as is our player piano. They create opportunities for socialization, learning appropriate behavior, and hand-eye coordination.

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. You can build teams, enjoy some friendly competition and more! 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
  • 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 2023 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.

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 .

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

Halmar International logo, Hot COCO sponsor

Thank you Halmar International for your Hot Chocolate level sponsorship.

Thank you Barter Network for your Hot Chocolate level sponsorship.

Gaylord Physical Therapy logo, Hot COCO Sponsor

Thanks to Gaylord Physical Therapy 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.