The Distance Mamas running group from Ahwatukee ran for chocolate on Dec. 8 in Scottsdale at the second annual Hot Chocolate 5K/15K. The race features hot chocolate, fondue and various items to dip into the fondue at the end of the race. They did well, both among the 2,650 women and overall, among the more than 3,400 finishers. Linda Dynes (24th) paved the way, laying down a searing pace of 7:39 per mile to win top honors in the W50 category in 23:44. Teammate Carol Jean Kennedy (146th) captured the W65 group gold with 27:19. The duo earned All-American status for road racing, crushing the age group qualifying standards of 26:17 and 32:32, respectively.
Other finishers from the group were Charlotte Kaiden (27:11), Yvette Hermanski (28:43), Kathi Sturdivant (29:25), Kristin Halsted (29:42) and Tammy Bender (33:18), all finishing ahead of thousands of runners.
The Distance Mamas, led by Coach Flash Santoro, meet Tuesday and Friday mornings at 6 a.m. at Desert Foothills Park.