Hot Chocolate Run draws thousands: Run raised money for Ronald McDonald House

SAN DIEGO - More than 13,000 people took over the streets of downtown San Diego on Sunday for the Hot Chocolate Run, which raised money for the Ronald McDonald House.

As each participant crossed the finish line, it meant more help for the families of sick children.

Proceeds from the Hot Chocolate Run will go to the Ronald McDonald House, which gives families who have children in the hospital a home away from home. The organization puts them in a hotel just five minutes away from the hospital.

Each year, the Ronald McDonald House helps about 20,000 families by giving them a place where they can relax and unwind but be close enough to see their children at a moment's notice.

That was Kelly Carpenter's life for 15 years. She relied on the Ronald McDonald House while her son Adam was in the hospital. Though her son has since passed away, she did the run in the honor of him and to raise awareness about the foundation.

"If it wasn't for the Ronald McDonald House, we would not have a place to shower or to take care of our younger kids," she told 10News. "You can do something normal within the environment that's so not normal."

That is a cause that other runners say they are glad to support.

Steve Ginsburg, the organizer of the race says they added an extra treat at the end of the race: hot chocolate and fondue.

"People love it," he said.

Sunday's race is the last of the nationwide effort to raise $1 million for the Ronald McDonald House.

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