Kick off your race season with a little spice!

The 32nd Annual Chili Bowl Classic 5K takes place this Saturday Feb 23 beginning on Chester Avenue just past E. 18th and finishing on Chester Avenue in front of the Hofbrauhaus (1550 Chester Avenue Cleveland).

Get your 5K run in downtown Cleveland, then come inside the Hofbrauhaus and warm up by sampling delicious chili made by Cleveland’s Finest Firefighters and Police Officers.

You can register for a Runner’s Package for just $35, which includes a Long-sleeve unisex CHILI BOWL Race shirt, a 15 oz. Chili/soup mug, B-tag Timing Results, age group awards, live music, post-race refreshments including the tasty chili. Additional food and drink specials will be available for purchase from the Hofbrauhaus, as well.

Not feeling like a 5K run, but still want to join in on the fun? Spectator Packages are also available for $10. The Spectator Package doesn’t include the race or a t-shirt, but you can still receive a commemorative Chili Mug (while supplies last) and enjoy the party!

The Chili Bowl Classic benefits Cops for Kids and the MetroHealth Burn Unit.

For more information and for registration information, please visit

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