Race Recap: 2015 Ugly Holiday Sweater Run

The Ugly Holiday Sweater Run is a sure way to fire up your Christmas spirit and enjoy a fun 5K. Last year when I ran this race, I wore an ugly Christmas sweater vest. The rainy weather made for a very wet and somewhat heavy sweater by the end of the run. With that in mind, this year I found an ugly Christmas sweater t-shirt in preparation for this festive 5K. As I am not a costume-wearing runner, I appreciated the t-shirt for the comfort and ease of running.

Ready to run in our ugly, but festive, sweaters/shirts.

Surprisingly, after the last few weeks of torrential rain, Saturday was a rain-free morning! We gathered indoors at Road Runner Sports in Tualatin, staying warm pre-run. It was fun observing the variety of ugly sweaters, pants, hats, etc. that arrived. Many outfits were quite creative, with festive and ugly being the themes of the day. In order to judge all of the outfits while they were still fresh and intact, the ugly sweater contest was held before the race. Those who wished to enter the contest gathered up front and were judged based on the volume of cheers they received and the judges’ discretion. Most of the kids that entered the contest ended up with a trophy for their efforts – although, they all just looked cute. The ridiculously large trophies were reserved for the truly ugly sweaters among us.

Runners gather for the ugly sweater contest at the 2015 Ugly Holiday Sweater Run.


A couple of the winners at the 2015 ugly sweater contest with the giant trophy!

Once the trophies were awarded we went outside in front of Road Runner Sports and were led on a new course for this year’s 5K, as the usual course had some flooding issues. The new course included a good uphill climb. However, at the turn-around we were then rewarded with a wonderful downhill. Although the route wasn’t quite as scenic as last year, I appreciated the change to an out and back course for this event, as it allowed me to see all the ugly sweaters as we passed the runners and walkers going the opposite direction. I was also quite happy that we lucked out with a dry day.

The race was untimed, so there was no official finish line or clock, we just returned to Road Runner Sports. Afterwards there were tons of bagels and other snacks to enjoy. There were some great raffle prizes, too. But, most importantly, this event raised over $900 and various donated items for both Ladybug CDH Foundation and Reason to Run. In addition to these donations, Road Runner Sports was donating 7% of any purchases made that morning to these charities.

Once again, I enjoyed this festive, holiday-themed run. Even though it is a free event, it is still well-organized and lots of fun. The fact that I can help out with two great causes makes it even better. I would highly recommend this fun run for your whole family. It is a great way to get a run in, enjoy the holiday spirit of giving, and it’s a good excuse to don your ugly holiday sweaters.

About Annette Vaughan (493 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is a certified personal trainer, who believes in promoting movement since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.
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