Rummage up the Ugliest Sweaters you can find and celebrate the holidays by participating in the best 5k of the year. Join thousands of runners and walkers from around the nation at The Ugly Sweater Run™! If you want to wear spandex under your sweater and race fast, that’s cool, but you’re missing the point. If you’ve never run a 5k before, this is a great way to burn some calories before slamming hot chocolate and Sam Adam’s Winter Lager. All you have to do is register online to join in the fun. All kids 8 and under are free, so don’t worry about registering them online!

The run is approximately 3.1 miles long on city streets and parks. The start line will have huge inflatables, reindeer games, and awesome holiday music. Once you’re on the course, you’ll find holiday themed stations every mile. You can ditch that Gatorade because you’ll be able to replenish those electrolytes at the good ol’ fashioned hot chocolate station on the course.

After you’ve completed your 3.1 jog (sounds like yawg, it’s a new thing that people are doing now, yawgging), join us at the post run festivities. This holiday 5k has everything your five-year old self would want with a few perks of adulthood. So after the race, take a much-deserved break from the shopping frenzy and celebrate your run with free Sam Adams Winter Lager and other holiday goodies. Awards for best real mustache, best fake mustache, best beard, worst sweater, best sweater will follow the race.

We ask that every participant brings a new toy to donate under our huge Christmas Tree (yes, we just said Christmas Tree). All toys will be donated following the run to the local Toys For Tots chapter in each city.
Course Description

The Ugly Sweater Run - Grand Rapids will take place at Calder Plaza.


Each Ugly Sweater runner receives a custom vintage knit hat, unlimited hot chocolate, two free Winter Lagers (if you’re of age of course!) and a mustache – yes a mustache. If you can’t grow one, we’ll give you one. A closed course full of Hot Chocolate aide stations, snow blowers, Clark Griswold’s front yard, and the biggest Santa inflatable around will await you. Make sure to enter the ugly sweater contests to win great prizes. What are you waiting for? Register now!

Racing Strategy

Friends. Beer. Ugly Sweater. Average Holiday Music. Dogs. And, oh yea, Running.

Spectator Tips
Miscellaneous Info

Dogs and strollers are ALWAYS welcome.


Kids 8 and under are FREE!


We also recommend bringing a new toy to place under our Christmas Tree (yes, we said Christmas Tree. We don’t know where to buy a neutral Holiday Tree).


You must bring your ID and be of age to consume adult beverages.


That’s it for the rules section.

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