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What is Oregon’s Ugliest Sweater Run?

A 5K Run / Walk to get you in that Christmas spirit.  Go get your UGLY sweaters now and come help us make Oregon UGLY!  The uglier the sweater, the better!
Oregon’s Ugliest Sweater Run will have hundreds of Holiday fanatics during the happiest time of year, all decked out in their ugliest Christmas sweaters and attire.
Expect to leave this 5K ready to spread your Christmas cheer to others!  No matter what your age, you will leave this 5K feeling like a kid again!

When is Oregon’s Ugliest Sweater Run?

Sunday, December 7th.  Start line is at Alton Baker Park (100 Day Island Rd, Eugene, OR 97401) .  Finish line is at 5th St. Public Market.  The first heat goes off at 11:00am with each additional heat every 10 minutes.

Registration Prices:

*12/16/13 – 07/31/14: Early Elf $29

*08/01/14 – 10/31/14: On Time Elf $39

*11/01/14 – 12/07/14: Late Elf $49

*Day of Registration (If Available)

*Kids ages 5-14: $15

*Kids 5 and under and strollers:  Free

**OUSR T-SHIRT Available for $15

**Buy 1, Get 1 HALF Off Option Available (Excludes Kid Entry)

**Buy 2, Get 1 FREE Option Available (Excludes Kid Entry)

Will it be timed?

This is a fun run/walk and will not be timed.  After all….you can only take UGLY sweaters so serious.  This 5K will start at Alton Baker Park and finish at 5th Street Public Market.
Late registration and warm up begins at 8a.m on Sunday, December 7th.
Heats:  First Heat Starts at 11:00a.m and has a cap of 250 participants per heat.  Heats go off every 10 minutes.
Expect the UGLY to go on rain, snow or shine.

What to expect:

Do you remember the lyrics from the 12 Days of Christmas?  This course will have 12 stations, each representing one of the 12 Days of Christmas.  There will be plenty of photo opportunities throughout this festive run!  From the moment you step on the course, you will feel that overwhelming sense of Holiday cheer.

Michael Buble and Maria Carey unfortunately won’t be there singing Christmas songs, but we will have a DJ rocking your favorite Christmas music and carolers at the finish line.

Furry Friends:

This year we are allowing your beloved furry friends to come get UGLY with you!  Bring your dogs to come experience the jolliest and the UGLIEST 5K in Oregon!  We will have special treats (post-race dog snacks) at the finish line for your pets.  There will also be a trophy and prize for the best pet UGLY sweater!  Please make sure your pet is on a leash and please make sure to pick up any mess your pet might make.  You are responsible for your pet during Oregon’s Ugliest Sweater Run (see waiver).

Activities during the post-race Christmas party hosted by 5th Street Public Market:

*Oregon’s Ugliest Sweater Contest—Dog Edition at 12:15pm-12:30pm:  We can’t give all the glory to the humans!  Bring your furry kids and deck them out in the UGLIEST of UGLY Christmas Sweaters.  First place will take home a $100 gift certificate to PetCo!

*Celebrity Eggnog Chugging Contest at 12:15pm-12:30pm:  That’s right, you heard us…only the willing can participate.  Line up and have a seat at the table.  You will be cheered on by the crowd as you chug one of the season’s favorite delicious beverages.  The winner will of course get a trophy and a gallon of eggnog to take home for their efforts.

*Fruitcake Eating Contest at 12:30pm-12:45pm:  We will pick 10 LUCKY participants from the crowd to join us on stage.  You know that everyone loves fruitcake (wink wink) and you could be the lucky one to see how fast you can eat one.  The winner will get a trophy, a fruitcake to take home for the holidays and a $20 Starbucks card to wash it all down with.

*UGLY Sweater Contest at 12:45pm-1:00pm:  Only the elite and UGLIEST sweaters will make it on stage!  Our panel of judges will pick their top 3 participants from those on stage and those 3 will then be judged by the crowd’s applause.  1st place will receive a trophy and a $100 Harry Ritchie’s gift card.  2nd place will receive  a $50 Harry Ritchie’s gift card.  3rd place will receive a $25 Harry Ritchie’s gift card.

*Trophy for best team name!

*Trophy for largest team!

*Pictures with Santa Claus (Open-air photo booth provided by Blue Bus Creatives: http://www.bluebuscreatives.com/ )!!!  Santa!!! I know him!!! Come get your pictures with the one and only S.C.  The young and the old-er are welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what you would like for Christmas.  It is almost that time of year, so start being good.

*Pictures with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (Open-air photo booth provided by Blue Bus Creatives:  http://www.bluebuscreatives.com/ )!

The Course:

Imagine hundreds of runners and walkers decked out in their favorite UGLY sweaters ready to start this festive 5K.  Rocking out to your favorite Holiday music, start the fun as fast or as slow as you want.   The entire course will be decorated with Christmas lights, garland, tinsel and other surprises.  Stop by any of the 12 Days of Christmas to take your photo with friends and family:

Station #1:  12 Drummers Drumming

Station #2:  11 Pipers Piping

Station #3:  10 Lords a Leaping

Station #4:  9 Ladies Dancing

Station #5:  8 Maids a Milking

Station #6:  7 Swans a Swimming

Station #7:  6 Geese a Laying

Station #8:  5 Golden Rings

Station #9:  4 Calling Birds

Station #10:  3 French Hens

Station #11:  2 Turtle Doves

Station #12:  Partridge in a Pear Tree

Finish Line:  We have to keep Santa’s secret on this one.  Register and find out what’s in store!

What you get with your registration:

*Christmas Cheer

*UGLY race bib to match your UGLY sweater

*One free hot chocolate or hot cider or coffee at the finish line

*Photo opportunities along the course and with Santa Claus at the finish line

*Chance to participate in and break a Guinness Book World Record for, “Largest Gathering of People Wearing Ugly Christmas Sweaters”

Parking at EWEB (500 E 4th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401):

Parking is $5 per car (please bring exact change) OR 5 cans of non-perishable food (Food for Lane County) AND/OR an unwrapped toy (Toys for Tots and Foster and Adoptive Parent Association of Lane County) .  Volunteers will be collecting these items at the entrance to the parking lot, so please have ready on hand.  Please car-pool as spots are limited.  All parking will be donated to our three charities.

Packet Pick-up:

Packet Pick-up will be at Sports Authority at the Valley River Center Mall on Thursday, December 4th from 12:00pm-7:00pm and Sunday, December 7th from 8:00am-10:00am at Alton Baker Park.  If for whatever reason you are not able to pick up your packet on Thursday, you may have a friend/family member pick up your packet and bib for you.

**For questions please email:  oregonsugliestsweaterrun@gmail.com or call:  503-593-6276

**Last day to register on-line will be Saturday, December 6th at 11:59pm.  Registration will be limited the day of and will be from 8:00am-10:00am.

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