On Saturday, November 16, runners and walkers came out to Solider Field in their ugliest holiday sweaters for the original Ugly Sweater Run sponsored by Toys for Tots, Samuel Adams, Skedouche, Sports Authority, and StacheTATS. Racers were greeted at the registry tents with race bibs, beer tickets, ugly sweater knitted hats, and temporary mustache tattoos before wandering around the winter wonderland event. Each runner was encouraged to bring a new toy to donate and put under the large inflatable Christmas tree. All toys were donated to Chicago’s Toys For Tots.
The 5k run consisted of holiday music, inflated Christmas decorations, and unlimited hot chocolate at the half way mark. Once participants completed the race, dancing in their ugly sweater attire was encouraged and runners (21+) were given two free Winter Lagers, Boston Lagers, or Angry Orchard hard ciders. Chicago’s Cheesies truck was also in attendance to serve the most unique and delicious grilled cheese sandwiches in the Chicagoland area to all of the ugly sweater participants who worked up an appetite after their long run.
Second year ugly sweater runner Katie Dillenburg from Lemont, IL said: “The Ugly Sweater Run is hands down my favorite race to participate in. It is always a great way to start out my holiday. I think it is wonderful that I can have fun and give back to an amazing charity like Toys for Tots.”
Be sure to keep a look out for the Ugliest 5k on the planet next year if you missed this year’s festivities. People of all ages are welcome to get in on the wacky holiday fun. Dogs too! This is a great excuse to flaunt some hideous holiday attire while having great time with friends and family and being able to give back to a fantastic charity.