The Ugly Sweater Run Race Recap

Sometimes you just have to have a fun run.  So this week Living Social had a deal on The Ugly Sweater 5K for $22 bucks.  So why not dress in your favourite ugly sweater, and have a little fun while getting outdoors with a friend or two?  Also, while it may be a little early, Christmas is really just around the corner.  So before, I start shopping for gifts, I might as well get my legs in shape for walking the malls.  😉

This morning, we headed up to Downsview Park to participate in The Ugly Sweater Run. This run is a 5k out and back course, and a non-timed event.

Upon arriving, we had to pick up our race kit which included a hat, bib (with two beers on it as drink tickets) and a tattoo moustache.  We opted not to wear the moustache but enjoyed the hat with the groovy primary colours.  Plus it kept us warm. 🙂

Here we are prior to the start of the race donning our ‘Ugly Sweaters’.  Don’t we look stylish!

Pre Race - Ugly Sweater Run

Pre Race – Ugly Sweater Run

The weather was fantastic today with a bit of sun and around 8 degrees celsius. Perfect running weather.

I don’t really have much to report on the race itself, it’s a 5K after all. Downsview is pretty much an open park area; a relatively flat course, with a few gradual inclines along the way. There was a point at around the 3.5k mark where one could climb a hill to take a few scenic pictures, but this was not mandatory for participants. Most just walked around the hill and stayed on the paved path. There was a hot chocolate station and a picture op at one point with big blow up reindeers. Participants were also allowed to take their dogs on the course as well. Some even gave their pup an ugly sweater. Woof-Woof!

Here’s some of our highlights in pictures….

Start of the Race

Start of the Race

Holy Reindeer!

Holy Reindeer!

Hot Chocolate Station - Yum!

Hot Chocolate Station – Yum!

I loved these ladies.  Them there's some ugly sweaters!

I loved these ladies. Them there’s some ugly sweaters!

BEER!

BEER!

Ahhh...we're melting!  Actually no, no runners fell into any fires!  However the wind almost blew this on top of me!

Ahhh…we’re melting! Actually no, no runners fell into any fires! However the wind almost blew this on top of me!

Again, it was a fun run but I would be amiss if I didn’t mention that it was short by 600 metres from it’s 5K mark.  My Garmin was shut off at the finish (yes, I did remember this time to push the button-winning!) at the 4.44k mark.  All in all though, we did have a good time.  These fun runs in the midst of training for Dopey, help to keep me a little sane when I’m usually attached to my training plan and the seriousness that goes with it.

Happy Running!

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5 thoughts on “The Ugly Sweater Run Race Recap

    • Ahhh…sorry to hear about your blizzard Tina. Yes, we had a good day today in terms of weather. It’s up and down around these parts, so at this point in the year, one is never sure what to expect. Glad you enjoyed the pics.

  1. This looks totally fun! I know what you mean about races keeping you sane during training. Sometimes you just need a lot of bodies around you, moving in the same direction to keep you going.

  2. That looks like a blast! Ugly holiday sweaters are such a thing this year – we couldn’t find anything good, but have enough ugly accessories to have fun with it! The only one that qualifies is one I bought my wife nearly 25 years ago, well before it was ironic 😉

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