Events and price: **Untimed** 5k $30-40
Location: Oregon Convention Center; Portland, OR
Number of runners: Unknown
Beneficiary: Save the Children (donation is optional during registration)
Swag: Each Ugly Sweater runner receives a custom vintage knit hat, unlimited hot chocolate, and one alcoholic beverage (Sam Adams Winter or Boston Lager; or Angry Orchard Hard Cider). Prizes will be awarded for best real mustache, best fake mustache, best beard, worst sweater, best sweater following the race.
Course: "A closed course full of Hot Chocolate aide stations, snow blowers, and the biggest Santa inflatable around will await you." Course map here. It will be along the Portland waterfront, and crosses over two bridges.
We're in love with the holiday version of a 5K, and look to create a great experience that folks will want to make a yearly holiday tradition. It's very family friendly! We have a large population of kids and families in attendance. In fact, kids under 5 can run for free. We choose the "Ugly Sweater" format because it really gives people a chance to break out their inner sense of humor and creativity.
Last year, I ran the Ugly Sweater Run 5k - Portland last year immediately after running the Mustache Dache 5k, so I was wearing a painted on mustache AND an ugly sweater (ok, faux sweater. YAY for tech shirts with ugly sweater print)!
Pat and I showed up late, but since it was an untimed fun run/walk, we didn't mind--we just wanted to catch up to the group! There were tons of people, of all speeds, and people were SO FRIENDLY and so many waved and said hello as Pat and I worked our way towards the crowd. It was just a feel good time, and it's an especially good event for those looking to start doing running/walking events, but are anxious about doing a timed event. There were lots and lots of great photo ops too. While I will not be attending this year's Ugly Sweater Run (since I will be at the Hot Buttered Run!), I'm sending my honorary Lipgloss+Spandex blogging delegates, Chris and Joy! Be on the lookout for a race recap from these lovely ladies :)
Want to win free entries for you and a friend to the Ugly Sweater Run in Portland? Check out my giveaway on Facebook! Contest ends 11/26/14 at 5pm.