This is the OG.  The Original.  The Ugly Sweater Run™ is hitting Shelby Farms Park on December 21st at 3:00pm.


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 a local Ugly Sweater Run near you. If you’ve never run a 5k before, this is a great way to burn some calories before receiving hot chocolate and a choice of Sam Adam’s Winter Lager, Boston Lager, or Angry Orchard Hard Cider.  All you have to do is register online to join in the fun.

The run is approximately 3.1 miles long on city streets and through parks depending on the city. The start line will have huge inflatables, photo stations, and awesome holiday music. Once you’re on the course, you’ll find holiday themed stations at 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 run, 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 one  Sam Adams beer  and other holiday goodies. Awards for best real mustache, best fake mustache, best beard, worst sweater, best sweater will follow the race.

The Ugly Sweater Run benefits Save The Children, a child advocacy nonprofit that gives children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. You can donate to this amazing organization when you register!


Ummm…we recommend wearing an Ugly Sweater and show up ready to party with your friends at the coolest run in the country. 

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

That’s it for the rule section.

*The Ugly Sweater Run™ Pricing & Deadlines*

Solo Runner/Walker

  • $30 Early Registration
  • $35 starting Nov. 22, 2014
  • $40 day of registration, if available

4+ Person Ugly Sweater Teams

  • $25 per person Early Registration
  • $30 per person starting Nov. 22, 2014
  • $35 per person day of registration, if available


If you want to volunteer, please email volunteers@theuglysweaterrun.com for more details.  We’ll give you free drinks (adult drinks if you’re of age), a Santa hat, and the best time volunteering ever.


Yes.  It does.  Each Ugly Sweater runner receives a custom vintage knit hat, unlimited hot chocolate, and one  Winter Lager, Boston Lager, or Angry Orchard hard cider (if you’re of age of course!). A closed course full of Hot Chocolate aide stations, snow blowers, 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!

Packet Pick Up Information . . .

December 20th, 2014

Location: Sports Authority

Address: 5895 Poplar Ave. Memphis TN

Time: TBD


Race Day

Location: Shelby Farms Park

Address: 500 N. Pine Lake Dr. Memphis TN

Time: 1pm-3pm

There will be a limited amount of packets on race day, so please arrive early. We encourage all participants to pick up their packets the day before the race.

Map coming soon . . .

What types of beer can I drink?

We all know rehydrating is the most important part of any race. That’s why we offer some of the best post-race beverages out there. Nothing replenishes the electrolytes quite like Sam Adams Winter or Boston Lager; both available at the finish line. We’ll also be serving Angry Orchard hard apple cider for the non-beer drinkers out there.

Is beer for sale?

Unfortunately, we will not be selling beers on-site; you’ll receive one beer with every 21+ registration and cannot buy additional beer. 

Can kids participate?

All kids 5 and under are FREE. If they would like a hat, you can purchase a kids ticket during checkout for $10.

Can I push a stroller?

Depends. Have you been eating your Wheaties? Strollers are allowed during the run. We recommend decking your stroller out in something ugly as well.

Can dogs participate?

We would love to have your 4-legged friends at The Ugly Sweater Run! Just remember that it is your responsibility to pick up after them.

Are there refunds?

Unfortunately, there is a NO refund policy.

How do I transfer my registration to another person?

To change your registration, feel free to contact us or follow these instructions!

If I can’t make it to packet pickup can someone else pick up my packet for me?

Yes, just make sure they have a copy of your event ticket when you registered.

Does this race benefit a charity?

Yes! We’re working with Save the Children to bring holiday cheer to as many underprivileged children as possible. Save the Children is a child advocacy nonprofit that gives children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. You can donate to this amazing organization when you register!

Is this a timed event?

No. If you want to wear spandex under your sweater and race fast, that’s cool, but you’re missing the point. This is a fun-run to burn some calories before slamming some Hot Chocolate and Sam Adams.

How do you feel about walkers?

We love walkers. Feel free to walk, jog, skip, or dance through the 3.1 miles. We just ask that you be aware of runners, please!

What do I get with my registration fee?

With your registration you’ll receive:

  • One Sam Adams beer (age permitting)
  • Ugly Sweater Run Knit Hat
  • 3.1 miles of holiday fun

Can I register the day of the event?

Our races only have limited space available. If registration is NOT sold out, we will have day of event registration. But to be sure you should probably sign up now!

I left something behind, is there a lost and found?

Yes. We will have a lost and found during the event at the registration tents. If you’ve lost something after the race feel free to email Ugly@humanmovement.me and we’ll do our best to track it down.

I can’t run, can I still get my packet?

Yes, but you’ll be missing out on the greatest holiday race around! You will have to pick up your packet at Packet Pick up the day before, or on race day if you cannot participate.

I have a friend who would like to volunteer, can he help?

Absolutely! We love volunteers and can always use them. Have them email volunteers@theuglysweaterrun.com for more information or click on the volunteer tab on the website.

Aid Stations on course?

There will be 1 aid station on course. The aid station will be serving both hot chocolate and water...separately, of course.

Are bikes allowed?

Nope. However, reindeers and sleighs are. That’s a joke. Running / walking only.