This is the OG.  The Original.  The Ugly Sweater Run™ is hitting Tempe Beach Park on December 19th at 10:00 am.


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.

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The Ugly Sweater Run has partnered with Save the Children, a child advocacy nonprofit that gives children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm in the US and around the world. Make sure to select their registration type when you register, so that together we can help transform children’s lives and the future we all share.



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

  • $25 Early Registration
  • $30 starting Jul. 28, 2015
  • $35 starting Aug. 24, 2015
  • $40 starting Sep. 21, 2015
  • $45 starting Nov. 23, 2015
  • $50 day of registration, if available


Volunteer for The Ugly Sweater Run Elf Troupe!

Volunteers will help with various tasks, such as checking in participants, passing out swag, handing out hot chocolate on the course, spreading holiday cheer, and much more! Click HERE to find your city and sign up!


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 aid 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 18th, 2015

Location: TBD

Address: TBD

Time: TBD


Race Day

Location: Tempe Beach Park

Address: 620 N. Mill Avenue Tempe AZ

Time: 8am-10am

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 if the venue allows! Just remember that it is your responsibility to pick up after them. Please check the city specific page to make sure dogs are allowed in your area!

Are there refunds?

Unfortunately, there is a NO refund policy. In the case of a change in venue, no refunds can be offered if the new location is within 1 1/2 hour drive from previous location.

How do I transfer my registration to another person?

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

How can I sign up with a group?

If you choose to join a group, click on the location you wish to participate at under the locations menu. Once on the city page, click "BUY NOW". Choose the ticket option that reads: Group 4+ Runners (Per Person), and the amount of people you are registering, then click “Order Now.” Next, you will fill out all your information and Group Name. Make sure all of your group members use the same group name. You are unable to keep track of who registers through Eventbrite, so make sure you are all communicating on email with each other.

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?

Proceeds raised through the Ugly Sweater Run benefit Save the Children. Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, Save the Children gives children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We encourage all of our runners to make a donation to Save the Children at the time of registering. Every dollar counts! Learn more about the great work that Save the Children does, by clicking here.

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 support@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 volunteer@humanmovement.me 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.