Bloomington Parks and Recreation and Fleet Feet Sports Bloomington hosted the 4th annual Ugliest Sweater Run at Miller Park on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
With cold temperatures and gusting winds, participants stayed warm by donning their favorite ugly holiday sweaters. Participants registered for the non-competitive 1.5 mile or 5K (3-mile) race with prizes at the finish for the ugliest sweaters.
Mothers pushing strollers decorated as sleighs, couples as elves, friends, and many more raced against the chilly weather wearing their ugliest sweaters and smiles all the way to the finish. As each participant ran through the candy cane finish line, they were ushered inside for holiday treats and hot cocoa to await the awards. Participants were judged for Ugliest Sweater, Loudest Sweater, Best Sweatered Couple and Most Festive.
Bloomington Parks and Recreation Program Manager Jill Eichholz organized the event to bring the community together for a good time. She explained that the event gives those who might not normally find running an enjoyable activity a fun way to participate in their community during holidays.
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