Hello and happy Monday! To tie in with last Friday’s Tacky Christmas Running Jamz playlist, today I have a race recap that celebrates tacky Christmas attire in all it’s glory, The Ugly Sweater Run 5k! The race took place mid morning this past Saturday (Getting to sleep in on a race day #blessed), and I was joined by my Dad (who wore a Stranger Things themed Christmas sweater), and my best friend, Stefan (who wore a pug themed Christmas sweater)! I actually first ran this race back in 2013, but for reasons unknown it didn’t pass through Dallas again until this year. I wasn’t too impressed with the race the first time (for reasons you’ll understand later in the post), but I decided to give it a second chance for 2016. Let’s see how it fared this year…
- Jadelynn Brooke “OMG! Santa I Know Him!” Long Sleeve Tee (Similar)
- White Plum Holiday Print Leggings (Similar)
- The Ugly Sweater Run Beanie (Came with registration packet)
- Apple Watch
- Race bib belt (Here)
- Saucony Kinvara 5 Runshield shoes (Here)
This course wove through the Ballpark in Arlington and Jerry World (AKA Cowboys Stadium), so it took place entirely on the road. The pros: the course was 100% flat, and given that there wasn’t a massive turnout, no one was tripping over each other or in your personal space the entire time (i.e. Turkey Trot). The cons: Unless I completely missed it, I didn’t see a water station along the course, nor were there any mile markers. I was also kind of let down that this race hypes up cool decorations, but the only decorations were at the start and finish lines. I remember the first year I ran this in 2013 the website stated that there would be decorations and fun mile marker stations along the course….and there was one blow up Santa.
Despite it being extremely cold when we started, after a quarter mile in I could begin to feel my bones again and felt pretty great! In retrospect, I could have afforded to wear a sweat wicking layer underneath my shirt, and bring my own gloves (I scored a free pair right before the race. Thanks Top Golf booth!) so I wouldn’t have frozen prior to the start time, but that’s mostly the weather man’s fault for saying it would be in the 50’s by mid morning. Spoiler alert: it definitely wasn’t.
After crossing the finish line, participants were handed a medal and then encouraged to hit up the Kahula booth. I avoided this for two reasons. One, I hate Kahula, and two, after I finished this same race in 2013, I ended up losing my license after scoring my free post race alcoholic beverage and I didn’t want to repeat the same mistake again. Granted, it was 2013 fault for carrying my license in my iPhone arm band. Unless it’s a phone, it’s not really the most secure device to store your valuables. That being said, me, Stefan, and my Dad hit up a milk booth and I got a free shot of chocolate milk. It was delicious and made even better by the fact that involves the need for photo identification. As for the rest of the post race activities, there wasn’t much else going on unless you brought cash for a couple of food trucks that were parked near the booths. None of us were really interested in the food trucks, or paying for anything, so we just left after the chocolate milk!
All in all, super cool theme, but kind of poorly executed. I loved seeing everyone’s sweaters, but I just wish the race had added something cool along the course, or offered more to do for post race activities. Add photo op stations along the course? Throw in some decorations at the mile markers? Or just add mile markers? Serve hot chocolate at the water stations? Someone please hire me to be the race director.