Ugly Sweater Run | Event Guide


Ugly Sweater Run

presented by Hunter Subaru

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Race Start 8:30am 


This is a mass start race, not a rolling start. We cannot accommodate late starts for this event. 



Here’s all your need to know event info:

Video podcast posted above. Want to listen to all the important race info? Listen to the iDaph events podcast on your favorite listening app HERE. 


The start and finish line are both at the Riveter, at the same location. Both races start together at the same time promptly at 8:30am. The turnaround for the 10k (to go do the second loop) is between the parking lot and the Riveter main entrance.  Please familiarize yourself with this spot before you start the race and pay attention to the volunteers. 

The course cut off for both races is 10am. 

To switch from the 10k to the 5k or vice versa please email support@idaph.net. 

Due to the nature of this course being open to vehicular traffic and the off-pavement terrain - strollers are not recommended. We love our furry friends, but dogs are NOT allowed. 

Be SOCIAL with us!

Follow the Ugly Sweater Run FACEBOOK page for all the race updates. On race day share your race day photos and videos with us for a re-share on our Instagram page! Tag us at @idaphevents and use hashtag #uglysweaterrun. 

Packet Pick-up

1. Pre-event packet pick-up will be at Hunter Subaru, 220 Hunter Airport Drive, Fletcher, NC 28732 on Friday, December 2nd from 3 - 5PMWe highly suggest you pick up your packet early for a less hectic experience on race day.

2. Race Day packet pickup - 7am - 8am inside the Riveter.


Location: 701 Old Fanning Bridge Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732



The parking lot is next to the Riveter’s main entrance. To avoid congestion, we suggest coming off of Hwy 280, on Ferncliff Park Drive. You will come to a roundabout and go around the roundabout. Then you’ll see the sign for the Riveter on Old Fanning Bridge Road. Go past the main entrance and you’ll see the gravel/grass parking lot which is right next to the Riveter.  Please drive SLOW when you when you leave the race, and watch for runners on the road. The parking lot exit is on the race route. 

Once you park your vehicle, there is a footpath bridge between the parking lot and the Riveter you can use to get to the start line. Restrooms are inside the Riveter building. There are changing rooms also! 


Race Route

PLEASE NOTE: A portion of the Ugly Sweater Run is on NC State University Research private property. We have gained special permission for use of this area for race day only. There is no pre-course training allowed on these parts of the course.

Runners on roads with vehicular traffic (Old Fanning Bridge Road) need to run facing TOWARDS traffic on the LEFT side of the road. Please run single file on the side of the road. Do not take up an entire lane with your running friends and buddies!


Run Course

The Ugly Sweater 5K & 10K are 3.1 & 6.2 miles of festive awesomeness. You’ll start at the Riveter and run along rural paved roads, scenic farm roads, and return to the Riveter for even more merriment. While we expect little traffic on the rural roads and course, it is open to vehicular traffic, this is not a closed course. The 10K will do the same loop from the Riveter twice, twice the miles, twice the beautiful scenery!


10K Ugly Sweater Run

The Ugly Sweater 10K is 6.2 miles along the same route as the 5K — TWICE! Get double the fun when you run this course!



Water Station

Green Moose Fuel is hosting this year’s water station on the course! 

5k: mile 1.5

10k: mile 1.5 and 4.5

Fun post race activities at the Riveter! 

The Spotted Banana Food Truck menu at Ugly Sweater Run

Your festive, commemorative finisher ornament is waiting for you at the finish! 

  • Bring some cash! Grab a delicious Pumpkin Freeze smoothie or panini from the Spotted Banana food truck, and a delicious hot beverage from Bare Bones Brew Haus.
  • We’ll have some awesome music with a DJ in the race hub!

The Riveter has a variety of activities for you and your family.

  • You can check out the climbing wall or the bike park and make a day out of it! Passes available for purchase on the Riveter website here. 
  • The Riveter will have beer service at the Libation station and they will have local beers on tap.
    • The exclusive Ugly Sweater Run drink special is the yummy “Merry Mimosa” - Cranberry + champagne! 


Costume Contest!


This year we’re taking the costume contest to the next level. We’re in search of jolly old St. Nick! Dust off your Santa suit, comb out that long white beard, put your reading glasses on, and practice your best “Ho, Ho, Ho!” The top three Best Dressed Santas will win an awesome prize from The Riveter!

Don’t have a Santa suit? Wear your UGLIEST sweater and you still have a chance to win! The BEST ugly sweater outfit for male, female, kid and group categories will also win prizes from The Riveter!


We will award Ugly Sweater Run contest winners at the awards ceremony!



Results will be posted here thoughout the event.


All finishers receive a commemorative Ugly Sweater Finisher ornament! 


  • Top 3 overall finishers (male/female) will receive a mug + a Fleet Feet gift certificate!
  • First place masters finishers (male/female) will receive a mug + a Fleet Feet gift certificate!
  • Top 3 in the following Age Group categories will receive mugs:
    • 12 and under
    • 13 - 19
    • 20 - 29
    • 30 - 39
    • 40 - 49
    • 50 - 59
    • 60 - 69
    • 70 + up


Award Ceremony

5k Awards will be handed out at approximately 9:45am and 10k awards will be handed out afterwards.

Not able to hang out and wait for your award? You can pick yours up the week after the event at Fleet Feet Asheville, beginning Tuesday at 3pm, or have it shipped for $10 by purchasing the option in the Race Store.


Run Local Accessories

After you check out the Riveter, you can also SHOP!! If you’re looking for a great way to celebrate all things running or gift idea for your runner friends and family members, be sure to check out our Merchandise area! We’ll have the new Run Local hoodies, the awesome new RUN AVL long sleeve shirts, Free to Run tank tops and shirts, water bottles, decals, magnets and so much more! Bring some cash or a credit card and start checking off your gift list! Race entries also make FANTASTIC gifts for your runner friends and family members. When you register for an event you can buy a registration as a gift for someone else, too, when you register! While supplies last. Purchase yours online HERE before race day to guarantee your size!


Holiday Hustle Series!

The Ugly Sweater Run is the 2nd event in the Holiday Hustle series! The deadline to join the series has been extended to December 1st! It’s not too late to join in!

Need a little extra motivation to keep running during the holiday season? Join us for our newest running series: the Holiday Hustle!


Participants can join us either in-person or virtually (or a combo of both) for these three races:

And will get an awesome ‘Holiday Hustle’ medal on New Year’s Day! To enter the Holiday Hustle series, just sign up for each of the three events listed above and you will be automatically added. The deadline to register for the three races in the series to get the medal has been extended to December 1st, 2022. There’s no better way to get through the holidays than crushing goals and winning extra bling!


Stay connected by joining the Holiday Hustle Facebook Group HERE!


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