Ugly Sweater Run

Ugly Sweater Run

Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Run 5K & 10K at the Riveter in Mills River! Ugly Sweaters and holiday cheer are strongly encouraged! Join iDaph Events for a festive (and socially distanced) 5K and 10K hosted by the Riveter, the nation’s premier indoor climbing gym, bike park, and wellness arena. You’ll start at the Riveter and run along scenic farm roads, and return to the Riveter for even more merriment. There’ll be delicious food, drinks and refreshments (including adult beverages and coffee), and plenty of activities including a premier bike park and a climbing wall. Chill out after the race and unwind at a socially-distanced flow, indoor yoga class at the the Riveter’s yoga studio. 

Grab your calendar & sign up for these upcoming events!

Grab your calendar & sign up for these upcoming events!


Light Up the Night 5k
Friday, August 6, 2021

The 3rd Annual Light up the Night takes place at Carrier Park in Asheville, NC on Friday, August 6th. This is your time to shine! A flat and fast run in Asheville’s Carrier Park on Friday evening. First 200 to register get a glow-n-the-dark finisher medal!  All the proceeds from this event will directly benefit Western Carolina Rescue Ministries and the continuous work of recovery, rescue, and restoration to individuals throughout WNC.


Jump Off Rock Hill Climb

presented by Hunter Subaru 

Laurel Park, Hendersonville, North Carolina
Sunday, August 8


Cyclists and Triathletes get ready for the return of the Jump off Rock Hill Climb presented by Hunter Subaru on Sunday, August 8th at 3 pm. The hill climb, time trial, cycling race made its debut in 2017 and returns this summer with much anticipation to Laurel Park located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. 

The cycling race is for all abilities! Test your fitness and challenge yourself to ride up this five-mile climb as fast as you can. This is an individual, time-trial-style event designed to challenge any type and ability of cyclists. You will be racing against the clock and will leave in one-minute increments. It is a race against yourself. This is not a mass start event. 

The one-way, time trial race starts at the Town of Laurel Park offices and goes up, up, up Laurel Park Scenic Highway to the top of Jump off Rock where panoramic views await you at the finish line. This event will be professionally produced and timed. 

Let’s face it, sometimes we all need a little help getting up these giant WNC hills. We’re allowing e-bikes at this event and they will be scored in their own category, so all riders are welcome!

Not only will this ride challenge you, but there are also prizes and awards for the King and Queen of the Mountain and random giveaways to finishers. You don’t have to be the fastest to win in our giveaways!


Pop Up 5K Summer Series 
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th of the month) August 11 & August 25

Join us at Bill Moore Community Park (formerly Fletcher Park) for our Pop-up 5k in the Park Summer Series.  Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday until August 25th, we’ll be setting up a rolling start line with a chip-timed and fully marked 5k course for runners and walkers.  This in-person running event is a great way to test your fitness and work towards improving your 5k time. It is family-friendly and dog-friendly! New this year we have themes for each night! There will be prizes along the way, awesome Run Local swag available, and flexible options for all types of runners. 

Follow the new Pop-up 5k Facebook page for all the details! Click HERE


Apple Festival Races 
presented by Hunter Subaru
Saturday, September 4, 2021

Join us for the Individual 8k run, a Team Challenge 5k (groups of 4 - combining times), and the Chick-fil-A Mini Moo One Mile fun run. Come out for this classic, family-friendly Hendersonville event!

All participants in the 8k and Team 5k will receive a free black, Brooks tech running event shirt with their registration, but you must register before August 1st at midnight to guarantee your preferred size! All Mini Moo participants will receive a different shirt for free with their registrations.



Tour d’Apple
Mon, September 6, 2021

Tour d’Apple cycling event provides four exciting, challenging routes through Western North Carolina’s apple orchards, waterfalls, and mountains to benefit the charitable projects of the Hendersonville Four Seasons Rotary Club. FREE Tour d’Apple t-shirt if registered prior to August 15th at midnight. Spend Labor Day riding your bike around the most beautiful scenery in WNC!


Asheville Off-Road Series

presented by Hunter Subaru

Ride Kanuga, Hendersonville, NC
September 19, 2021


The 9th Annual Asheville Off Road Series is back for 2021!

This year, the Asheville Off Road Series presented by Hunter Subaru is held at the awesome venue - Ride Kanuga located near Asheville in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Join us for an amazing day of cycling, running, or both on Sunday, September 19, 2021!

The AORS (Asheville Off Road Series) consists of three main events: Asheville Duathlon, Trail Run, and Gravel Grinder Bike events. Each of these events gives a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts the ability to explore either by foot or by two wheels the Western North Carolina trails, gravel roads and scenic country paved roads.

This is a hugely popular event each year, so we suggest you register as soon as you can! Because of limited parking availability, this event is limited to 300 participants.



Pop Up 5K Fall Series 5K

2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month
September 8th — October 27th, 2021
This is the same event as the Summer Series except with different times, prizes, and swag! The Pop-up 5k in the Park Fall Series and Virtual Challenge is every 2nd and 4th Wednesday starting September 8th and running until October 27th. Due to the time change, runners can start at the rolling start line anytime from 5-6:30 pm. 

Black Bear Half Marathon
presented by Hunter Subaru 



Hendersonville, North Carolina

October 9, 2021

 Don’t miss these races on peak leaf weekend in WNC!

The Black Bear Half Marathon presented by Hunter Subaru is back and it returns with a brand new shorter distance event, an 8k! These races in Hendersonville, NC both offer scenic, mostly flat courses along the Oklawaha Greenway.  The brand new Morris powered by Optimum 8k course is all about SPEED and will offer cash prizes for the fastest overall winners!

Both races include scenic views of fall foliage and a flat,  fast greenway course. 


Trick or Trail 5k

presented by Hunter Subaru 

Dupont State Forest, North Carolina

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 at 7:15pm

Registration opens Tuesday, August 10th at 3pm

You don’t want to miss this super fun, and family-friendly, Halloween-themed 5K run/walk. This annual running event is a local’s favorite and offers fun for the entire family.  We have finalized our permit with Dupont and registration will be opening soon! Keep up-to-date by following our Trick or Trail Facebook Page HERE. Event limited to 150 participants. 

South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K

presented by Hunter Subaru 

Biltmore Park, Asheville, North Carolina

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Registration opens Thursday, August 5th at 3pm!

The 4th Annual South Asheville Turkey Trot presented by Hunter Subaru returns on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25th to Biltmore Park in South Asheville, NC. Come join us for this fun and festive 5K on one of the biggest running holidays of the year. Thanksgiving is the largest running holiday with families all over the country! Turkey Trots are a great way to start the day. You’ll share miles and smiles with your family and friends as part of this fun, annual tradition. 

Ugly Sweater Run

presented by Hunter Subaru

The Riveter, Mills River, North Carolina
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Join us for this holly, jolly 5K, 10K and Challenge at the Riveter! 

Registration opens Thursday, August 26th at 3pm!

Don’t miss this new annual holiday tradition! The 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Run 5K and 10K at the Riveter in Mills River! Join iDaph Events for a festive (and socially distanced) 5K and 10K hosted by the Riveter, the nation’s premier indoor climbing gym, bike park, and wellness arena. The courses start at the Riveter and run along scenic rural paved and farm roads, and return to the Riveter for even more merriment.


New Year’s Resolution Run

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina
January 1, 2022

Registration opens Thursday, September 9th at NOON

The Annual New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville will be January 1, 2022. Plan to kick off 2022 on the right foot and celebrate with what we love to do most: RUN! This event starts at a reasonable 10:00 am and offers a 5K and 10K distance. We welcome families and participants of all ages to come run or crawl their way to completing their first resolution! Bring warm layers of clothes, tie up your running shoes, and get ready to ‘run into’ 2022! More information coming soon. 


iDaph Partner Events


Light Up the Night 5K, Asheville, NC — Friday, August 6, 2021
Apple Festival Races, Hendersonville, NC — Saturday, September 4
Tour d’Apple, Brevard, NC — Monday, September 6, 2021
Rock the Quarry 5k & Fun Run — Saturday, September 11, 2021
IC Imagine - FIne Arts 5k  —
 Saturday, September 18, 2021
Ramble Run 5k + 10k - Sunday, October 3, 2021
Fonta Flora BarnBurner 50k Mountain Bike Race – Saturday, Oct 16
Vampire 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, October 30, 2021
Jingle Jog, Hendersonville, NC — Saturday, December 11, 2021


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It’s the most wonderful time…for an Ugly Sweater Run

It’s the most wonderful time…for an Ugly Sweater Run

Ugly Sweater Run logo

It’s time for some holiday cheer and merriment! Come run with us on December 5th, 2020 for a brand new holiday run, the Ugly Sweater Run. This is an inaugural event, and it is being hosted by the Riveter in Mills River, NC.

If you’ve never been to the Riveter, you are in for a treat. The fitness facility opened its doors in 2019 and is the first indoor bike park and climbing gym combo in the nation. Located closely to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and the Asheville Regional Airport, the facility offers outdoor activity and environmental sustainability with a 40,000 square foot facility located above a 10-acre working farm that leads to the French Broad River. The business is based on adventure fitness and has a 16,000+ square feet of climbing terrain, 18,000+ square feet of progressive jump lines, drop training, and the first Velosolutions Pump Park in the country. (Special note: The name “pump track” comes from the pumping motion used by the rider’s upper and lower body as they ride around the track. The idea of a pump track is to use this pumping motion to maintain your speed around the track without pedaling, and these tracks can be ridden by cyclists of all ages and skill levels.)

The facility also has a beautiful yoga studio, a spin studio, community space, libation station (fancy word for a really cool bar), retail shop, and outdoor courses including a cross-country perimeter trail around the farm.

Now you know why we are excited to have our inaugural holiday run at the Riveter! Now let’s talk about the event…

Ugly Sweater Run 5K & 10K & Challenge

The races include something for everyone: A 5k, 10k (double loop), and a Challenge event (triple loop)! Everyone gets a cozy, ugly-sweater t-shirt, a swag bag, and a finisher medal. The courses start at the Riveter and run along scenic and rural paved and farm roads, and return to the Riveter for even more merriment.

There’ll be delicious food, drinks, and refreshments after the run (including adult beverages and coffee), and plenty of activities. The Riveter will also be offering a socially-distanced flow, indoor yoga class at the Riveter’s yoga studio for an additional fee.

Ugly Sweater Run Race Swag

Now we know you all love to run, but let’s face it: Running for the bling is even better! Check out these two super cute swag items you get when you register for the Ugly Sweater Run.

Here’s what runners receive with their registration:

5K: Free Ugly Sweater t-shirt, an awesome upcycled finisher medal, goody bag

10K: Free Ugly Sweater t-shirt, an awesome upcycled finisher medal, goody bag, iDaph Gloves

Ugly Sweater Challenge: Free Ugly Sweater t-shirt, an awesome upcycled finisher medal, goody bag AND a bonus item! (To be announced!)


Ugly Sweater medal
ugly sweater tshirt


Virtual 5K, 10K, and Challenge Options

If you’re not comfortable with an in-person 5K or 10K run, or you simply can’t make it that day and still want to help support local business, there is a Virtual Option for this event. Virtual participants will have access to the course information for the event so they can have a ‘self-serve’ event experience on the same courses as the in-person runners. You cannot run the race on Race Day, but you can run it any other day on your own time. Or, you can come up with their own course anywhere and still get the cool swag — mailed to you for free. All Virtual participants will receive a free Ugly Sweater shirt, super-cool finisher medal, and goody bag.

The Ugly Sweater Run will have rolling wave starts, which allows us to have small, social-distanced groups starting over a span of a couple of hours. This format allows for runners to stay spaced out throughout their run and have a safe experience.

Changes due to COVID-19

“Here at iDaph Events, safety is our top priority,” says Race Director Daphne Kirkwood. “We want to ensure that our participants, staff and volunteers stay safe and healthy, and we are following all of the necessary precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

“We will aim to have a ‘contactless’ event to provide a safe event for all,” says Kirkwood.

To adhere to the NC guidelines, iDaph Events will be putting the following rules in place:

• Event is capped at 150 total participants, with limited participant wave starts.
• The 5K will not have a water station on the course. The 10K and the Challenge participants will have the opportunity to make a pit stop at a water station at the start line when they come back to the Riveter to do another loop. Please bring your own water and/or fuel to this event.
• Online registration will close on Race Day.
• There is one designated Social-Distanced Cheer Station along the course at the Gaia Herbs building. Come out and cheer on your friend/family member at one of these designated cheer spots along the course!
• Coordinated social distancing at the start line.
• All staff/volunteers will be required to wear a face-covering during the event.
• Participants are required to wear a face-covering until the event starts and then put it back on after they are finished running/walking in the event.
• PT Solutions will be conducting health screenings.
• No groups of 50 people or more will congregate at any one space.
• Awards will be available to be picked up locally or mailed after the event.
• Event Swag can either be picked up at packet pickup or mailed to you for a nominal shipping fee.
• All virtual event registration includes swag that will be mailed to you for free (shirt, medal, goodies, etc).
• The online results will be posted by noon on Sunday, December 6th.
• Other changes will be added and communicated to participants prior to the event.
• As we all know the pandemic changes things quickly! We ask that you be flexible and patient as we may have to adjust things for this event up until the event takes place.
• Please know we are doing our absolute best and want this event to happen as much as you do! In the event that the U.S. or NC government, Henderson County declares a new stay-at-home order or places new restrictions on gatherings and we are not able to have the in-person event, all ‘in-person’ triathlon event registrations will automatically be converted to the Virtual event.

 Running for a great cause

Partial proceeds from the run will go towards the iDream Athletes Foundation.

Come run with us on December 5th

Our iDaph Team is super excited about this inaugural holiday running event, and we hope you can join us either virtually, or on Saturday, December 5th, 2020 at the Riveter. This event is limited to 150 participants and we do expect it to sell out, so don’t wait too long to sign up! We strongly encourage ugly holiday sweaters, elf ears, elf hats, Santa hats, but please no grinches. 🙂 If you’d like more details, visit our website by clicking the button below.

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