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Ugly Sweater Run

Saturday, December 4, 2021

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The Riveter, Fletcher, NC

Don’t miss this Ugly Sweater Run 5K and 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. 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 (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 Riveter’s yoga studio.

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! All levels are welcome! Run a relaxed pace and take selfies, OR run your heart out and win a finisher award!

What you get:

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

Ugly Sweater Challenge: Free Ugly Sweater t-shirt, an awesome upcycled finisher medal, goody bag AND an Ugly Sweater, light-up, beannie hat!

Ugly Sweater Review - Catherine Beck

What an amazing event! It felt so good to not only have a race on the calendar, but one that I knew would be organized and safe. iDaph communicates clearly about race protocol and event details…and makes some stellar race swag as well 🙂 I had a blast rockin my ugly sweater and enjoying some friendly competition. Unique course with race length options for all levels.

- Catherine B.

Race Details:

Start Times: Rolling starts! To keep runners socially distanced you can start ANYTIME between the hours of 9am — 11am.

Race is capped at 150 participants. 

Course is closed at 12pm.

Course Type: Paved Road & mostly farm & rural roads
Stroller friendly? No
Dogs allowed? No

Registration Periods & Pricing

5K

Early: October 20th-November 15th: $40 w/ free t-shirt
Regular: November 16th — November 29th: $40
Late: November 30th until Race Day: $45 (if available)

10K

Early: October 20th-November 15th: $50 w/free t-shirt
Regular: November 16th — November 29th: $55
Late: November 30th until Race Day: $60 (if available)

Challenge

Run both events on the same day and get a bonus swag item! You can run the 5K and 10K back to back or take a break in between. Runners must start one race between 9 am-9:15 am to ensure enough time before the 12pm cut-off. This is the same course as 5K and 10K routes.

Early: October 20th-November 15th: $65
Regular: November 16th — November 29th: $70
Late: November 30th until Race Day: $75 (if available)

Virtual 5K and 10K & Challenge

We are offering a virtual option for both the 5K and 10K, AND the Challenge.

Virtual 5K: $30

Virtual 10K: $35

Virtual Challenge: $60

What is included with your race entry:

• A chance to wear your ugliest sweater!

• An in-person, socially-distanced race with rolling, wave starts. There is NO MASS START for this event.

• Chip-timing for accurate results

• A totally set up and well-marked course on scenic paved rural roads and farm roads in Mills River, NC!

• One-of-a-kind Prizes for overall and age group award winners

Super-cool swag including:

• Unique Ugly Sweater Finisher Medal

• Super comfy, custom-designed, short-sleeve t-shirt

• An option to purchase a customized long-sleeve shirt

Free T-shirt deadline:

Deadline: November 15th at midnight

This is a family-friendly event! There is no age restriction, but children under 10 years old should be accompanied by an adult. While we expect little traffic on the rural roads and course, it is open to vehicular traffic, this is not a closed course.

 At the Riveter

The Riveter has a variety of activities for you and your family. Check out the climbing wall and bike park. Grab a delicious lunch from the Usual Suspects Sandwich Shop, and a delicious hot beverage from Bare Bones Brew Haus. The Riveter is offering massages from 11 am-2 pm (masks required by staff and customers). There will also be a yoga Flow class from 12pm-1pm. (Must book online. 15 per class max.)

Costume Contest!

Wear the BEST Ugly Sweater and win a prize! The Riveter will be giving away prizes for a Costume Contest on Race Day. Take a photo and post it on social media, then tag @idaphevents and @riveternc and use hashtag #uglysweaterrun and post by Wednesday, December 9th at noon to be eligible to win. We will pick the winner at the Ugly Sweater Run Virtual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, December 10th.

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VIEW 2020 UGLY SWEATER RUN PHOTOS

COVID-19 UPDATES

Our events look different this year, and will for a long time. Here’s what we are doing to adhere to North Carolina’s COVID-19 guidelines and maintain social distancing. 

COVID-19 UPDATES

Our events look different this year, and will for a long time. Here’s what we are doing to adhere to North Carolina’s COVID-19 guidelines and maintain social distancing. 

COURSE INFO

Run Course

The Ugly Sweater 5K is 3.1 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 Ugly Sweater Run Challenge is great for endurance runners or runners with kids that want to run the 5k with a family member and then a 10k on their own or vice versa!  You can sign up for both the 5K and the 10K events and run them back to back or take a little break in between! You will be scored in the 5K event and the 10k race! Not only will the distance be the challenge, but it will also be a mental challenge, as you will run 3 laps of the 5K course. Challenge participants get a shirt a medal + an awesome, UGLY SWEATER SWAG bonus item! (TO be announced!) Runners must start one race between 9 am-9:15 am to ensure enough time to make the noon cut-off.

Note: Participants in the Challenge will be competing in the 5k and the 10k races and listed in each of those results. We will not have a ‘cummulative’ time or awards category for the Challenge (15k) participants. All Challenge participants will get their own special swag for participating in the Challenge and will qualify for awards in the 5k and the 10k races.

Water Stations

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.

Cheer Stations

There will be one cheer zone on the course by Gaia Herbs. Please see our Course Map for details. Costumes, fun signs, and lots of great energy and encouragement is a must! All spectators are required to social distance and wear a face covering. 

Rules for the Ugly Sweater Run

• All participants are expected to display courteous, professional behavior at all times.
• No rollerblades allowed.

• Runners will run facing traffic on the paved sections of the course. While we expect little traffic on the rural roads, they are open to car traffic. No running in the middle of the road!

• Please be courteous to other foot traffic on the course.

 

SUPER AWESOME SWAG

Ugly Sweater Run T-shirt

UGLY SWEATER RUN T-SHIRT

You’ll receive this free ‘it’s so ugly it’s cute’ holiday t-shirt if you register by November 15th at midnight! 

Ugly Sweater Run Finisher Medal

UGLY SWEATER MEDAL

Everyone gets this super cute and festive finisher medal! 

iDaph Events Run Local Hoodie

COZY HOODIE

Snuggle up in one of these awesome Run Local hoodies! Available when you register online.

iDaph Events Run Local Hoodie

LONG-SLEEVE T-SHIRT

Want long sleeves? You can purchase the long-sleeve version of the Ugly Sweater t-shirt for $10 when you register.

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RUN LOCAL SHIRT

Support LOCAL events and our community by purchasing one of these super-sweet, soft and stylish RUN LOCAL shirts! Snag yours online during registration. We will not order ‘extras’! So if you want one, buy it online during registration!

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RUN LOCAL WOMAN'S TANK

Support LOCAL events and our community by purchasing one of these super-sweet, soft and stylish RUN LOCAL shirts! Snag yours online during registration. We will not order ‘extras’! So if you want one, buy it online during registration!

run local tank

RUN LOCAL BEANIE

Warm up to this cute and fashionable beanie! Available for purchase when you register online. Help support local business and look awesome in our Run Local beanie! 

VIRTUAL OPTION

Run a 5K or 10K on your own time! 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. Or, they can come up with their own course anywhere! Virtual participants get to challenge themselves by participating and having a goal to work towards. Please note: You cannot run the virtual option on Race Day. 

Virtual Event Highlights:

• All Virtual participants will receive a free Ugly Sweater shirt, super-cool finisher medal, and goody bag which will be mailed to them.
• Participants in the virtual event can make multiple attempts to improve their time! Results must be submitted via Race Roster online.

PACKET PICK-UP

Packet Pick-up will be a half hour before your start time. Check in at Registration to pick up your bib, shirt and goody bag. 

Want to skip the Packet Pickup? Easy-peasy, you can have your packet and bib mailed to you for a small fee if you register by November 22nd at midnight! 

AWARDS

IN-PERSON EVENT AWARDS (BOTH 5k & 10k)

Fleet Feet Asheville will provide Gift Certificates to the overall and masters winners.

TOP 3 IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING - Male and Female (prizes to be announced!)
Overall

Masters (top 1 male/female)

Age Group Categories - Top 3 

12 and under

13-19

20 - 29

30 -39

40 - 49

50 - 59

60 - 69

70 + up

We will not have an on-site awards ceremony at the event due to COVID19 event gathering restrictions. Prizes and Awards can be picked up the week after the event at Fleet Feet Asheville or shipped for $10.

CHALLENGE AWARDS

Participants in the Challenge will be competing in the 5k and the 10k races and listed in each of those results. We will not have a ‘cummulative’ time or awards category for the Challenge (15k) participants. All Challenge participants will get their own special swag for participating in the Challenge and will qualify for awards in the 5k and the 10k races.

 

VIRTUAL EVENT AWARDS

The top 3 male and female finishers in the Virtual Event will also receive a top-finisher prize. Results must be submitted online through Race Roster by Sunday, December 6th at midnight to be eligible for overall prizes and awards.

 

AWARDS CEREMONY

To encourage social distancing, our awards ceremony will take place via Zoom, Thursday, December 10th at noon. A link will be emailed to participants to join in on the call.

 

RACE RESULTS

2020

Searchable Results can be found HERE. 

PDF Version of Results: 10k All10k Age Group5k All5k Age Group

Challenge Finishers: (Both 5k & 10k) 

 

POST RACE ACTIVITIES/celebrations

The Riveter Mills River North Carolina Bike Park

When you complete the 5K or 10K (or both), check out the Riveter for plenty of fun activities, food and refreshments! 

The Riveter in Mills River offers a climbing wall, bike park, a yoga studio, and more. Visit their website for details on all they have to offer.

There will be a food truck at the event with delicious food options, a gourmet coffee truck, and the bar opens at 11 am with specials on tap. 

Participants will receive a discounted bike park pass for the day. Check out the Riveter’s Bike Park and check it out with family and/or close friends. The Bike Park is great for all levels! 

There will also be a Yoga class offered after the running event at the Riveter’s Yoga Studio for an additional fee.  

RUNNING FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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Partial proceeds from this race will benefit the iDream Athletes Foundation. 

It is the mission, duty and purpose of iDream Athletes Foundation to provide opportunities for Western North Carolina youth and adults who are unable to pay for sporting event fees, coaching, travel expenses and/or equipment to train for and/or participate in our WNC sporting events. This tax-exempt non-profit provides needs-based scholarships. The amounts to be gifted are determined on a case-by-case basis through a criteria-selection process.

In addition, we will assist in fueling the growth for local running, cycling and multi-sport champions, teams, clubs, locally owned stores and communities in Western North Carolina by providing resource and financial support when conducting our key activities.

CLICK HERE to learn more! 

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

Directions

The Riveter is located in Mills River, North Carolina, and is near the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and nextdoor to the Asheville Airport. 

PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS TO THE RACE TO HELP ELIMINATE UNDUE TRAFFIC ON THE RACE COURSE DURING THE RACE! SINCE THIS IS A ROLLING RACE START RUNNERS WILL BE STARTING AND FINISHING THEIR RACE AT ALL DIFFERENT TIMES. 

FROM HWY 280, Turn onto Ferncliff Park Drive, At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Old Fanning Bridge Rd. Almost immediately after this turn onto Old Fanning Bridge Road, a volunteer or police will assist you with parking in a gravel lot beside the Riveter. 

CLICK HERE for directions to the Riveter. 

Parking

There is ample parking at the Riveter. Please drive slow and with caution when arriving and leaving the parking areas as they will be open to the public and runners will be running the course while you may be parking or leaving the race. 

COVID-19: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Event is capped at 150 total participants, with limited participant wave starts.
  • There will be a capacity limit of 50 people gathering at one spot at one time. This number will be determined by the guidance from NC on event gatherings on race day. 
  • Temperature checks by PT Solutions will be conducted prior to the start of the race.
  • We highly encourage you to bring your own hydration water bottle and nutrition. We will have one water station at the Riveter, which is the start of both the 10K and Challenge.
  • Online registration will close the day of the event.
  • Designated Social-Distanced Cheer Station at the Gaia Herbs location along the course.
  • Coordinated social distancing at the start line, no mass start or gathering. When you arrive at the start line, you will start the race. 
  • 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.
  • There will be no awards ceremony at the event. We will have a Virtual Awards Ceremony the week after.
  • Awards will be available to be picked up locally or mailed after the event.
  • Event Swag can either be picked up locally the day before the event (at packet pickup), or mailed to you for $10 if you sign up by November 22nd at midnight. After that,  the only option will be to attend the PPU session.
  • 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 the next day after the event.
  • 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’  event registrations will automatically be converted to the Virtual event.

 

DEFERRALS, TRANSFERS AND CANCELATION POLICIES

Above all else, we are striving to make this event as safe as it can possibly be for all our participants, volunteers, and staff. If you’re feeling unwell (or uncomfortable participating), we want you to be able to stay home, stay safe, and join us next year without feeling like you’re losing out. In order to make that happen, we are offering flexible options so participants can make responsible decisions based on their health.

Here are our options for registered participants who can’t make it to the race:

DEFERRALS: Anyone can defer their entry to the 2021 event at any point up to race day on December 5th. Unfortunately, any requests after this date and time will not be able to be honored. If you choose this option you would be withdrawing from the event and would not be able to receive your swag or finisher medal.

TRANSFER TO ANOTHER PARTICIPANT: You can transfer your registration to another participant for a $10 fee before November 29th at midnight. After that date, deferring your registration to the virtual event, or the 2021 event are your only options.

SWITCH REGISTRATION FROM IN PERSON TO VIRTUAL: You can transfer your in-person registration to a virtual registration for free at any point before the race.

REFUNDS/CANCELLATION: 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. In the event that the U.S. or NC government, Hendersonville 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’ running event registrations will automatically be converted to the Virtual event. If it gets switched to a virtual event you will receive a $30 credit for the 2021 Ugly Sweater Run, free transfer into the Virtual Event, and your swag mailed.

VOLUNTEER

To protect our participants and practice social distancing, we will not allow spectators in the event village area or race hub. If you would like to sign up to help along the course as a volunteer or in the event village, this will be a great way for you to support and cheer on your friends and family members! Volunteers will get a super cool, iDaph Buff! 

CLICK HERE FOR VOLUNTEER INFORMATION AND SIGN UP! 

EVENT GUIDE

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THANK YOU RACE PARTNERS! 

 

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