Ugly Sweater Run

presented by Hunter Subaru


Saturday, December 2, 2023

The Riveter, South Asheville, NC

Don’t miss the 4th Annual Ugly Sweater Run 5K and 10K presented by Hunter Subaru! The race is set for Saturday, December 2nd at the Riveter in South Asheville, NC! Ugly Sweaters and holiday cheer are strongly encouraged!

Join iDaph Events for a festive 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.

The races include something for everyone! A 5k, and a 10k (double loop)! Everyone receives a free, cozy, ugly sweater shirt until the deadline, a Hunter Subaru swag bag, and a finisher Christmas ornament! All levels and abilities are welcome! Run a relaxed pace and take selfies, OR run your heart out and try to get a personal best!

Race date & course subject to change.

Ugly Sweater Review - Catherine Beck

The run from the Riveter was a gorgeous, scenic route. Race staff were encouraging and friendly, as was nearly every race participant. I was encouraged, high-fived, and pushed harder by total strangers. It was a great race and I will be back next year!

One of my favorite iDaph events! I loved seeing the holiday cheer in the costumes that everyone wore. Everyone truly embraced the theme of the race and it made it such a fun experience!

Race Details:

Start Times: 8:30 AM

Course is closed at 10 AM.

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

Virtual 5K and 10K 

We are offering a virtual option for both the 5K and 10K


Costume Contest!

This year we’re taking the costume contest to the next level! We’re in search of the ‘Most Creative Sweater!’ Come one, come all, and come UGLY! Grab your tinsel, sequins, Christmas lights, ornaments, jingle bells and everything wacky and tacky, and create your own custom ho-ho-horrible ugly sweater! 

The most creative ugly sweater for male, female, kid and group categories will win prizes from The Riveter!

Take a photo and post it on social media, then tag @idaphevents and @riveternc and use hashtag #uglysweaterrun.

What is included with your race entry:

• A chance to wear your ugliest sweater!

• Chip-timing for accurate results and LIVE results accessible on your smartphone.

• 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 Christmas Ornament

• Super comfy, custom-designed, short-sleeve t-shirt free until November 5th at midnight. Beginning November 6th, shirts can be purchased for $20 in limited quantities and sizes.

• Hunter Subaru Goody Bag


T-shirt deadline:

Deadline: Sunday, November 5th at midnight

This is a family-friendly event! There is no age restriction, but children under 14 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 hot beverage from Bare Bones Brew Haus.

Holiday Hustle

presented by Hunter Subaru

Get ready to sleigh the holidays with us again this year as we bring back the most popular running series, the Holiday Hustle presented by Hunter Subaru!

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 is Sunday, November 5th, 2023. There’s no better way to get through the holidays than crushing goals and winning extra bling!

NEW FOR 2023: Plan to complete the Holiday Hustle Series and proudly show off your accomplishment with a personalized, Holiday Hustle Dri-Fit Shirt, available in unisex and women’s sizes.

Shirts will be personalized on the back with the names of all participants who register for all three events in the series before the November 5th deadline!

Shirts will be given out at the New Year’s Resolution Run.

Add one to your registration for only $30!

Stay connected by joining the Holiday Hustle Facebook Group HERE!

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Water Stations

Water Stations will be located at mile 1.5 on the 5k course and miles 1.5 and mile 4.5 on the 10k course.

We are thrilled to announce JAMBAR will be the official nutrition/energy bar partner of the races!

JAMBARS were created by the co-founder of the original PowerBar, Jennifer Maxwell. Jennifer worked for four and a half years to create the perfect bar. “Everything in a JAMBAR you could eat off a spoon!” JAMBAR is featured in this month’s Runner’s World magazine as one of the top bars of the year for their Mango flavor! JAMBARS are

  • Certified organic & non-GMO
  • Crafted in small batches in the company’s own facility
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free
  • Made with real fruit and/or fair trade chocolate
  • Sweetened with authentic sweeteners from nature
  •  Offer 10 grams of protein per bar

JAMBAR also donates 50% of all after-tax profits to qualified nonprofits to support music, active living and community connections! You’ll find JAMBAR at the water stations. Be sure to stop by and pick one up! With four delicious flavors to choose from, you’ll definitely “Get your jam on!”

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. The course is a 5k loop. The 10K will do the same loop from the Riveter twice - twice the miles, twice the beautiful scenery! This allows for multiple cheer zones throughout the race.

While we expect little traffic on the rural roads and course, it is open to vehicular traffic. This is not a closed course. 

We recommend a parent or guardian run with children 14 and under.

5k course map

10k course map

PLEASE NOTE: The course time limit is at 10:00 AM. All runners must be finished by that time.

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.


Ugly Sweater Run T-shirt


Register by November 5th at midnight and receive a free short sleeve Ugly Sweater shirt with your registration! Beginning November 6th, shirts will be available for purchase in limited quantities and sizes for $20.

Ugly Sweater Run Finisher Medal


What better way to celebrate a great run than to hang your bling on the tree! Everyone gets this super cute and festive finisher ornament!


Walk or run a 5K or 10K on your own time, anywhere you’d like! 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. Transfers to virtual during the week of the event will cost $10.

Virtual Event Highlights:


  • Every virtual participant will receive a FREE Ugly Sweater Run shirt (until the November 5th deadline) and commemorative finisher ornament with their registration.
  • Virtual race swag will be mailed FREE after the in-person event on December 2nd.


  • Pre-event packet pickup will be at Hunter Subaru, 220 Hunter Airport Drive, Fletcher, NC 28732 on Friday, December 1st from 3 - 5pm. We highly suggest you pick up your packet early for a less hectic experience on race day.
  • Race Day packet pickup will be 7am - 8am inside the Riveter.


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


Want to skip Packet Pickup? Easy-peasy! You can have your race number and shirt mailed to you. Just pick the ‘ship your swag’ option when you register online. Deadline to opt in for this option is Sunday, November 12th at midnight. 


The Asheville Home Builders Association (AHBA) was founded in 1966. We are affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA). With just over 1070 members, the Asheville HBA is one of the largest Home Builders Associations in North Carolina and 15th largest HBA in the country.

The AHBA is involved in all aspects of residential construction. Our members are contractors building custom and speculative homes as well as multifamily dwellings. Additionally, they are involved in all aspects of the construction industry including suppliers, realtors, bankers, subcontractors, insurance agents, and those meeting the office needs of our member businesses.

We are an organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of our local housing industry and those who work within this market.

The AHBA is known for connecting members through monthly networking and educational events, promoting professional development, hosting community outreach events and much more.



Fleet Feet Asheville will provide Gift Certificates to the Overall and Masters winners!

Overall (top 3 male/female)
Masters (top 1 male/female)
Age Group Categories - (top 3 male/female) 

12 and under
20 - 29
30 -39
40 - 49
50 - 59
60 - 69
70 + up

Award Ceremony

5k Awards will be handed out at approximatley 9:45am, 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, beginning Tuesday at 3pm,  at Fleet Feet Asheville or have it shipped for $10.






Challenge Finishers: (Both 5k & 10k) 


The Riveter Mills River North Carolina Bike Park
The Riveter Mills River North Carolina Bike Park

When you complete the 5K or 10K, 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 gourmet coffee truck, Bare Bones Brew Haus, and the bar opens at 11 am with specials on tap. DJ Rut Jut will be entertaining us at the finish line this year!

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!


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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! 



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

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. 


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. 


Did you register to participate in-person but can’t make it on race day? You don’t have to miss out! You can transfer your registration to the virtual event at any point before the start of the race. In the virtual event, you’ll run anywhere you like, post your results, and have your swag mailed to you after the event.

TRANSFERS: All participants can transfer into the virtual version of their event up until the start of the event. Email support@idaph.net to request the transfer. There will be no refunds for the price difference between events. Transfers during the week of the event will cost $10 (beginning Monday, November 27th).

Transfers between participants are prohibited. Participants who run with another runner’s bib will be automatically DQd and bandits will be banned from future iDaph events.

REFUNDS: We have a small, but mighty team that is working on all the details to produce this event safely for you and everyone in our community in attendance. We are incurring the expenses for production well before the day of the event, and we will not be able to provide a refund to you should you want to cancel your registration, or if the event itself has to be cancelled due to a change in the status of the pandemic, weather, an act of god, or other unforeseen circumstance.

DEFERRALS: We do not allow deferrals from race to race. If you’re unable to make it on race day, you may switch to the virtual option.

CANCELLATION: In the event of an unforeseen circumstance, such as an emergency, an act of god, not receiving approval of final event permits, or change in pandemic status resulting in the inability to have the in-person event, we reserve the right to cancel the event and automatically convert all in-person registrations to the virtual option. Should this occur, your swag will be mailed to you for free.


Volunteering is a great way for you to support and cheer on your friends and family members, as well as support the local athletic community! Volunteers will receive a complimentary shirt to express our gratitude for your time.




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