Ugly Sweaters don’t get much of a run outside of the closet. Their irony, humor, and charm are only brought out for holiday parties, Christmas morning, and that one time you should have done laundry several days ago. Now there’s a chance to show pride in your ugly sweater as you sweat it out at the national Ugly Sweater Run in Fairmount Park on Dec. 17.
The Ugly Sweater Run, presented by Kahlúa, is a national running series benefitting One Warm Coat: an organization that supports over 3,000 coat drives each year. The run, originating in Denver, has expanded to eleven cities. The run was adopted in Philadelphia in 2013, and is coordinated by The Human Movement, the same organization responsible for bringing The Color Run earlier this year. After the 3.1 mile endeavor, runners will be rewarded with hot chocolate, and if you’re over 21, you could warm up even more with a free post-race cocktail from Kahlúa.
For those who want to show off their ugly sweaters but are terrified of the idea of running--and in December--can walk it out instead. Kids under the age of five are allowed entry for no fee, and strollers are permitted on the course.