Ugly Sweater Run Comes to DC

The 5K at National Harbor comes with hot chocolate, beer, and ugly sweaters galore.

The Ugly Sweater Run is a 5K race that will take place at National Harbor for the first time ever on December 21. Photograph courtesy of Human Movement.

If you’re sick of ugly holiday sweater parties, we’ve got another idea to put that Goodwill purchase to use: the Ugly Sweater Run.

The 5K race is coming to DC for the first time ever on Saturday, December 21, at the National Harbor, and bringing plenty of perks. Water stations are swapped for hot chocolate along the course, and a knit winter hat and a fake mustache replace the typical race T-shirt.

After the race, each 21-and-over participant will receive two free seasonal drinks, including Samuel Adams Boston and Winter lagers and Angry Orchard apple cider.

The race is for a good cause, too. Runners can donate a new toy on race day to the race’s charity partner, Toys for Tots, which collects toys throughout the year and gives them to less fortunate children during the holiday season.

And don’t forget to check out our roundup of other 2013 holiday races in Washington

The Ugly Sweater Run. 165 Waterfront St., National Harbor. $44.