Ugly Sweater Run



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Date: December 4, 2021

Location: Elkhart, IN (Registration at Elkhart Health & Aquatics/ Race start at NIBCO Water and Ice Park.

Start Time: 3:20 pm for 5K Run/Walk and 3:25 pm for Sweater Stroll (not a typo on the actual time)

Everyone gets a cute seasonal knit hat!  Costumes and fun sweaters are encouraged! After the race, there will be refreshments and you can take photos with Santa and a live reindeer!

How often can you get up front and personal with a reindeer?!


$25 includes Knit Cap, Timed Race entry for 5K or untimed entry for 1 Mile Stroll, costume awards, AG awards, post race treats and REINDEER encounter!


Knit caps for participants (instead of race shirts) Here is the 2021 New cap! Super cute!

Packet PIck up and ONSITE Registration

Packet pickup and onsite Registration will be held INSIDE 🙂 at Elkhart Health & Aquatics, 200 East Jackson, Elkhart, IN in the Community area. We will be set up in the meeting rooms there which is about a block away from where the race start is.

Friday, December 3. 4-6pm

Saturday, December 4. 11 am – 2:30 pm. [Please make sure you plan enough time to get your bib and get to the start]

The race begins and ends at NIBCO Water and Ice park, 301 Nibco Pkwy, Elkhart, IN 46516 just about a block and a half away.


  1. There will be a huge Winterfest Market featuring homemade crafts & goods at the Aquatics Center on Friday, December 4 from 10-2pm. Come check it out during registration- get some holiday shopping done early!
  2. HEADS UP: There is a large ok HUGE swim meet at the Aquatics Center on Saturday, December 4 so parking over there is going to be somewhat limited. Plenty of parking across the street by NIBCO, or by Innova, or by the old Subway.

5K Awards

The mile is not timed. In fact, you don’t have to be timed if you don’t want to be. This is just for fun. However, we do realize that some people like to run fast and care about their times. So we will let them get to the front of the pack and run as fast as they want to!

Awards will be given out to the top 3 overall MF in the 5K and AG awards will be given in 15 age groups.


The course will begin and end at NIPCO Water and Ice Park.


Plenty of free parking within a block or two of the area. Central park has a huge lot, and you just come across Waterfall drive to the park.

After the event

Plan to hang out for the parade and tree lighting ceremony after the event. You can grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants on Main Street or side streets. Make an EVENING of it! We are pulling out the stops for a Winterfest parade! It will be SOOOO fun and so worth it.

Check out the plan for the afternoon/evening.