It's time to dig out that ugly Christmas sweater hanging in the back of your closet and join us for the ugliest run of the year! Held in beautiful Downtown Joplin, participants will have the option of walking or running a chip-timed 5K on a certified race course AND/OR test their stomachs' endurance on the Eggnog Mile/Beer Mile. All runners/walkers of the 5K will enjoy a custom Ugly Sweater beanie in buffalo plaid to stay warm, custom FINISHER medal, music by a DJ, age category awards, ugliest sweater awards, post-race coffee, hot chocolate and snacks! Eggnog and beer mile participants will receive an Ugly Sweater beanie. And, kids half mile participants will a beanie and a kids medal. So, bring the whole family out for what's sure to be a hilariously, awesome time!
*An awesome Ugly Sweater beanie is included in the 5K registration and in the Eggnog/Beer Mile, but we know some of you will want a shirt also. So, upon check-out, you have the option of adding a shirt to the cart for $12 until December 5. After December 5, the additional shirt purchase will no longer be an option.
Note: You must be 21 years of age to enter the eggnog or beer mile! (The egg nog is non-alcoholic, but due to the presence of alcohol on the Eggnog/Beer Mile course, those under 21 are not allowed to enter).
Packet pick-up will be held on Friday, December 14 at MIllennium Family Fitness (1227 N Rangeline Rd, Joplin, MO 64801) from 10:00a.m.-7:00p.m. Late packet pick-up and race day registration will be available inside City Hall at 6th & Main from 7:30am to race start.
Mostly flat, out and back, course on road.
Chip timing provided for all registered 5K runners.
ALL registered participants will enjoy snacks, coffee, hot chocolate, and snacks!
Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female in the 5K. Age category awards will be given for the following age categories: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
Eggnog/Beer Mile prizes will be awarded to the overall male and overall female winners as well as the top 3 male and top 3 female participants.
Prizes for top 3 best ugly sweaters.
There will be professional DJ playing Christmas tunes and keeping runners informed during the event.
Race Day Registration:
Race day registration will be available inside City Hall from 7:30am-race start. The registration fee for the 5K and Eggnog Mile/Beer Mile will increase on race day by $5. The Kids Fun Run will remain fixed.
How the Eggnog/Beer Mile Works:
Each Eggnog Miler/Beer Miler will run 4 laps on a closed course on Main Street. Before each lap, participants will drink approximately 6oz. of beer OR non-alcoholic eggnog. Participants must stop and drink the full amount at each stop before proceeding on the course. The first male and first female to reach the 1 mile finish line after drinking all 4 glasses of eggnog or beer will be declared the Eggnog/Beer Mile champions and will receive an award.
Eggnog/Beer Mile Process:
Drink #1 = 6oz.
Lap #1 = 1/4 mile
Drink #2 = 6oz.
Lap #2 = 1/4 mile
Drink #3 = 6oz.
Lap #3 = 1/4 mile
Drink #4 = 6oz.
Lap #4 to finish = 1/4 mile
Virtual 5K Option Available!
Runners who can't attend race day can sign up for the Virtual 5K. Virtual runners are not eligible for overall or age category awards. Virtual runner directions:
Run your virtual race distance anytime during the month of December.
On or after race day (December 15th), post your time result on either the Ugly Sweater 5K & Eggnog/Beer Run Event page or on your My Activities dashboard on LocalRaces.com.
Our staff will then mail a race packet and beanie.