Last year, our family hit up our local thrift shop to buy knitwear so we could make ugly Christmas sweaters. When we got home, we decorated the sweaters as ugly and tacky as we possibly could for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash . We used a glue gun, tinsel, bows, red and green pom poms and more!
The Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash was very close to home. In fact, it was in Port Moody, which is less than 10 minutes away from our house. When we arrived for the run it was, unfortunately, a very rainy day. However, we didn’t let this stop us from having the best time ever!
Before the race began, we were led through the funniest, ugliest Christmas warm up. Picture a massive group of people decked out in the wackiest knitwear EVER, moving, grooving, and singing to Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic, All I want for Christmas is… yoooooouuuuuuuuuu, in the loudest, screamiest singing voices while dancing and stretching away.
Believe it or not, this did happen and it kind of looked like a scene from the Grinch who Stole Christmas, because of all of the tacky Christmas sweaters and the inflatable Christmas decorations surrounding us. The only difference was…we were getting ready for a run and not singing Christmas carols in the town of whooville (or whatever the town in that movie is called.)
Needless to say, It was the funniest warm-up I’ve ever experienced.
During the run we wore rain ponchos (which were provided for us at the race), and although our feet were freezing and we were dripping from the rain, we still had such a fun time!
Perhaps it was the hot chocolate stops on the route or maybe it was fun (regardless of the weather) because of the cheerful, happy spirited participants. The other participants encouraged our youngest daughter to keep on going, and when my girls finally made it through the finish line, it was…snowing!!! O.K, it wasn’t really snowing. BUT..thank you, Ugly Society for providing the snow blower, that was hands down, the best way to finish off the Ugly Christmas Dash. What kid doesn’t love snow?
In short, the snow at the finish line, the awesome dancing warm up, the funny photo booth, hot chocolate, cookies, and the beer. (Yes, some people even enjoyed a cold glass of brewski after their run!) was pure Christmas joy and SO much FUN!
Finally, the BEST part of the day was knowing that our participation in the 5km Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash helped the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada grant exceptional wishes for a child with a life-threatening illness.
This year’s run takes place on Saturday, December 3rd in Port Moody. Now in its fourth year, the Now That’s Ugly Society invites you to celebrate the holidays by lacing up for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash® which will support the wish of a Maple Ridge child, Kristian.
“Kristian loves soccer, ball hockey, and cycling especially dirt bike riding. When he was nine-years-old, Kristian was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. This led to two surgeries, four rounds of chemotherapy, and seventeen radiation treatments. The Children’s Wish Foundation gave his family great memories and a much-needed break from the stress and hospital visits with a trip to Disneyland and LEGOLAND.”
If you would like to give back this holiday season, get some exercise and take part in a family-friendly community event, then get YO ugly Christmas sweater on and bring the family down to the seventh annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash. Run, walk, skip, hop, and jump through the finish line in your ugliest, tackiest, knitwear all for a good cause.
I can’t wait to see you get your ugly holiday knitwear on, all for a good cause this holiday season.
To register for The Ugly Christmas Sweater Run in Port Moody, please visit www.uglychristmassweaterdash.ca.
ABOUT NOW THAT’S UGLY SOCIETY
The Now That’s Ugly Society (NTUS) is a catalytic, tongue-in-cheek, not-for-profit organization based in Port Moody, BC raising funds in support of The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Now in its 15th year, NTUS produces the world’s largest and Original Ugly Sweater Party at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom and the Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash, all while still finding time to do lunges and drink plenty of eggnog.
ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S WISH FOUNDATION OF CANADA
Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest all-Canadian wish-granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more than 30 years, Children’s Wish has worked tirelessly to grant heartfelt wishes to nearly 25,000 children and their families. Last year we granted nearly 1200 wishes, our largest wish-granting year in our 32-year history. With the help of our generous donors and volunteers, we will continue to meet the increasing need of Canadian children to realize their single-most heartfelt wish. Children’s Wish grants approximately three wishes each and every day, all year long. Each wish is carefully structured to meet the particular needs of the child and their family. We continue to receive strong wish referral support through our medical community relationships to grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. Now more than ever, we are encouraging Canadians to donate and support Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada to help us continue to grant the next most heartfelt wish. Children’s Wish is a national charity with chapters in every province and territory. Visit http://www.childrenswish.ca for more information and to donate.