Sat November 28 - Sun November 29 Baldwinsville, NY 13027 US Directions
Jingle Bell Rock Your RUN!
3730 Cold Springs Rd
Baldwinsville, NY US 13027
New Covid19 Update (11/24/2020)

As we are sure you are aware, most of Onondaga County is in the "Yellow Zone" which limits gathering sizes to 25 people for outdoor events. 2020 has been the year of adjustments and adaptations. We have done what we can to put on in-person race events and our running community has embraced our protocols and helped to make the events fun as well as safe.

With regret we will only be offering the Syracuse Ugly Sweater as a modified in-person Virtu"REAL" or a Virtual event over 3 days.

  • VirtuREAL means that you self-time & run the actual 3.1 mile course (directional signs will be up).
  • Virtual means that you self-time & run any 3.1 mile course. (IE. in your neighborhood, at the park, etc).

OPTION 1: The VirtuREAL course has a start & finish at the Elks Lodge (3730 Cold Springs Rd, Baldwinsville, NY 13027) and will be set up on Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 9am-12pm. There is plenty of parking and there will be a bathroom available on Friday & Saturday- not on Sunday though.

  • The start line- a big rainbow blow-up arch is visible from the parking area. We ask that you do a quick headcount when you arrive.
    • If you see fewer than 20 people (runners/volunteers), you are welcome to go to the start area and take off for your run/walk.
    • If you see 20+ people, please remain in your vehicle until you see that number decline below 20.
  • We will be moving all registrants into a virtual event on RunSignUp. That enables you to sign onto your account and submit your time. website (click the grey/white head and shoulder silhouette, then Profile, then submit your Results by clicking the "submit virtual results" tab). You will have until Sunday (Nov 29) at 4pm to submit your results. We will have Overall and Age Group winners.

OPTION 2: Virtual event- If you choose to run the Syracuse Ugly Sweater 5K as a "virtual" event you can run/walk anywhere you would like between Friday (Nov 27) and Sunday (Nov 29) at 4pm.

  • We will be moving all registrants into a virtual event on RunSignUp. That enables you to sign onto your account and submit your time. website (click the grey/white head and shoulder silhouette, then Profile, then submit your Results by clicking the "submit virtual results" tab).
  • You will have until Sunday (Nov 29) at 4pm to submit your results. We will have Overall and Age Group winners

At Willow Health and Wellness Center, 3090 Belgium Road (Rt. 31- behind physical Therapy Plus), Baldwinsville, NY 13027

  • Friday (Nov 27) 8:30am-11am
  • Saturday (Nov 28) 8:30am-11am
  • Sunday (Nov 29) 8:30am-11am

Whether you are running the Syracuse Ugly Sweater 5K as a virtual or as a modified in-person (Virtu"REAL") event please plan on coming to Willow HWC on one of these 3 days to pick up your swag.

For both the virtual and virtu"REAL" we will be posting pictures and videos on the event Facebook page
. We encourage all participants to submit your own photos and videos as well. We will have awards/prizes for the annual Ugly Sweater Costume Contest.

The Dryden Ugly Sweater 5K (Dec 5th) and the Utica Ugly Sweater 5K (Dec 6th) at this point are still on as actual in-person race events as they are not in the yellow zone. For those interested in running in one of those events, you do have the option of transferring your registration at no charge. Simply email us at and we can make that happen.


SYRACUSE UGLY SWEATER 5K (No longer an in-person event- Please see note above)

November 28, 2020 


Come celebrate the transition from Thanksgiving to the Christmas season with a fun but competitive Syracuse Ugly Sweater 5K. This year we will hold the event at the Elks Lodge (3730 Cold Springs Rd, Baldwinsville, NY 13027)  The 5K run will take place on N. Hays Rd., pretty flat and fast course similar to OLP course from previous years.. This year (6th Annual) the giveaway items will include a custom winter beanie and gloves. Once again we will be giving away to all participants the traditional jingle bell bracelet that will add to the "spirit and sound" of the this years event. All finishers also receive a medal that doubles as Christmas tree ornament. The Syracuse Ugly Sweater 5K is part of the Dick's Sporting Goods Family Fit Series. There will be awards for the Top and Age Group Finishers as well as prizes for best in dress contest.

The race will be capped at 450 participants due to Covid restrictions so please do not hesitate to register as we typically have 600+ at this annual event.

A portion of the proceeds and all donations will go to the St. Johns Community Services. Please bring winter clothing donations to the race. There will be a truck on location accepting items. They are especially seeking winter items ie. coats, boots, (sneakers as well) hats, mittens, socks and toiletries (tooth paste, tooth brushes, combs, etc.)

Ugly Sweater Contest

We ask that runners wear their favorite Ugly Sweater, prizes will be awarded for "best in dress", most creative and most unique Ugly Sweaters (we will have vintage Ugly Sweaters available for purchase for $10 at packet pickup events and race day). There will be prizes for the overall race winners for both male and female (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) as well as Age Group winners as well.

Post Race Party & Raffles

After the race there will be an Ugly Sweater party at the Elks Lodge including discounted beer and a free food offering for race participants. General public is welcome to attend and the bar will be open. The Elks Lodge is at the Start/Finish area.  

Packet Pick Ups and In-person Registration

TBD- Email will go out to ALL registered prior to Thanksgiving




Before you come to the event...

  • Know your start time that you registered for
  • Leave ample time to pick up bib & swag before your start
  • Bring your own hydration liquids and sanitizing wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Try to use a bathroom facility before you arrive
  • Please bring a face covering to wear

What to do when you get to the site…

  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time you signed up for
  • Park in the designated area. There will be attendants directing you.
  • Wait at your car until 30 minutes prior to your start time. Please stretch and hydrate at your car.
  • 30 minutes before your start make your way to the Packet Pick Up

At the Packet Pick Up area…

  • Please wear a face covering
  • Get to PPU area not sooner than 20 min. prior to your start time.
  • You will get a custom hat, gloves and your BIB (do not forget to grab some pins).
  • After you have your swag, drop it off at your car and pin on your bib (on the front)

At the start line…

  • Make your way to the start line just before the start time.
  • Please wear a face covering and social distance until the race begins.
  • Once you start running and are apart from other runners you can remove your face covering

During the race…

  • There will be a 1 hydration stations with drinks poured.
  • We ask that you help yourself to a cup (we cannot hand them to you).
  • Garbage cans will be placed shortly after the stops.
  • If you are walking, please maintain a 6’ social distance with any other walkers or wear a face covering.

At the finish line...

  • Yay! you finished
  • Get your finisher medal!
  • Near the finish there will be water & Monster hydration drinks
  • Please maintain a social distance
Race Contact Info
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