Ugly sweater run and walk planned

File Participants from the 2018 at the start of the ‘Rockin Around Cooperstown Ugly Sweater Run and Walk’ are shown in this undated photo.

The Clark Sports Center is partnering with the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce to host the “Rockin Around Cooperstown Ugly Sweater Run and Walk” on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The event will encourage runners and walkers to venture through Cooperstown in their ugliest holiday sweaters and encourage patrons to shop and eat local, while visiting Santa’s home, according to a media release.

Upon completion of the race, participants will receive either a free coffee or hot chocolate courtesy of Stagecoach Coffee or a free beer from Brewery Ommegang (coupon valid until 5 p.m. Dec. 14). Cooley’s Stone House Tavern will be the location for the Ommegang beer.

The event will showcase Cooperstown’s Main Street and provide an opportunity for restaurants and retailers to showcase their businesses to the crowd of locals and visiting attendees, the release said. The Cooperstown Farmer’s Market will be open beginning at 9 a.m.

Proceeds from this year’s race will go to Helios Care. Proceeds will provide gifts for local children who have lost loved ones.

The race will begin at Santa’s cottage in Pioneer Park at 10 a.m. with Santa giving opening remarks. There will be a 2-mile walk or 4-mile run, both chip timed.

Registration costs $25 for an individual or $100 for a group of up to five people. Register online at: https://bit.ly/35CMI2v

Pre-registered runners and those who wish to register on race day may do so from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post 579 at 60 Main St.

Prizes will be given out for the ugliest sweater and the ugliest team sweaters. Awards will be distributed to the top five male and top five female finishers 21 years of age and older. Awards will also be distributed to the top five finishers younger than 21 years of age. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the race, tentatively around 11:30 a.m. The awards ceremony will take place at Lakefront Park.

Additional information:

• The race is a rain, snow or shine event;

• Racers should dress warmly;

• Bring identification;

• Parking will be available at Doubleday Field, Clark Sports Center or the Trolley Red Lot;

• Coffee, hot chocolate and beer will follow;

• The race is timed, but is not a USATF sanctioned event;

• Water stops will be placed near the halfway mark and at the end;

• Traffic will be allowed on all streets. Major intersections will be staffed;

• Participants should avoid wearing personal listening devices.

For all race information, visit https://bit.ly/34lU22r.

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