Despite chilly temperatures, approximately 100 adults and children, runners and walkers alike, got into the holiday spirit by wearing their ugliest sweaters and participated in Highland-Clarksburg Hospital‘s Ugly Sweater 5K Glow Run on National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.
The 2nd annual event took place Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial Park in Clarksburg. The race raised over $2,000 to be used for the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program and Outreach Education at HCHI, as substance abuse is a growing epidemic in the area.
Many participants added lights to their sweaters, wore headlamps and glow items. The course featured string lights and glow sticks along the fitness trail to help illuminate the path. Even Santa Clause made an appearance to distribute goodies to the children.
“It was great to see so many people come out to support this cause,” said Stefanie Moore, race director. “Everyone expressed how much fun they had even though it was cold. We look forward to holding this event again next year.”
Trophies were presented to the overall winners and medals given for the top 3 in each age group, along with an award for the ugliest sweater. Overall winners were: Brian Reider, 1st male; Samuel Starkey, 2nd male; Daniel Kniceley, 3rd male; Natalie McBrayer, 1st female; Hermione Vos, 2nd female; and Rachael Garner, 3rd female. Shay Freeman won the Ugliest Sweater Award.
The evening 5K run/walk included a free Kids K for children 10 and under. Children received a goodie bag and a participation trophy.
Staff from HCHI and community friends volunteered their time to help with the race.
Sponsors for the 2nd annual Ugly Sweater Run included: Modern Woodmen, Jenkins Subaru, Bridgeport Road Warriors, CASA of Harrison County, HOP2E Project, Grafton Adventure Club and J. Patrick Photography.
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