Break Out Those Hideous Sweaters for All Saints’ Annual 5K on Dec. 15

Dec 05, 2018
Photo by: David Biggy

All can be merry and bright for Christmas, but on Saturday, Dec. 15, All Saints Regional Catholic School wants only the atrociously ugly for its annual Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K and 1-Mile Jolly Jog. Starting and finishing in the Stafford Township municipal complex parking lot, the Jolly Jog gets under way at 9 a.m., followed by the 5K at 9:30 a.m.

The main event, won by Manahawkin’s Jeff Roma a year ago, will be held rain or shine – or as in Roma’s case last year, in cold and snow – and there’s still time to register for a spot. The registration fee for the 5K is $30 per runner, while the cost is $10 per runner for the Jolly Jog. Walkers are welcome to participate as well.

All proceeds from the event benefit the All Saints PTA, which helps fund various programs at the school on McKinley Avenue in Manahawkin. Of course, in addition to rocking some ugly sweaters while running, those in attendance can enjoy some hot cocoa after the race.

Additionally, if you make your sweaters look really repulsive – or buy them that way – you’ll have the chance to win one of the handful of categories for the ugly sweater contests. Carrie Merritt, last year’s women’s frontrunner in the 5K, typically has a contender for the “best” ugly sweater, and she is scheduled to be back in this year’s race, so the competition is tough.

The Stafford municipal complex is located at 260 East Bay Ave., Manahawkin. Information about the race is available on the All Saints website at, or you can register online at  —D.B.

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