The Truro Run Tribe’s annual Ugly Christmas Sweater run saw about 130 participants last year – a huge increase over the 40 to participate in 2016. The annual event in support of the Colchester Christmas Index Program will be held Dec. 2 at the TAAC Grounds. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the event will feature a kids run, as well as 5K and 8K run/walk. Submitted photo

TRURO – If you’ve got some ugly Christmas attire and a knack for running or walking, the annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Run may be right up your alley.

Christine Bulk, one of the co-founders of the Truro Run Tribe, said the organization is back for its sixth annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Run on Dec. 2.

“We had about 40 participate in 2016, but then it jumped to about 130 participants last year,” said Bulk. “We had changed it two years ago from an Ugly Sweater Run to an Ugly Christmas Sweater Run, and we had more people to help in advertising the event.”

Last year, the event raised more than $3,000 in support of the Colchester Christmas Index Program, and the organizers are hoping to match that again this year. In previous years, employees with Scotiabank volunteered at the event and matched a dollar figure up to a certain amount. However Bulk said that program has been discontinued.

“So we’re open to other organizations for matching,” she said, adding the run would still continue with or without a matching organization or business on board.

Through the Christmas Index Program, money is put toward a full Christmas dinner for families in need, as well as gifts for any kids. It costs about $250 per family

The event will begin with a kids run at 8:30 a.m. at the TAAC Grounds on Golf Street. Children who want to participate will use the track on the TAAC Grounds for their course.

“They can go as long as they want,” said Bulk. “Some will go around a few times, and some may not make it around. They just go until they’re tired.”
The event will also feature a 5K and 8K run (or walk), beginning at 9 a.m. The run/walk will leave the TAAC Grounds and head on Golf Street to Smith to Willow, and the Cobequid Trail. Those participating in the 5K route will utilize one kilometre on the Cobequid Trail, with those on the 8K portion will run or walk to Lower Truro before turning around.

Registration for the event opens at 8 a.m. Following the run, refreshments will be available in the club house on the TAAC Grounds, and prizes will also be given away.

“We’ve heard a lot of comments over the last few years,” said Bulk. “Some have said it’s a cool idea to wear ugly Christmas apparel and not just sweaters, and that it’s great to be able to donate to a local charity.”

The Truro Run Tribe has 25 paid members, with 10-20 actively running. Hundreds more follow the tribe on Facebook. The tribe offered one learn to run 5K program this past year, with 50 participants.

For more information on the tribe, check them out on Facebook.

For more information on the Ugly Christmas Sweater Run, including how to make a financial or prize donation, contact Brian Merrill at 902-305-0607.