Race Information

Calling all holiday sweaters—ugly and nice—to join us for the inaugural Christmas Sweater Shuffle 5K!

Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 7:30AM

Presented in partnership with the Glen Ellyn Park District

Dig deep into the closet or drawer for that special sweater that has provided such holiday cheer and memories to share on the streets of Glen Ellyn with your fellow neighbors and friends. If you don’t have a holiday sweater for the occasion, use your festive imagination to inspire and create a masterpiece to wear as you shuffle through downtown, around Lake Ellyn, and Glenbard West High School. Santa is joining us to start the Shuffle and taking gift requests back to the North Pole.

Schedule
Packet Pick Up
Post-Shuffle Amenities
Route
Age Limit
Spectators
Prohibited Items (Bah humbug)
Refund Policy
Weather Considerations
Directions & Parking
Sponsors & Charity Partners
Volunteer
Waiver
Results
Charity Partners
Schedule

Christmas Sweater Shuffle Event Day: Sunday, December 8, 2019

6:00 a.m. Packet Pick-Up Opens (If possible, please pick up on Friday at Naperville Running Company in Wheaton (2-7) or Saturday at Main Street Pub, Glen Ellyn (11-4)

7:15 a.m. Packet Pick-Up Promptly Closes

7:30 a.m. 2019 Christmas Sweater Shuffle START

8:00 a.m. Post-Shuffle festivities begin

8:45 a.m. Sweater Awards program begins

9:00 a.m. Course Closes

Course open for 1 hour

Packet Pick Up

2019 packet pick-up:

Friday, December 6 from 2PM-7PM at Naperville Running Company, located at 102 W. Front Street, Wheaton, Illinois 60187

Saturday, December 7 from 11AM-4PM at Main Street Pub, located at 466 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137 (Right at our Finish Line!)

Picking up someone else’s packet? Don’t forget you must bring a copy or screenshot of their registration confirmation.

Post-Shuffle Amenities

All finishers will receive a 2019 Christmas Sweater Shuffle medal to commemorate this year’s event and add to their collection in the years to come.

Refreshments, music, and access to local restaurants are part of the festivities following the Shuffle.

Most importantly, Santa will be onsite for children and adults to get their holiday wishes in before he heads back to the North Pole.

Join us following the event for a holiday breakfast at Main Street Pub! Seating is limited. There will be a visit from Santa and festive music throughout the morning. Hope to see you all there!

Route

The 2019 Christmas Sweater Shuffle begins and ends in downtown Glen Ellyn on Main Street. The rolling hills route proceeds northeast through residential areas, around Lake Ellyn before looping around Glenbard West High School on the way back to downtown. There will be one aid station around the 1.6-mile point and each mile will be marked.

Click here for course map.

The 5K (3.1 miles) distance requires everyone to complete the race in the 1-hour time limit (19 minutes/mile pace) before roads need to reopen. Please ensure that you can complete the distance in this timeframe, otherwise be prepared to move to sidewalks and follow regular pedestrian rules back to the finish.

Age Limit

Kids and adults of all ages are encouraged to participate in this Sweater Shuffle! Everyone must preregister for this race, regardless of age, and sign the electronic waiver at the time of registration.

Spectators

Spectators are able to watch Shufflers at the start, finish, or anywhere along the course. Spectators are also welcome to join in the post-event festivities. We highly encourage residents along the route to cheer on the Shufflers and show your holiday spirit. It would be great to have “holiday themed” neighborhoods in residential areas that could become annual traditions.

Prohibited Items (Bah humbug)

Safety and security is a priority to race management and everyone. For everyone’s safety and security, the following items are not allowed for this event:

  • Strollers, including any baby strollers (unless you can complete the course in the prescribed one (1) hour timeframe AND begin at the back of the start corral).
  • Any item that can be constituted as a weapon (guns, knives, etc.).
  • “Selfie” sticks and flags on poles. These items can harm others around if not maintained.
  • While we love our furry friends, please, no dogs allowed for the safety of everyone.
  • Headphones/earbuds/iPod/mp3 devices are strongly discouraged. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure they do not impair their ability to hear and detect present and potential hazards and dangers. We also advise not wearing these devices in case instructions from our course marshals and volunteers are necessary.
  • Please abide by the above rules. No one wants to end up on Santa’s naughty list!
Refund Policy

In the event the Shuffle should be cancelled for reasons beyond the control of Race Director or Event Management Company (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions, local, state or national emergency, etc.), refunds will not be made. Race packets, including beanie hats, will be available at a location to be determined. Information will be available on the race website.

No refunds for any reason will be issued for this event. Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another year. No exceptions will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this refund policy.

Weather Considerations

The Race Director, Event Management, and local Police will monitor the weather in the days and hours preceding the event. Proper protocols and contingency plans will be adhered to regarding any inclement weather including but not limited to cold temperatures, blizzard conditions, snow, ice, thunderstorms, lightening, high winds, etc. The Race Director, in consultation with local authorities holds the right to cancel, postpone, or modify the event due to inclement weather.

Directions & Parking

Start/Finish Line:

Downtown Glen Ellyn
495 N. Main Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Click link for map and directions to Glen Ellyn, IL

Start/Finish Area Parking

There is ample parking in and around the Glen Ellyn downtown area. Please review the Parking Map for nearest locations to the start and finish area.

Sponsors & Charity Partners

We’d like to give a special thanks to our sponsors and charity partners. Without their support, this event would not be possible. We definitely know who’s on Santa’s nice list!

Pete’s Fresh Market

At Pete’s Fresh Market they believe in giving you the best quality products for the best value.

They got their start in the early 1970s as a small, full-service produce stand on the south side of Chicago and have not strayed far from those humble beginnings. Produce is still the heart and soul of their business, as their fruit and vegetables continue to be hand-picked and delivered daily. Extending beyond fresh produce, each of their stores has a full service kitchen, bakery, and deli with dedicated and artistic staff. In-house butchers are at your service to answer your questions, assist in your selection, and prepare our fine meats to your exact specifications. Finally, no supermarket would be complete without aisles of your pantry essentials. We boast thousands of top quality groceries and imports, including a wide array of international, gluten-free, and organic products.

As a family owned and operated business with over 40 years of experience, Pete’s Fresh Market has stayed true to its core values: delivering the highest quality and freshest products at an honest price.

Glen Ellyn Park District

The Park District’s mission is driven to foster diverse, community based leisure opportunities, through a harmonious blend of quality recreation programs, facilities and open space which will enhance the quality of life into the future.

The Turley Realty Group

They are consistently ranked as one of the Top Real Estate Teams in the Glen Ellyn/Wheaton marketplace and recognized in the top 1% of all Realtors nationwide. They are a professional, experienced, full service staff of specialists who are committed to providing the highest level of customer service to all of their clients. They maintain a strong internet presence by utilizing the latest in cutting edge technology and employing the best marketing strategies possible.

The Turley Realty Group recognizes that buying a home or selling a home is an important investment. As a Top Dupage County Real Estate Team, they have a full-time team of specialists who will work 100% for YOU and be committed to helping YOU sell or purchase your next home. Customer Service is their #1 priority as is evident in our numerous Testimonials from our “Raving Fan” clients. Contact their Team today so we can get started!

Naperville Running Company

They love running. That’s why they’re here. But that doesn’t mean you have to. Whether you’ve run a marathon or never run a block, nothing makes them happier than helping their customers find the right shoe for your feet. They enjoy working with any customer looking for a good pair of shoes – whether you’re a runner, a walker, a triathlete, or someone who works on their feet all day.

Their staff of 28 includes moms, dads, college students, newlyweds, teachers, professionals – even a biomechanist – and they all love to run. Some of them are recreational runners and some are competitive racers. They come in all sizes, shapes and ages. Their job is to find the shoe that fits your foot and your needs. They utilize high speed video to assist in their personalized fitting process. They’ll even work with you to develop a training system.

Friends of the Glen Ellyn Parks Foundation

The Friends of Glen Ellyn Parks provide opportunities for the preservation of open space, the improvement of existing park district assets, development of recreational resources including funding scholarship opportunities to enable all residents to participate in Park District programs regardless of economic situations.

Glen Ellyn Food Pantry 

For 35 years, the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry has been distributing groceries to our neighbors in need, and most recently, distribute 750,000 pounds of fresh, nutritious, and sustainable meals to 32,000 individuals.  Staff, Board Members and volunteers alike work 5 days per week inside Grace Lutheran Church, where our Pantry is housed, assisting guests who have lost his/her job, are disabled and cannot work, are senior citizens receiving a fixed income, or simply have difficulty making ends meet for any number of reasons.  We are there for these neighbors.  We are there to be the smile in their day that they may not otherwise experience.  We laugh with them;  we cry with them.  Our guests mean as much to us as we do to them.

*If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2019 event, please contact Lacie at lacie@blisteringpace.com

Volunteer

Come and be a part of the inaugural Christmas Sweater Shuffle event!

There are plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved, be creative, and enjoy this event. Our volunteer elf is always looking for those that want to give back to their community.

All volunteers receive a FREE BEANIE HAT for volunteering. Volunteers are needed to help on event day. Please email: lacie@blisteringpace.com for more information.

Waiver

Every participant, including those five and under, will be required to sign a waiver when registering online. Waivers will also be available to sign at packet pick-up on Friday and Saturday, December 6 & 7. For those under the age of eighteen, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver.

Results

Results will be posted on the Christmas Sweater Shuffle website following the event. A link will be provided to see your 2019 results.

Charity Partners

The 2019 Christmas Sweater Shuffle, in partnership with the Glen Ellyn Park District, will be collecting non-perishable food donations on event morning for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. In addition, a percentage of event proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Glen Ellyn Parks Foundation.

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