The 3rd Annual Corridor Running Ugly “Sweat”er Social and Fun Run was a success!! Runners, walkers, bakers and hot chocolate drinkers came together on December 14, 2019 to showcase their outfits and cookies all while raising funds for Shelter House – Iowa City.

At 1 PM everyone gathered at Big Grove Brewery. Surprisingly the seasonal temperatures didn’t keep many people away. Announcements took place including instructions on the route and the return of the scavenger hunt! Everyone took off towards the Trueblood Recreational area.

Upon returning to the brewery it was time to sample the hot chocolate bar, visit with Santa and place votes for their favorite cookie. Scavenger hunt items were collected and donated to Shelter House, then redeemed for prizes.

The sun decided to shine on the ugly sweater contest, entries were narrowed down by popular vote. Then the final decision was made by the judges. The Christmas tree outfit pulled ahead as the winner!

Then it was time to announce the winner of the cookie contest. This year participants were digging the scotcheroo cookie! Coming in a close second was the pistachio cookie.

The fun and festivities were coming to an end, and we learned more about Shelter House and what they offer Iowa City, including a low barrier winter shelter.

At the end of the day we had raised $260 dollars in cash and check. Items such as hats, pillows, and toiletry kits were also collected. In addition to the event donations, we were able to collect $330 through Giving Tuesday and Facebook. This is a total of $595, which Corridor Running will match.

In total, the 2019 Ugly “Sweat”er Run has donated $1,190.00 to Shelter House Iowa City. This translates into being able to help 47 people. ($25 will sponsor 1 night of shelter; a bed to sleep in and food to eat for a single person.) The club is excited to help Shelter House with their mission to get people back on their feet, and Shelter House is in line with the club’s mission to give back through running.

We are excited for what’s to come in 2020. Start planning those ugly sweaters and testing your cookie recipes!

Thank you Shelter House, Big Grove Brewery, and Heartland Soles for making the event a success.

Shelter House is always accepting donations online and physical items. Please follow their Facebook feed and be on the look out for their greatest needs on Tuesdays.