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Rotary After Hours Ugly Sweater 5k this Saturday

The family-friendly, festive, holiday-themed fundraiser runs from Myrick Park through lit trails to end in Riverside Park’s Rotary Lights.



Join Rotary Club of La Crosse-After Hours Saturday, December 2, 2023 for The 17th Annual Ugly Sweater 5K.
The Ugly Sweater 5K is not just a race; it’s an experience. A family-friendly, festive, holiday-themed event in La Crosse, as well as a competitive race for those looking for one.

The 5K starts at Myrick Park at 4:15pm and ends at the Riverside Park Rotary Lights display, featuring over three million dazzling holiday lights.

Participants will traverse beautifully lit paved trails, with some holiday inflatables along the way.

After the run/walk, participants can join in the fun with their ugly sweater contest, live music, and refreshments.

A post-race award ceremony is held in the Ice Castle (heated tent) at Rotary Lights with hot chocolate, music by Tom Conrad, and tasty treats for participants, family, and friends.

The Ugly Sweater 5k is the primary fundraiser for the Rotary of La Crosse-After Hours Club (RAH). As a proud part of Rotary International, their club is dedicated to supporting local and international community service projects.
One of their recent local initiatives involved providing funding for the purchase of a greenhouse at Northside Elementary in La Crosse. Their club plans to volunteer their time and effort when the greenhouse arrives to help build it.

Additionally, they’ve been actively involved in serving food for Monday Meals at Trinity Lutheran Church, volunteering at local events, and delivering food for Mobile Meals. They are also committed to contributing to Rotary International’s mission to eradicate polio worldwide. These are just a few highlights showcasing the vibrancy of the club’s activities.

Registration is available online HERE.

Children 10 and under: Free with a non-perishable food item
Ages 11-15: $15
Ages 16+: $35 in advance; $40 same-day registration
Virtual: $30

The event is also in need of a few more volunteers. Community members interested in joining the fun can sign up HERE.

A shuttle will be running from Riverside Park (location: 333 N. Front St., La Crosse – old Century Link building) to Myrick Park Main Shelter. 

  • Riverside Park to Myrick Park
    • Leaving Riverside Park at 3:15 and 3:45 pm
  • Myrick Park to Riverside Park
    • Leaving Myrick Park at 4:45 pm
  • Riverside Park to Myrick Park
    • Leaving Riverside Park at 5:15, 5:45, 6:15 and 6:45 pm

Tracy has worked at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 2004. She is half of the Z93 Morning Buzz with Brittany and Ballzer and coordinates Z93's charity, Zcare. She writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse and announces for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem Roller Derby team.

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