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Fun Ugly Sweater Holiday Run


HOLIDAY RUN – 10 a.m. Race through Cooperstown in your ugliest holiday sweater. Runners receive free coffee/hot chocolate upon completion. Registration 8:30 – 9:30. Cost, $25/individual. Start at Santa’s house, Pioneer Park, Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-2800 or visit

Ugly Sweaters, Good Humor Abound At Cooperstown 4K

Ugly Sweaters, Good Humor

Abound At Cooperstown 4K

It was ugly. Participating in today’s Ugly Sweater 4K & Walk today in Cooperstown included, in top photo, Benjamin Kelly of Otego, right, his sister, Anoel Kelly of Cooperstown (in a not-so-ugly number) and their friend David Chase. Lower left, Cooperstown’s Frank Wilsey, right, who came in second, high-fives winner Mark Stephenson (24:57), left, and third-place Bill Slentz, Sherburne, center. Lower right, Oneonta’s Lydia Dillon races across the finish line, coming in second in the women’s division after Sarah Renaud of Oxford.  The event is sponsored by the Clark Sports Center and the Coopertown Chamber of Commerce.  (28:03) (Jim Kevlin/

Home For The Holidays Parade

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HOLIDAY PARADE – 10 a.m.-Noon. Join area businesses, organizations, as well as Santa, Elsa, and Anna for a fun parade. Line up at 10, parade begins 11. Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2941 or visit

HOLIDAY RUN – Noon. Pull out your ugliest holiday sweater. It’s the Rockin’ Around Cooperstown Ugly Sweater Run/Walk. Check 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a hot chocolate or beer upon completion. Cost $25/individual. Begin at Santa’s House, Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2800 or visit


Run Of The Ugly Sweaters

At 3 p.m. In Cooperstown


To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

UGLY SWEATER RUN – There’s still time to take in the Ugly Sweater Run:  It departs at 3 p.m. from Pioneer Park in downtown Cooperstown.  (The listing incorrectly reported 1:30 p.m.)  Info,

CONCERT – 7 p.m. Juice Newton performs her greatest hits. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St. Oneonta. Info,  List to “Angel in the Morning.”

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. featuring quality, handmade crafts by local and regional crafters. Free admission. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine pkwy, Oneonta.

PTA HOLIDAY BREAKFAST/MARKET – 8 a.m.-Noon Cooperstown Elementary School,  21 Walnut St, Cooperstown. Info,

UGLY Comes To Cooperstown

UGLY Comes To Cooperstown:

87 Runners, Walkers, Plus Sweaters, Vie For Ugliest

By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal

Edition of Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014


The fastest female, Melissa Swislosky, Mount Upton, finishes the Ugly Sweater 5K in 27:24; Oneonta’s Kyle Breier took top honors at 25:41. (The Freeman's Journal)
The fastest female, Melissa Swislosky, Mount Upton, finishes the Ugly Sweater 5K in 27:24; Oneonta’s Kyle Breier took top honors at 25:41. (The Freeman’s Journal)

It was a wooly and wild weekend in Cooperstown. Things got pretty ugly for a bit, but everyone still had a great time.

Some 90 runners and walkers, plus spectators aplenty, attended the belated Rockin’ Around Cooperstown Ugly Sweater Run Saturday, Dec. 13, bringing out their Santa Snuggies, reindeer sweatshirts and sweaters bedecked with bows, jingle bells and even working Christmas lights. “We had a great turnout,” said Matt Hazzard, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We had a community that rallied behind the event, despite the weather – because people are interested in new things here.”

Though the race had been originally scheduled for the Saturday before, ice forced Hazzard to delay the event for a week.

Originally, the run had been planned as an all-day event, with music, a pug kissing booth, sleigh rides and a competition for who had the ugliest sweater, judged by The Farmers’ Museum’s own Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

The contest did happen, and Hazzard’s wife Stephanie won ugliest sweater prize for a white Santa cardigan, and the downtown fun ended just in time to piggyback onto The Candlelight Evening at The Farmers’ Museum.

Kyle Breier, Oneonta, won the 5K in 25:41. The fastest female was Melissa Swislosky, Mount Upton, who finished in 27:34.

Christmas About To Become Ugly – For Fun Of It

Christmas About To Become Ugly – For Fun Of It

By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal

Edition of Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Matt Hazzard gets in the spirit of the season (Jim Kevlin/The Freeman's Journal)
Matt Hazzard gets in the spirit of the season (Jim Kevlin/The Freeman’s Journal)

Matt Hazzard still thinks fondly on the Ugly Sweater That Got Away.

“It had Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in Christmas hats next to a tree,” he said. “It was fantastic.”

It didn’t survive the trip from Colorado to Cooperstown, but it is in that holiday spirit that the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and the Clark Sports Center have teamed up for the Rockin’ Around Cooperstown Ugly Sweater Walk/Run and Downtown Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 6 – aka St. Nick’s day.

“Ugly sweaters have come back into style,” he said. “It’s a retro thing. We all have them, and now we have an opportunity to put them to good use.”

He’d heard of similar races, but after doing some research, he saw the nearest one was in New York City.
The four-mile run and two-mile walk will start at 12:30, (and Main Street will be closed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to encourage pedestrian activity.) Participants will each get a Santa hat and bells, “So they can jingle all the way around Cooperstown!” said Hazzard.

Participants also get a coupon for a free coffee or hot chocolate from Stagecoach Coffee or a free Ommegang beer from Cooley’s. “It helps brings supporters to local businesses and restaurants,” he said.

More than 100 have already registered for the race, but Hazzard expects more will register the day of. And when the race is over, there’s still plenty to do, including sleigh rides, a pooch kissing booth benefiting the SSPCA, music by Bourbon & Branch and Scattered Flurries, and the annual Pathfinder Village bell choir concert at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

But don’t think you can take off that ugly sweater when the race is run – the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, taking time off from their performances of “A Christmas Carol” at the Farmers’ Museum, will be on hand to judge who’s sweater reigns supreme.

“We had Santa last weekend and Light Up Cooperstown the weekend after,” said Hazzard. “Having this means we have three wonderful weekends to celebrate the holiday season here in Cooperstown.”

But he has a tough choice to make this Saturday. “I’ve got an ugly sweater, but I also have an entire one-piece pajama outfit!” he said. “I’ve got an important decision to make.”

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