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A scene from last year’s event. Courtesy of Friends of White Park.




White Park’s Ugly Sweater 5K and Winter Carnival

When: Saturday, Jan. 21; 5K begins at 10:30 a.m., winter carnival activities from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: White Park, 1 White St., Concord
Cost: $30 per person to register for the 5K; Winter Carnival is free and open to the public
Visit: whiteparkuglysweater5k.com




Dress ugly
Ugly Sweater 5K and Winter Carnival returns to White Park

01/19/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 You might not want to stow away your favorite ugly holiday sweater just yet — the second annual Ugly Sweater 5K returns to White Park in Concord Saturday, Jan. 21, followed by the Winter Carnival. The two events will feature face painting, games, a bonfire and chances to win prizes, including an award to be given out for the ugliest sweater of 2017. 

This year’s events are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, with the race beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the carnival from noon to 4 p.m.
The race is being co-sponsored by the Friends of White Park and the City of Concord’s Parks and Recreation Department. Race director and Friends of White Park board member Sarah Beauregard said the event serves as a fundraiser for the replacement and maintenance of the city’s Monkey Around public playground, which was built by volunteers in June 1994 and is due for major renovations.
“We discussed ways to raise money and decided to tie the 5K into the Winter Carnival, which has been going on for more than 20 years now,” Beauregard said. “The new playground is in the city’s budget for 2018, but we’re really kind of there to make sure it is safe and up to date, because there will always be maintenance that will be needed.”
This year’s 5K will start and end on White Street, which will be shut down for the duration of the event, Beauregard said. The route travels east on Beacon Street before turning west in the direction of Bishop Brady High School, passing the school and looping around via Penacook and Auburn streets, and finally returning to White Park, where the Winter Carnival will begin shortly after.
All activities during the carnival are open to the public, and Beauregard said you don’t have to sign up for the race to participate in them.
“At the park, there will be open ice skating and a little kid zone where you’ll get to play games like tossing a ball into the belly of a picture of a penguin to ‘feed the penguins,’” she said. “There will also be a snowman-building competition and the winner will be announced at around 3:30 p.m.”
Other activities include face painting from 1 to 2 p.m., an ice skating race at 2:30 p.m. and a bonfire from 1 to 4 p.m. The sledding hill will also be open for sledding throughout the day and local food vendors will be on hand to serve hot chocolate and snacks.
Prizes will be given out to the top three overall race finishers and the top three in four different age groups. Beauregard said these have included gift certificates to several businesses in and around Concord like Capitol Craftsman & Romance Jewelers, Joe King’s Shoe Shop, Viking House, Things Are Cooking and others. Free hats will be given to the first 300 registrants.
“The award for the ugliest sweater will also get a plaque that I made that says the ‘Ugliest Sweater of 2017,’” she said.
In the event of extreme cold or inclement weather, both the race and carnival will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4. 





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