First Ugly Sweater Santa Shuffle A Hit

Tetford and Brufatto win first Ugly Sweater fun run

MacIsaac  takes top style points for most unfashionable Grinch


There were 60 runners fighting off the chill wearing their most un-fashionable  sweaters and sweatshirts at the first Ugly Sweater Santa Shuffle in Sydney’s north end Sunday morning.


The usual (and somewhat unusual) assortment of Cape Breton Road Runners, Cape Breton Barbarians and Framework Racers were taking part in a fun run designed to generate toys for the children of Transition House. Instead of charging the regular registration fee, organizers Wendy Martin of CBC Radio and Tera Camus of Framework Cycle & Fitness asked all participants to bring toys suitable for children aged newborn to teen.


Joey Tetford, looking pretty strong but hideous in his chez-Christmas- sparkly-garland-designed sweater, was first to cross the finish line where the 5 km race began outside Governor’s Restaurant just over the 18 minute mark. Hot on his heels seconds later were Dean Simon and Herbie Sakalauskas. Those boys looked quite, um dashing. That vest may give us nightmares.


Glace Bay’s Judy Brufatto, decked out in her ever-so-stylish Christmas bells and toys, was not too far behind taking first place honors at the finish while Rebecca Walker and Erin Pyke-Forsey held hands and skipped across the finish laughing for second and third, respectively.


Race winners Joey Tetford and Judy Brufatto

Top awards for most interesting, creative and/or down right ugly sweater, was Francis MacIsaac for his Grinch inspired ensamble that featured a stuffed toy grimacing Grinch at his neck that appeared to hold onto a team of reindeer on his chest. He won a free delicious brunch at Governor’s following the race. 


There were many other fun, seriously ugly and interesting fashionistas who deserve special honorable mention, setting the standard to beat next Christmas, including:  Joey Tetford (god what were you thinking),  Julie Curwin (burn that outfit), Erin Neville (good gravy), Herbie Sakalauskas (we may never sleep again), and to Collette and Bill Smith of Glace Bay (fashionably funny). You can find these standouts in the photos below.


Francis MacIsaac won top style points for his most Ugly Grinch-inspired Sweater

Loot collected from participants included everything from good ol’ cash, to stuffed bears and other animals,  air hockey sets, baby dolls, Barbies, action jeeps and dinkies, many games like Monopoly, Cranium, Trouble, The Apprentice, as well as an assortment of Fisher Price toys,  multiple Playskool toys like Form Fitters, Punching Bedbugs, a Furry Frenzies Stage set, coloring sets, painting sets, other dolls, and even a Spiderman doll and so much more. Your generosity was so kind. We know it will help many families in need of a little joy in their lives. Everything will be delivered by Wendy and Tera to Transition House Monday,Dec. 17.


We hope you will return with a friend  next December 2013 when we host our second Ugly Sweater fun run for  the kids of Transition House.


Thank you everyone,

Wendy and Tera












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