Selfless Elf 5k

Dec 18, 2021

Race Results

Join us for our ninth annual Selfless Elf 5k on Saturday, December 18, 2021. This will be an exciting way to embrace the season and wrap up our Holiday Campaign! Dress in your favorite festive holiday-themed costumes or running gear and run or walk the 3.1-mile course, beginning and ending at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

6:30am Registration begins
8:00am Race begins at the
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
350 Opportunity Pkwy, Akron OH 44307

$35 Advance Registration
$40 Day-of Registration

REGISTER Register online until 7:00am on Dec. 18

  • Early Packet Pickup is on Friday, December 17, 2021: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Located at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank (350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron, OH 44307)
  • Race Day Packet Pickup is on Saturday, December 18, 2021: 6:30am - 7:45am
    Located at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank (350 Opportunity Parkway, Akron, OH 44307)

Questions? Please email or call 330.535.6900.

Scroll down for important details regarding:

1. Packet Pickup

Early Packet Pickup will be on Friday, December 17, 2021 from 4pm-6pm at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank (350 Opportunity Pkwy, Akron, OH 44307).

You may also pick up your packet on race day, Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 6:30am-7:45am at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank (350 Opportunity Pkwy, Akron, OH 44307).

Please bring the QR code that was emailed to you on your phone or on paper for quick pickup! This is not required.

2. Parking

Please plan to arrive early to provide ample time to find parking. We have secured multiple areas for parking. Lot A has the largest number of parking spaces at the Akron Urban League. Handicapped parking and parking for guests with small children will be located in Lot B in the shipping & receiving parking lot of the Foodbank. Please do not park in the grass, or block any entrances or garage doors at any of these locations.

Please note that Dart Avenue will close at 7:30am to prepare for the race.


3. Course Route & Race Details

The race starts and ends at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank’s Main Campus located at 350 Opportunity Pkwy, Akron, OH 44307. The race will begin promptly at 8am and take participants through downtown Akron. Our race is runner, walker, child and stroller friendly. This race will be chip-timed at both the start and finish lines by EnMotive and will count as the first race toward the 2022 Subway Challenge Series.


4. COVID Precautions

We are so thankful to be able to hold this event in person after a fully virtual race last year. Please note that masks are required, regardless of vaccination status, when social distancing is not possible. Masks for participants are optional while running or walking the race route.

Packet pickup will be spaced out on the distribution dock to allow for more distancing. Weather permitting, the dock doors will be open on race day to allow for additional air circulation and social distancing. The race is chip-timed at both the start and finish lines, so we encourage participants to spread out at the start line.

5. Awards & Race Results

To minimize crowds, the majority of awards will be mailed to winners after the race. Please scan the QR code on your bib or visit the EnMotive Hub to see race results and download free race photos. Please share these free photos with family and friends on social media using #ACRFB.

If you would like to enter the contest to win the Most Dashing (best dressed) award, please be sure to have your photo taken at the photo booth area before you leave. The winner will be announced after the race.

  • 5k Run/Walk Awards:
    Top 3 Male & 3 Female Overall
    Top 3 Male & 3 Female per Age Group in 0-9, 10-14, 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & Up
  • 5k Competitive Walk Awards:
    Top 3 Male & 3 Female Overall
    Top 2 Male & 2 Female per Age Group in 0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 & Up
  • Additional Awards:
    Most Dashing (Best dressed) and Top VIP Elf (Top fundraiser)


6. Attire

We encourage all runners to dress for the weather and add some elf flare to their outfit! Your long-sleeve shirt and striped-elf socks will be available in your runner bag to wear on race day. We look forward to seeing you spread holiday cheer through the streets of Akron! Also, additional socks and race shirts will be available for $5 each at our Vintage Apparel table while supplies last. Cash, check or credit card is accepted.

7. Personal Belongings

The Foodbank does not have space available to store personal belongings during the race. Please leave anything you don’t want to leave unattended in your vehicle.

8. Limited Restrooms

While we have portable restrooms conveniently located outside the Foodbank, indoor restrooms and changing areas will be unavailable on the morning of the race.

9. Four-Legged Friends

For the safety of all participants, this is a dog-free event. We appreciate your continued support of the Foodbank and the Selfless Elf 5k, and we’ve greatly enjoyed opening the event to our furry friends in the past! Unfortunately, due to an incident, we had to reconsider including dogs in the race. Though we realize not all dogs cause issues, the safety and well-being of the children and families in attendance are our top priority. Thank you for understanding.

10. Athlete Updates

Get real time messages sent to your mobile phone that update you on the athletes you're following while they are participating in the event on race day. If you signed up for text timing updates during the registration process, your cell phone number has been already added!



Thank You Sponsors

Interested in being a Selfless Elf sponsor? Please contact Corporate Relationship Specialist, Kee'Auna Cherry-Parker at or 330.436.3178 to learn about our sponsorship levels and opportunities.






Jesse W. Hurst CFP, Impel Wealth Management
Marcum LLP, Foundation
Wayne Homes


Kastner Westman & Wilkins
Lake Erie Electric

Additional support

City of Akron
Physicians Ambulance
Planet Fitness - Stow
Smith Dairy
The Summit
Whole Foods