Dress in your favorite, festive holiday-themed costume and join us for the 11th annual Selfless Elf 5k run/walk benefiting the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Enjoy a morning of fun for the entire family as we raise funds and awareness for people struggling with hunger in our community. Strollers are permitted at this event.
6:30am Registration begins
8:00am Race begins at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
350 Opportunity Pkwy, Akron OH 44307
Become a VIP Elf
Channel your festive energy as a VIP Elf. VIP Elves collect $250+ for the Foodbank. Simply create an online fundraising page and share the link via email and on social media. You can also collect cash and checks and deliver them to the Foodbank on packet pickup day with a pledge form. VIP Elves make a significant impact for our neighbors facing hunger. When every $1 can provide enough food for 4 meals, VIP Elves can truly make a difference. As a thank you, VIP Elves will receive a special apparel item, in addition to the long-sleeve t-shirt and iconic elf socks.
Thank you Sponsors
- Buckeye Corrugated
- Equitable/Lakeside Financial
- ForeverLawn, Inc.
- Lake Erie Electric, Inc.
- Marcum LLP
- Summit Federal Credit Union
- Tire Source
Important Event Details
Early packet pickup will be on Friday, December 15, 2023 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 at the Foodbank, Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 6:30am-7:45am.
Please bring the QR code that was emailed to you on your phone or on paper for quick pickup! This is not required.
Participants are allowed to pick up packets for friends and family.
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 those with small children will be located in Lot B. Please do not park in the grass or block doors or garage doors at any of these locations.
Please note that Dart Avenue will close at 7:30am to prepare for the race.
Course Route & Race Details
The race starts and ends at the 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.
Awards & Race Results
The awards ceremony will recognize the top two male and female runners and walkers overall, the top two female and male runners and walkers in each age category, and the Most Dashing (best dressed) and Top VIP Elf (top fundraiser). Award categories are listed on the EnMotive Hub.
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.
We encourage all participants 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.
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.
While we have portable restrooms conveniently located outside the Foodbank, indoor restrooms and changing areas will be unavailable on the morning of the race.
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.
If you signed up for text timing updates during the registration process, your cell phone number has already been added!