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Runners will dash through downtown Akron to benefit Foodbank

Dec 13, 2018

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is expecting nearly 1,000 community members to bundle up and brave the weather to participate in the sixth annual Selfless Elf 5k run and walk on Dec. 22, 2018. Race participants will be dressed in festive, holiday-themed costumes and running gear, and will run or walk the 3.1-mile course beginning and ending at the Foodbank.

The race is a cornerstone of the Foodbank’s annual Holiday Campaign and is a great way for the community to support the individuals and families in the region struggling with hunger this holiday season. This year’s campaign goal is to provide more than 7 million meals by the end of the year.

“The Selfless Elf race is a great, family-friendly event that truly highlights the spirit of giving and commitment we see from our community this time of year,” said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Foodbank. “We believe everyone deserves to share a heart-warming meal during the holidays. Thank you for helping us make this a reality for so many of our neighbors facing hunger, and for your continued support of the Foodbank!”

On race day, Santa will be onsite for pictures, families will enjoy live music from Celebration in Sound DJ service and carolers along the race route. The awards ceremony will highlight competitive runners and walkers in each age category, as well as Most Dashing (best dressed), and Top VIP Elf (top fundraiser). The event is fun for the entire family!

A special thank you to title sponsor InfoCision, and platinum sponsors Community Health Care and Campbell Construction.

Please note, though we’ve enjoyed opening the run to our furry friends in the past, dogs are no longer permitted at the event, as the safety and wellbeing of the children and families in attendance are the top priority.

Visit for additional information or to register as a race participant. Registration begins at the Foodbank at 6:30am, and the race starts promptly at 8:00am.