Only ten days left till Vancouver’s annual Big Elf Run! The holiday-themed run is happening in Stanley Park on December 10th.
The Elf Run takes you around Stanley Park, starting at Lumberman’s Arch. Walk or run through the beautiful trees in the park, and then end up alongside the gorgeous Vancouver Seawall, and loop back to the Arch.
Sign up for the 5k if you want to do the course once or the 10k or 15k if you want to run it twice or thrice. There’s also an option for a 1k walk earlier in the afternoon. And you can bring your dogs (on a leash) or a stroller if needed.
You’ll be running alongside your friends, family, and hundreds of elves to get you in the Christmas spirit. All participants are encouraged to dress up to match the festivity.
Included in your registration fee are an elf name bib, an elf toque, a wooden ornament medal to commemorate the day, and a souvenir when you cross the finish line. The fastest elves win a Kintec gift voucher and a coaching voucher for Ready2Run. If running isn’t your forte, you could still win other prizes. The best costume (or elf-it) wins credit for Modo Car Share; there’s also a prize for the best pet costume and five door prizes you could win.
Before you start the run, head to the elf-ie station for a festive photo and the chance to win a free entry to the Big Jungle Run in March. After you’ve crossed the finish line, it’s time to party, hang out, enjoy the DJ, or check out their vendor stands.
For this year’s event, the Elf Run is teaming up with the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau and hosting a toy drive at the event, so consider bringing something to help out.
Registration for the Elf Run is open until December 7th, but there are less than 100 spots left, so you better sign up fast if you’re interested! Pro tip: register with a group of at least four, and everyone gets 15% off their registration fee!