Selfless Elf marks 10 years

Selfless Elf marks 10 years

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The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Selfless Elf 5k. Community members are invited to run or walk the 3.1-mile course beginning and ending at the food bank’s main campus in Akron on Dec. 17. Race participants are encouraged to dress in holiday-themed costumes and running gear.

The race is one of the food bank’s signature events and is a celebration of the culmination of its holiday campaign. It’s a way for the community to support individuals and families in the region struggling with hunger.

“As more families experience hardships because of inflation and the increased costs of basic essentials, we’re extremely grateful for our community of supporters,” said Dan Flowers, food bank president and CEO. “We’ve been forced to purchase a significant amount of food this year because of inflation and supply-chain issues, and we’re able to do that because of the generosity of this gracious community. Selfless Elf is one more way the community can engage with and support its food bank.”

This family-friendly event includes holiday music throughout the warehouse, carolers along the race route and a photo booth so families can commemorate the event.

Race participants will receive the elf socks and shirt, and new this year, jingle bells will be available. The first 500 registrants also will receive red and white striped gloves and a Christmas bulb headband that lights up. An awards ceremony will highlight the top overall male and female runners and competitive walkers, Most Dashing (best dressed), and Top VIP Elf (top fundraiser).

NJM Insurance Group and Shearer’s Snacks sponsor the event.

Dogs are no longer permitted at the event as the safety and well-being of the children and families in attendance are the top priority.

Visit for more information or to register as a race participant. Onsite registration will begin at the food bank at 6:30 a.m. on race day, and the race will start at 8 a.m.