Vancouver to mark Christmas with Big Elf Run

December 18, 2018 by  

The city of Vancouver is home to many of Canada’s biggest long-distance runs, and this Christmas season will include a festive run.

The fourth-annual Big Elf Run is a fundraising event designed to support Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Runners can sign-up and attract pledges for a one-kilometre Wee Elf Run, the classic 5k, or the 10k Big Elf run.

The run will take place on December 22, delayed from an earlier date due to wind warnings. The route will begin at Lumberman’s Arch and continue in and around Vancouver’s scenic Stanley Park.

Those who register in advance for a premium package can receive a souvenir medal, a set of Woolie figures and a ‘Fun Pack’, while all who sign up will get a special elf name and toque. The top racers will be timed and given awards for speed – but for those who are less competitive, walking is also an option.

The West Coast’s mild weather and extensive green space often draws athletes and outdoorspeople to Vancouver and surrounding cities like Burnaby and North Vancouver. This makes the area the site of many big annual runs like the summer’s Sun Run and the brutal Tough Mudder.

Charitable runs such as these often advertise through poster printing and promotional products, and typically involve runners collecting pledges from friends and family for a good cause and to shore up their resolve.

Running Tours, the company that sponsors the Big Elf Runs, organizes similarly colourful events like the Big Easter Run, Big Fiesta Run and Big Superhero Run.