Big Elf Run
AMEX's "Top 15 World Wide Seasonal Events With A Twist"
Pricing starts from*
December 9th 2023
1km Wee Elf Run
5k, 10k 15k (5k loops)
*early bird pricing
Personalised running Bib with custom "Elf Name"
Wooden Ornament Medal (from BC)
Elf Toque costume item
"Elf-ie" station for your pre-run photos!
Chance to win a door prize
Join us for the 9th annual Big Elf Run.
This holiday themed run offers a 5km/10km/15km Big Elf Run/Walk (2pm) as well as a 1km Wee Elf Run/Walk (1pm) around scenic Stanley Park.
Run with hundreds of elves, enjoy a DJ, “elfie station”, prize giveaways and more.
The Big Elf Run tours picturesque Stanley Park. Starting at Lumberman's Arch, the course winds its way along paths surrounded by old oak trees before looping onto the seawall with hallmark views of Coal Harbour and the Burrard Inlet.
With few inclines, and mainly paved paths, everyone is assured a beautiful and accessible run, jog or walk. The route is suitable for all ages and abilities. Leashed dogs and strollers welcome (both please start in final wave)
Event Location- Start/Finish Area
Lumbermans Arch, Stanley Park
3301 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC
How to get there
The site is easily accessible by local transit, as well as by bicycle and walking via local trails and bike lanes.
Transit: Closest stop is Bus 19 (Stanley Park/Metrotown) with a stop in the park at the Bus Loop.
A number of Express Bus services stop at Georgia & Denman where you can switch to Bus 19 for the final short hop into the park.
Mobi by Shaw Go: Bike share (free ride info below!)
Closest stations are 0101- Stanley Park Vancouver Aquarium
0209 Stanley Park Information Booth.
Ride for free!!! using code bigelfrun24hr
Create an account on the Mobi app or through the website at mobibikes.ca.
Go to Choose a plan and select 24 Hour Pass.
Enter promo code: "bigelfrun24hr".
Check email for User Code to unlock a bike."
If you are planning on driving please car share, both for the environment and to allow plenty of space for fellow participants and park users.
Parking is available in the park and you can pay using the Easy Park App with location "3696" check metres for current rates.
Route/s subject to change
Runners/walkers will need to complete the route within 2 hours.
1km Route (clickable map coming soon)
5k loop (clickable map coming soon)
11:30: Check-In Opens
12:45: 1km Warm up
1pm: 1km starts
1:30pm: 1km Route Closed
1:45pm: 5km, 10km* & 15km* Warm Up
2:00pm: 5km, 10km* & 15km* Starts
4:00pm: Route Closed
*5km = 1 loop.
Choose Run Kit Mail Out for $9 or pick up race kit in advance to save time precious present wrapping or decorating time! No need to check in again run day.
$2 convenience fee to collect on run day.
Event Day Run Kit Pick Up: Arrive 1 hour before Run time
Bring a water bottle for easy hydration fill up!
Early bird pricing begins at:
$20 for 1km Kids Run
$35 for 5km, 10km distances $37 for 15km
Discounts available for group bundles of 4+
Save 15% on each entry when registering in one transaction, discount automatically applied!
Under 18's receive a max entry fee of $26 for 5k and 10k routes (auto applied)
$9 Run kit mail out (cut off date 2 weeks prior to event)
Run Kits can be collected on
Thursday December 7th from 12noon to 6pm
at Kintec North Vancouver
975 Marine Dr, North Vancouver, BC V7P 1S4
Friday December 8th from 12noon to 6pm
at Kintec Broadway
1201 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G7
Store discounts during Packet pickup hours
Please bring ID, You can pickup for fellow participants with permission.
Otherwise please arrive between 11:30 and 1:30pm to collect your pack on run day
Not able to take part this year?
Sign up to volunteer and receive a discount on a future entry upon completion of your volunteer shift!
For the 5th year we are partnering with The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, hosting a Toy Drive at the event.
Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau has been making Christmas for kids since 1930. Christmas is about family and friends. It is about sharing and giving. Christmas should be a happy time for everyone, especially for children. The LMCB distributes toys, clothes and food vouchers to over 1000 low income families in Vancouver during the holiday season.
Challenge your team to a record of gifts to make kids happy on Christmas.
Find out more at www.lmcb.ca
Most prizing is provided by businesses based in BC or Vancouver, so should awards be won by anyone living outside this area (unable to redeem them) they will be substituted with a free entry to a future Big Fun Run Series Virtual or in-person run.
Fastest Elves- Kintec Gift Voucher & Ready2Run Coaching Gift Voucher
Best Elf-it:(Costume) - Modo Car Share credit
Best Elf-ie: (Selfie) - 1x Free entry to Big Jungle Run
Best Custom Elf Name: (chosen for running bib- cut off Nov12) - Kintec Gift Voucher and 2023 Big Elf Run Entry
Best Pet Costume: - Dash for Dogs Entry
Biggest Team: - Candy Canes and Kudos!
Mr/Mrs Claus:- Awarded by the previous winner to someone in the community who does great work for the running community! Prize announced at event.
Door Prizes include:-
Entry to Icebreaker 8k x2,
Entry to Big Easter Run,
Entry to Big Pirate Run
Modo driving credit
CCIM Gift certificate x2
Mobi by Shaw Go 365 Day Plus Pass
Ready2Run Coaching gift certificate