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10th Annual

Big Elf Run

AMEX's "Top 15 World Wide Seasonal Events With A Twist"


Key Details




Pricing starts from* 

Stanley Park

December 14 2024

1k Wee Elf Run

5k, 10k 15k (5k loops)


1k $23
5k $40
10k $42

15k $45

*early bird pricing

Registration includes:

  • Personalised running Bib with custom "Elf Name"

  • Wooden Ornament Medal (from BC)

  • Elf Toque costume item

  • Measured route

  • Water station

  • Entertainment

  • "Elf-ie" station for your pre-run photos!

  • Chance to win a door prize


Join us for the 10th 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 : Bike share (free ride info below!)
Closest stations are 0101- Stanley Park Vancouver Aquarium
0209 Stanley Park Information Booth,
0105 Stanley Park Totem Poles

Ride for free (for 30 days!!)
free 30 Day Passes with the promo code: bigelfrun30 
You can activate the code anytime between Dec 4 (0:00AM) - Dec 9th (11:59PM)

Create an account on the Mobi app or through the website at

 Go to Choose a plan. Subscribe to the 30 Day Pass.

 Enter promo code: "bigelfrun30".

 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 Maps

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)

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  • 11:45: Run kit pickup Opens

  • 12:45: 1km Warm up

  • 1pm: 1km starts

  • 1:30pm: 1km Route Closed

  • 1:40pm: Awards

  • 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 $15 or pick up run kit in advance to save time precious present wrapping or decorating time! No need to check in again run day.
    $3 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:

$23 for 1km Kids Run

$40 for 5km, $42 for 10km $45 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)

Packet Pickup

Run Kits can be collected on

Thursday December 12th from 12noon to 6pm

at Kintec North Vancouver

975 Marine Dr, North Vancouver, BC V7P 1S4


 Friday December 13th 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 11:45 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!


Charity Spotlight


For the 5th year we are partnering with The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, hosting a Toy Drive at the event.

About LMCB

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


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 2024

Best Custom Elf Name: (chosen for running bib- cut off Nov12) - Kintec Gift Voucher and 2024 Big Easter Run Entry

Best Pet Costume: - Dash for Dogs Entry

Biggest Team: - Candy Canes, Hot Chocolate 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

CCIM Gift certificate x2

Mobi by Shaw Go 365 Day Plus Pass

Ready2Run Coaching gift certificate
Fresh Prep Gift Certificate

Event Info

Event Partners



Retail Partner


Sport Med BC

Training Clinic Partner



Transport Partner



Co-Entertainment Partner


the breeze 104.3

Co-Entertainment Partner

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Media Partner



Photography Partner

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Anywhere Vancouver

Media Partner


Hornby Organic

Nutrition Partner


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