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5th Annual Selfless Elf 5K Run/Walk

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 
Time: TBD
Location: Horseheads, NY - Starting line at Horseheads High School
Route: click here to view last year's route

Join the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and our mascot, Jingles the Elf, to run or walk to end hunger in the wonderful Village of Horseheads! The registration donation is $30 per person 5 years and older


This event is for everyday runners, serious runners and walkers alike. Selfless Elf is family friendly and we hope it will add to your holiday spirit of giving! We invite participants to dress up in their favorite festive holiday gear.

Want to donate to a runner? Click here to be directed to the personal fundraising page

Thank you, Selfless Elves, for a great Selfless Elf 5K!
A very special thank you to the Village of Horseheads, Horseheads Police,
Horseheads High School and our many sponsors and volunteers.

2017 Event Communications

In the month leading up to the Selfless Elf 5K, we'll send weekly emails with event highlights and details. Haven't received yours or missed the first few? Click othe links below to see the email:

One day to go! Packet pickup today Corning Wegmans; tomorrow at Horseheads High School!

Two days to go! Final details and updates!

Two weeks to go! Details, answers and updates!

Three weeks to go! Schedule, packet pick up and event festivities!

Four weeks to go! Check out the new route and event t-shirt!

2017 Details & FAQs

The entry fee is $30 per person 5 years and older (Shirt size is guaranteed with registrations by November 7th, 2017. After November 7th shirt sizes are first come, first serve.) 

Registration is limited and will close on November 20th, so sign up soon! Registration and donations are tax-deductible, non-transferable, and non-refundable.

Every runner will receive an event t-shirt, striped elf socks, swag bag, customized bib and finisher medal made by Cameron Manufacturing & Design! Instant results provided by Chronotrack. A finish line celebration will be held in Teal Park.

Can I run with my pet?
We're sad to say no pets are permitted at the Self Elf due to safety and liability concerns.

Do children under 5 years of age need to register?
The Selfless Elf 5K is a family-friendly event and children under 5 are welcome to participate in the event at no cost. However, only registered participants will receive an event shirt, striped elf socks, and a timed race result.

How do I make sure to get event updates?
Imporant event announcements will be shared via email and the Food Bank's facebook page. When you register, please provide your correct email address. 

How do I create or join a team?
It’s easy! If you want to create a team, simply add your team name to your online registration form. If you have a large group (20+), please contact Katherine Strawser at to organize a group packet pick up. 

I want to do more to end hunger in my community! How do I fundraise?
If want to gather even more support in your run/walk against hunger, you can fundraise! Set up a fundraising page online after you register using everydayhero. Check it out here. Set a goal of your choosing and share your page with friends and family via email and social media. Every penny counts in our work to end hunger in the Southern Tier. 

Want to donate to a runner? Click here to be directed to the personal fundraising pages. 

What do I wear?
We encourage all participants to dress up in their favorite festive holiday-themed costumes for the event!  Awards will be given for best dressed individual and team.

Are there awards?
Yes! There are awards for:

  • Overall winners, male and female.
  • First place in each age bracket, male and female: 5 and under, 6-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 plus.
  • Best-dressed male, female, and group 
  • Top fundraising team and individual

I’m not a runner, can I volunteer?
We will need plenty of volunteer support to make Selfless Elf a success! Contact Jennifer Burbank, Volunteer Coordinator, or register online at

Why is the event in Horseheads this year?
With our growing popularity, we needed more space for our elves and their families to stay safe, run on closed roads, and still have fun, while raising money for our neighbors in need! Our hosts at the Village of Horseheads and Horseheads School District are super excited to welcome all the Selfless Elves this year!

Where do the proceeds of this event go?
All proceeds benefit the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. For every $1 donation, the Food Bank can provide 3 meals to our neighbors in need this holiday season. With 1 in 7 residents relying on the Food Bank each year, every dollar makes a difference!

Do you have youth size t-shirts?
We do! New this year, we offer Youth size t-shirts sizes small through large. Thanks for the great suggestion to improve our event for our smallest elves!

What is Jingles’ favorite food?
Like all elves, Jingles tries to stick to the four main food groups of candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors: Thank you to the many community leaders who support the Food Bank! Event presented by our Marquee Sponsor:  

...and other Sponsors including: AIM Independent Living | Brenda's Pet Salon | Cameron Manufacturing & Design | Chemung Chiropractic | Culligan | DeCarolis Truck Rental Inc. | EDC Management | Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield | Five Star Bank | Grist Iron Brewing | Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards | Hesselson's | Horseheads Do It Center | JHDesign | Journey Fitness | Lowery Family Farms | Mutts & Cuts | Past & Present DJ Productions | Rick Bacmanski Photoartistry | Rosar’s | Signature Properties | Southern Tier Academy of Nutrition and Diatetics | Southern Tier Custom Fabricators | The Hilliard Corporation | Timeless Treasures Photography | Triple Cities Metal Finishing | UPS Store | Welliver | WENY | Zippity Dog Do’s

Want to be included in this great list? Sponsorship opportunities are still availableclick here.

For more information contact:
Katherine Strawser, Community Event Planner
at 607.796.6061 x4033 or email

388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903

Phone: 607.796.6061
Fax: 607.796.6028
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4 
(Summer hours Mon.-Thurs. 8-4:30; Fri. 8-1)

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