Race Details

Do you have an affinity for elf culture? Do you enjoy saying “Francisco” during the holidays? Do you want to go pick snow berries? Not now, Arctic Puffin! It’s time to tell the people about our magical run. 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we’ve got the event for you. Inspired by the legendary long-distance achievements of the infamous Buddy the Elf™, the Elf Virtual Run invites you to hit the open road (or trail, treadmill, track) to complete a 5K or 10K in the spirit of the holidays. Run or walk alongside friends, family, or whoever is on your nice list this year. There’s room for everyone on our race list. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today. 

How It Works 

Once you’re signed up and singing in celebration like you’re making toys in the North Pole, here’s what you need to do:  

  • Get your sweet race swag in the mail.   
  • Run your race anywhere, anytime, anyplace between 11/16/21 and 1/31/22.   
  • Log your results on the race page at EnMotive.com.   
  • Upload and enhance your photos with digital stickers.   
  • Download your personalized finisher’s certificate.   
  • See how you rank on the leaderboard here.   
  • Show off your well-earned medal on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ElfVirtualRun 


Still have questions? Learn more about the Virtual Elf Run with our FAQ. 

Questions? Check out our Virtual Run FAQs!

What is the Elf Virtual Run? We hear a ton of feedback every day from our participants (and prospective participants) asking for more Virtual Run options, which is why we created the Elf Virtual Run! Run (or walk) the distance you pick wherever you want. We’ll ship the goodie bag, medal, and personalized bib right to you. 

Where can I run/walk? Anywhere! This is your virtual run, and we want you to complete it wherever and whenever you want. Sidewalks, paths, the treadmill–make this race your own! Want to make this a family run or walk with a stroller or Fido? Now’s the chance! We just ask that you tag us @ElfVirtualRun so we can see your amazing photos or use the hashtag #ElfVirtualRun! 

What items are included with the Elf Virtual Run? Every participant will receive a commemorative ugly-Christmas-sweater-themed long sleeve shirt, Buddy-the-Elf ™ inspired medal that doubles as the ultimate Christmas tree ornament, and personalized bib. 

When do I need to complete my run? In order to download a Finisher’s Certificate, we ask that you complete your run prior to January 31, 2022. 

Do I need to submit results to get a medal? Your medal will be mailed to you with your packet, but when once you complete your run, you can Log Your Results and complete other post-race experience actions: download your personalized Finisher’s Certificate, see how you rank on the leaderboard of other participants, upload your photos, crop and add filters and add an Elf Virtual overlay to share on social media to show off your well-earned medal! 

How do I track my distance and time? For the Virtual Run, we accept results on the honor system, but the most accurate tracking is typically via a device with GPS tracking. 

When will my packet ship? Packets will begin shipping the week of November 29th, 2021. After that, packets will be shipped within 14-21 business days. The virtual race is currently open to residents in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.  

Do you ship internationally? The Elf Virtual is currently available only for addresses within the contiguous United States. We cannot ship outside the United States at this time. 

What do I do if my goodie bag doesn’t fit? Can I swap it? We do not offer any size exchanges post packet shipment. All changes to sizes need to be made prior to confirming registration. We highly recommend that all participants take care to view the sizing chart on the Goodie Bag page. 

We hope we are able to answer your questions here. If you still have questions or need assistance, please contact [email protected]. 


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