Race Recap: Selfless Elf 5k

I like when I can combine my love for running with my love to help others.  This is exactly why I chose to run the Selfless Elf 5k this past weekend.  All proceeds from this event go to the Back Pack Program.  Being that I work in the local schools, I am fortunate to be able see the positive impact from this program.


The 5k began at 4:00 PM at the Corning War Memorial Stadium. Two great things to mention here already.  One, it’s local, so I could get in my warmup miles heading to the race, AND started at 4:00 PM, which meant no early wakeup time!


This was a point to point race course, with the start and finish being within walking distance of each other.  A little tricky if you don’t have someone to hand off layers to right before you start or if you want warm clothes options when you finish.  Lucky for me, my husband, aka, my race sherpa, took care of those things for me.

The majority of the course looped around the neighborhood near the high school track.  Some good planning on the race director’s part kept the runners from crossing paths at any point during the loops.  The finish was perfectly placed in Centerway Square on Market Street, and helped kick start Sparkle in downtown Corning!


As race time approached, Journey Fitness provided a quick warm-up routine on the infield for racers and soon after that, the runners were corralled to the starting line.  I found some friends and we exchanged some ideas on pacing for the race.  Before long the horn sounded and we were off!

There was a bit of a bottleneck situation when trying to exit the track through the small section of opened gate.  Luckily, I seemed to get out quick enough that I was able to get right through.  I’ve heard from others closer to the middle and back end of the race pack that they were brought to a stop.


Although the course came up a little short, my Garmin read 2.85 miles, it was really well marked and volunteers seemed to be everywhere.  My husband was able to capture some good pictures during the race!


The event was a huge success in it’s inaugural year.  There were over 850 runners and walkers signed up, and the event raised over $30,000 for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s Back Pack Program!  If you are in the area next year, this is a great race to run.

My Results:

Time: 19:36, AG:  2/124, Overall: 22/705


The awards were pretty neat too!


Some of the photos for this post are courtesy of The Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

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