National Harbor Elf Run 5K

  • National Harbor

Come And Run With The Elves!!!!!

Join Santa and the Reindeer and run a 5K at National Harbor.  We’re checking the list . . . 

Don’t be a Son of a Nutcraker – Put on Your Holiday

Best and Come Run and Drink With The Elves!


Kids under 15 can race for FREE.  

Entry Fee: $39


Includes: Entry into the race, Souvenir Elf Hat, Snacks

and Drinks at the Christmas Village. 

Online registration will close at midnight on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 or when race capacity has been met. Only 2,000 runners will be able to register!

There are no refunds of entry given or transfers of entry permitted for this event.



8:00am: Packet Pick-Up

9:00am: Stretching With Santa

9:30am: 5k Run Starts

9:35am Holiday Race Village and Santa’s Cellar opens

with Great DJ’s, Santa and Some Surprises!

11:30am Awards Presentations

Noon: Time To Go Shopping At National Harbor

or Take In The Capital Wheel or ICE!

Families welcome though there are alcoholic beverages for the adults.


Great Family Run by The Waterfront

Souvenir Hats: One size fits all. First come first serve - only one hat per runner.

Free-flowing Hot Chocolate & Hot Coffee

Candy-Cane Treats

Santa’s Cellar for 21+ Runners with Wassail, Beers and Spirits

The North Pole’s Favorite DJ and Karaoke

Lots of Elf Magic


Race Day Packet Pickup 8am at the Event Entrance The Plaza at National Harbor. 

NOTE: If you wish for someone else to pick up your packet for you, they must present a written note of permission from you.


From Ronald Reagan National Airport: Follow signs to George Washington Parkway South (to Alexandria). Take GW Pkwy South toward Alexandria. Veer Right at the sign to Slaters Lane. Take a Right at the traffic light onto Slaters Lane. Follow signs to US Route 1 South and merge onto US Route 1 South (N. Henry Street). Proceed on Henry Street through Old Town Alexandria. Follows signs to I-95 N (Maryland). Veer Right at signs toward I-95. Veer Left toward I-95 (Baltimore/Maryland signs) and merge onto I-95 N /I-495 E (Capital Beltway – Outer Loop). Cross Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Take Exit 2A.

From Washington Dulles International Airport: Follow Airport Exit signs. Take VA-267 East toward and follow signs to I-495 South toward Richmond. Take I-495 S (Capital Beltway – Outer Loop) toward Richmond. Continue on Capital Beltway, but merge with I-495 E/ I-95 N toward Baltimore. Cross the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Take Exit 2A

From Washington, DC: Take I-295 South for approximately 5 ½ miles. Take Exit 1B.

From Maryland: Merge onto I-495 S / I-95 S (Capital Beltway – Inner Loop) toward Richmond.

Take Exit 2A to National Harbor.

From Virginia: Merge onto I-495 E/ I-95 N (Capital Beltway – Outer Loop) toward Baltimore.

Cross the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Take Exit 2A to National Harbor.


Cash awards to the top two men and women in the 5k division. "NO CHIP, NO TIME, NO AWARD"


Will receive entry to the post-race party. Volunteers should check in on race day at National Harbor, MD! To volunteer please email 


Music and awards will be hosted on the Main Pier of National Harbor. All runners 21 & Over WILL need proper identification to drink.


Strollers are permitted on the course, however we ask that for safety reasons you line up at the back of the pack. NO DOGS ALLOWED. Your race number must be worn on your front and must be visible. DO NOT exchange or give your race number to another participant. A water station will be available mid-course and at the finish line.


If you are interested in sponsoring please contact Sarah Linzey at  


The Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization formed and operated for the purpose of providing supper and promoting education for children and adults with a mental and physical disability.

For other questions or more information please email