February 12, 2023
Kick Off a Super Day with an Epic Run on the 101
The Most Scenic Race in San Diego
Packet Pickup takes on a new look in 2022! On Saturday, Feb 12th, the Ecke YMCA will transform into The Kook Run's packet pickup and registration. Grab your race gear, checkout vendors, and enjoy inspiring activities!
The Kook Run PRO & ELITE Raced sponsored by Sweet Green returns to the event in 2022! World class runners and local elites will be competing for a $3000 prize purse in the 10K. This will be the fastest 10K in SoCal!
New in 2022!! Kick off Super Bowl Sunday 2022 in Moonlight Plaza with our friends at Pina SD at The Kook Run's post-race finish line festival, which will feature live music, beer garden, breakfast tacos, local venders, and games and activities.
You can't have The Kook Run without the world famous Kook themed costume contest! Cash and prizes available for participants 3 categories - Individual Kook Costume, Group Costume Contest, and Biggest Football Fan!!!
Like the Kook Run, but for Kids! The 2nd Annual Junior Kook Run presented by Cali Cream Homemade Ice Cream. Kids (ages 3-12) run a course that's just for them on Saturday morning at the YMCA with timing, medals, and more!
We are excited to partner with Cardiff 101 Main Street in 2022 - a non-profit that advocates for Cardiff residents and businesses to promote Cardiff. We also are happy to have the Encinitas Ecke YMCA as our official charity.
The Bubs Naturals Kook Run is back
and LIVE in 2022!!!
It's back on Super Bowl Sunday, is 100% on Highway 101, and includes both the Costume Contest and the Pro & Elite Race again!!!
USATF Sanctioned Event
& USATF San Diego Championship Series
About "The Kook"
(Officially "The Magic Carpet Ride")
If you've run on the Coast Highway in Encinitas, then you've run by the The Magic Carpet Ride - a.k.a. The Cardiff Kook. The Kook has become a landmark along State Coast Highway 101 and its popularity is renowned. Did you know at one point The Cardiff Kook was the most Googles sports figure in the world? Yep! The nickname comes from the statue’s infamous pose: one that local surfers tease makes him look like a “kook”. It is frequently adorned with various decorations or completely decked out in costumes
to fit the occasion.
Stop by to see it on your way to enjoy our beautiful Encinitas beaches, if you’re camping at the nearby San Elijo State Beach Campground, or on your next training run for The Kook Run.