The Kook Run

10K and 5K

FEBRUARY 7, 2021

EVENT UPDATE:  Due to the continued restrictions on the State of California and the County of San Diego, the Kook Run will be held as a virtual race only in 2021.

What are we doing to expand the virtual race experience? Great question... The Kook Run is excited to offer, what we like to call an "in person" virtual run. 

Participants of The Kook Run are invited to register for the "In-Person" Virtual at The Lumberyard featuring event  check-in, start/finish arch, photo ops. and costume contest. Be sure to select "In-Person" and then select a "start-time" to join the "In-Person" virtual run. We have setup a modified virtual course that still extends along the Coast Hwy 101, with a photographer onsite at the Kook statue to take photos of your smiling faces. 

Costume Contest... What's the Kook Run without the costumes?! We will be offering up prizes to the best costumes onsite for the "in-person" virtual run, or the best virtual costume to post on social media (all you need to do is tag us) 

Please note that streets will remain open during the virtual run, meaning their will be traffic, so please obey the laws.

*The Kook Run is now owned and operated by Race San Diego, LLC of Encinitas. 


Event Details

Race Date:        February 7, 2021 (VIRTUAL RACE DATE)

Event Location: Run Virtual on your favorite course, OR at the "In-Person" Virtual from The                                 Lumberyard in Downtown Encinitas on Super Bowl Sunday (details below)

Event Address: The Lumberyard

                         South Coast Highway 101

                         Encinitas, CA 92024

Event Parking:   

All Parking will be off-site. Out of respect for the businesses in The Lumberyard that will be open on Virtual Event Morning runner parking at The Lumberyard will be prohibited (both North and South Lots). Spaces in The Lumberyard will be reserved solely for these businesses' customers. 


There is an abundance of off-site parking, that will be easy to find and convenient for participants to use for the event.  All Kook Run participants will be able to find parking along the Coast Hwy 101, 2nd St, and the Lettered Streets across from The Lumberyard upon arrival.


Packet Pickup: 

"In-Person" Virtual Run Packet Pickup will begin at 7AM, on virtual event day, and be available through 10AM using pre-assigned start times that you choose. (Please register for an open start time of your choice when registering for the "In-Person" Virtual Kook Run) If you cannot make the "In Person" virtual run, no worries. Your packet will be mailed out to you (you may select this option during registration). 

Course Limits:    None

Course Notes: 

  • "Out and Back" Course 

  • 5K turnaround is located at the Kook statue in Cardiff

  • 10K turn around is located at the Coast Hwy 101 and Solana Vista Dr (just South of Seaside Reef) 

  • Amazing ocean and beach views

  • Great Course for ALL Levels

Virtual Event Registration Includes: 

  • Finisher's Medal

  • Premium Race Shirt (men's and women's sizing)

  • Free Race Photos

  • Entry to Costume Contest

Course Maps

Costume Contest

- presented by Broad Street Dough Co. in The Lumberyard

What's The Kook Run without some costume fun!? Even when we have to run the event virtually... Come out and help us celebrate "The Big Game" and show your support for your favorite team, your favorite super hero, favorite princess, or because you want to wear your craziest costume. We will award the top 3 in each of the following categories with contest winners during the week after the "In-Person" Virtual with prizes for the top 3 in each of the following categories:

  • Best "Biggets Football Fan" Themed Costume - Show your love for your favorite team or player! - 1st Prize receives $100 Visa GC

  • Best Group Themed Costume - Get your friends to dress in the same "Kooky" theme - 1st Place receives $200 Visa GC

  • Best "Kooky" Themed Costume - For the individual who let's their inner Kook shine in their costume ​-  1st Place receives $100 Visa GC

  • (2nd & 3rd Place in each category will receive a prize package from Broad Street Dough Co and Free Entries to the 2022 Kook Run)

Let's show off the "Kooky-ness" that we love in our community!  Dress up as one of the themes that have been used to dress the Kook himself over the years, get creative with a costume that's just good ole' fun, or show off your team spirit and your excitement for the Big Game!!!  We want to see your costumes.  All "In-Person" participants will have the opportunity to get a complimentary photo along the Coast Highway during the hours of the "In-Person" Virtual Kook Run. 

Costumes will be judged by The Kook Run and Cardiff 101 Mainstreet staff.  Winners will be announced online and through email on Tuesday, Feb 9th.  (All submissions for the costume contest must be submitted by 12 noon on Monday Feb 8th)

Registration:  FREE (online and onsite only) - all registered participants in The Kook Run can participate in the costume contest as part of your event entry.

- Signup during packet pickup, and/or post your photo on social if you participate "virtually" from home   


Contest Rules: 

  • Keep it classy... this is a family friendly event, so nothing you wouldn't want your kids to see.

  • Normal running attire is not considered a costume.

Can't make it down to the "In Person" virtual? No problem you can participate virtually, just tag us on social media (@thekookrun) and use #kookcostume and #thekookrun. Virtual categories are the same as above.

The Kook Run and Broad Street Dough Co. are stoked to see just how "Kooky" you can be!

Past Costumes

Packet Pickup

There are TWO Packet Pickup Options for the 2021 Virtual Kook Run;

- Pick up your packet at the "In-Person" Virtual Kook Run on Feb 7th at The Lumberyard.

- Have you event packet mailed to you by clicking on "Mailout"  when you register. 

Race Schedule

7:00AM- Virtual Race Check-in Opens 

7:30AM- 1st wave of the virtual run 

10:30AM- Last wave of the virtual run

11:00AM- Finish line closes

*Start Waves will happen every 15 min

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Kids Race

Unfortunately due to us having to make this event virtual we will NOT be offering a kids race in 2021.

The kids race will return in 2022.