The Kook Run

10K and 5K

FEBRUARY 13, 2022

Join us for one of the most iconic events in San Diego.


Kick off your Super Bowl Sunday  as you race down the Coast Highway 101 taking in epic views of the Pacific Ocean and a world famous surf break. 


Touted as one of the most beautiful race courses in Southern California, this OUT-AND-BACK course will excite runners with its gradual downhill beginnings, challenge with some manageable uphill elements on the return before delivering participants onto a sure-to-please final stretch through downtown Encinitas.

Race festivities begin under the iconic “ENCINITAS” sign in downtown Encinitas, CA.

Running or walking the coast not enough for you? Then join our famous costume contest and win some great prizes (more details below).

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

Event Details

Race Date:        February 13, 2022 

Event Location: Downtown Encinitas

Event Address: 101 E. D St, Encinitas, CA 

                          (Corner of D St. and Coast 101 Hwy)


Event Parking:   Parking Options for the Kook Run are as follows:

  • Public Parking can be found on Southwest corner of S. Vulcan Ave  and E st.

  • Encinitas Library Lot (corner of E D St and Cornish Dr)

  • Civic Center parking Lot (East side of S. Vulcan ave between and D St. and E St)

  • Street parking on 2nd and 3rd street (Between C St and K St)

  • Moonlight Beach Parking Lot (corner of C St and 3rd St)

Transportation:  To help with parking on race morning we highly recommend using the North County Coaster and other local public transportation to arrive onsite. Train station is only 1 block away. If you are using Uber or Lyft we suggest using the Encinitas Library address as a drop and pickup point so you can walk down to the event area. (540 Cornish Dr, Encinitas, 92024)

Packet Pickup:  

February 12th


Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

200 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024 

Course Limits:    2 Hours

Course Notes: 

  • "Out and Back" Course

    • Runners will start in the South bound​ lanes

    • Finish in the North Bound lanes

    • Starts and finishes under Historic Encinitas Sign

  • 10K turn around is located at South Cardiff State Beach (No loops!)

  • Amazing ocean and beach views

  • Great Course for ALL Levels

Event Registration Includes: 

  • Finisher's Medal

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

  • Two On- Course Aid Stations

  • Finish Line Festival

  • Free Race Photos

  • Official Race Results

Virtual Race Option:  We'll be live in 2022, but doesn't mean you can't run from your house, or have your friends around the county and the country join in on the fun by kicking off Super Bowl Sunday with a "Virtual" Kook Run.  Virtual options do include a race shirt, medal, and bib. Mail Out Packet fees may apply.

Course Maps

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup Date: Feb. 12th, 2022

Packet Pickup Times: 10AM-3PM





Pick up your race bib, shirt, and visit our vendor village that includes great local and regional businesses

1030AM-11:30AM: Kids Run by Age Group

*Runners may pick up other runner's gear with photo ID.

Race Schedule

6:00AM- Race Day & Costume Contest Registration Opens

7:30AM- Elite-Pro Race/ 10K Start

7:55AM- 5K Starts

8:00AM - Finishline Festival Opens

9:15AM- Costume Contest Awards

9:20AM-  Race Course Closes

9:30AM- Finish Line Closes

11:30AM - Finish Line Festival Closes

*Event Times subject to change


Junior Kook Run

We have moved the Kids Race to Packet Pickup day, so bring the kiddos out for some racing fun. 

Runs will be on a closed course next to the vendor village. Distances will vary based on kids' race times. 

Ages: 3 -10 years old

Reg Fee: $10/ per child

Fee Includes: Kids Run Medal

Races Start: 1030am

Costume Contest

What's a little run on the Coast Hwy without some costume fun! 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 following contest winners with special prizes from our sponsors:

  • Best Football Themed Costume

  • Best Group Themed Costume

  • Best "Kook" Themed Costume ​​

    • Think funny, most original costume​


*OVERALL WINNER Costume (of these categories)... we will take your winning costume idea and include it into the medal for the 2023 event.

Costumes will be judged by a panel of Cardiff 101 board members (our Community Partner).

Registration:              FREE (onsite only)

Registration Times:   6:30am- 7:15am

Location:                    Adjacent to Race Day Registration tent

Contest Awards:        9:15am       


Contest Rules: 

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

  • Participants must be present to win!

  • Normal running attire is not considered a costume.

  • Race results have no bearing on contest results.

  • All costume contest registration MUST be completed before the start of the 10K start time.

Past Costumes