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 organizers were informed recently that the City of Encinitas will NOT be permitting any special events through the 1st quarter, and possibly into 2nd quarter 2021. We know this is not information anyone wants to hear, but is the reality we live in currently. 

We were hoping 2021 would serve as the glorious return of the Kook Run that everyone knows and loves, but this will have to wait until 2022. We will be offering a virtual race option in 2021 on the events scheduled race date of Feb 7th, 2021. More information on these virtual details will be announced after the turn of the new year.

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 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: Downtown Encinitas

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

                          (Corner of D St. and Coast 101 Hwy)


Event Parking:   Surrounding parking lots and surface street parking on 2nd and 3rd, Moonlight Beach Parking Lot, and surface streets on the west side of the Rail Road tracks. Plenty of event day parking.


Transportation:  We recommend using the North County Coaster. Train station is only 1 block away.

Packet Pickup:  New Packet Pickup and Expo will be located locally in Encinitas for The Kook Run in 2021. 

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 are proud to offer a virtual race option for the 2021 Kook Run. We understand we are still navigating an unprecedented time, and some may not be ready to run in large groups come race day. Virtual options do include a race shirt, medal, and bib. Mail Out Packet fees may apply.

Course Maps

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup Date: Feb. 6th, 2021

Packet Pickup Times: 10am-3pm

Location: TBD

Address: TBD

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

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

Race Schedule

6:00AM- Race Day Registration Opens

7:00AM- Costume Contest Reg Opens

7:15AM- Elite Race/ 10K Start

8:00AM- 5K Starts

8:30AM- Elite Awards Ceremony

9:00AM- 10K/5K Awards Ceremony

9:15AM- Costume Contest Awards

9:20AM-  Race Course Closes

9:30AM- Event Closes

*Event Times subject to change

**Due to Covid-19 staggered start times may apply

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Kids Race

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: 11am

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 make make it into the medal for the 2022 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

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Encinitas, CA 92024


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