The second annual Cardiff Kook Run 10K & 5K returns after an incredible turnout in 2012. This celebration of arguably the greatest town on the map is set to take place on the greatest day of the year for sports fans —Super Bowl Sunday, February 3. The scenic 10K loop will begin at Moonlight Beach, pass by the famous Cardiff Kook along the 101, rise above some of the most popular surf breaks in San Diego, and make its way down to Cardiff State Beach. Then you get to experience it all again on your way back. For public safety, the 5K turnaround is north of the “Cardiff Kook,” and will not run past it due to train and traffic crossing at Chesterfield Drive and Coast Highway 101.
The Cardiff Kook Run is the idea of Steve Lebherz and Seth Brewer, two locals who have been running this particular route for 15 years and have always said, “Everybody should see this!” Now everybody can. Locals, kids, adults, serious runners and kooks alike are invited to run — for life, for community, for a really fun time.
Lebherz and Brewer also have specific community goals for the run:
1) Establish a foundation for the Safety and Preservation of the “Magic Carpet Ride”
2) Fund additional P.E. programs at Cardiff Elementary
3) Assist the community of Cardiff with park-related funding.
All proceeds go right back into improving Cardiff-by-the-Sea, so hit the alarm, stretch, and run out the door to the check-in and packet pick-up. It will be between 7:30am-8:20am at Moonlight Beach parking lot. Please be prompt. Photo ID required. Packets released to runners only. You will receive a racing bib and timing chip. After you finish the race, be sure to pick up your goodie bag which includes your very own Cardiff Kook Run shirt, medal, and tasty treats. After the race Cardiff Seaside Market will be providing water, fruit and bagels.
Parking is available at Moonlight Beach, Encinitas Coaster Station, City Hall and Cottonwood Creek Park. Go online. (www.cardiffkookrun.com)
7:30am Race Check-In
8:00am Welcome & Introductions
8:25am National Anthem ~ Big Lou Perkins
8:30am 10K Race Start
9:00am 5K & Costume Division Race Start
10:30am Race Course Closes
11:00am Awards Ceremony