February 25, 2024
The Kook Run (Courtesy picture)

The Encinitas Kook Run is again this weekend with costumes, races and $3,000 in money prizes. 

The favored and quirky race will happen at 7 a.m. Sunday with each a enjoyable run and knowledgeable race with proceeds benefiting Cardiff 101 Mainstreet and the Ecke YMCA of Encinitas. Individually, the Junior Kook Run will happen at 10 a.m. Saturday for runners between the ages of three and 12. 

“Yearly, we base the race theme round costumes or artwork items which were featured on the Kook statue,” Jeff Stoner, managing companion, Race San Diego, mentioned. “This 12 months, we’re Releasing the Kraken, and bringing everybody’s favourite sea monster to the forefront. I like seeing the creativeness of the runners. There have been some nice costumes through the years, and I’m by no means dissatisfied.”

The Costume Contest awards the highest three in every of the next classes: “Soccer Fan,” “Group Costume,” and “Particular person Kook.” 

The Kook Run. Courtesy picture

One of many “coolest” features of the race is its post-run pageant, together with a beer backyard – that includes Bay Metropolis, Misplaced Abbey, and Ballast Level – and proceeds benefiting The Proper Hand Angels. Members also can count on dwell music, that includes Paging the 90s, instantly following the race festivities.  

“It really is about supporting the group, and giving again,” Stoner mentioned. Each Jim O’Hara [co-worker] and I’ve been across the working and endurance group for over 20 years, and the group has given us plenty of alternatives alongside the best way, so working with our charity companions and seeing what this does for them and their very own communities means so much.” 

Race Day and Costume Contest registration opens at 6:00 a.m. Welcome and introductions happen at 7:00 a.m. The Elite/10K race begin is 7:20 a.m., whereas the 5K and Costume Division race begins at 7:55 a.m. The awards ceremony is at 9:15 a.m. 

Advance packet and T-shirt pick-up shall be held on the Ecke YMCA (200 Saxony Street in Encinitas) on Saturday between 9 a.m. and a couple of p.m. and at Street Runner Sports activities (Solana Seashore location on the Coast Hwy 101) on Friday from 3 p.m.  to 7 p.m. 

For extra info or to register, go to www.thekookrun.com.