Video: Thousands 'Kook' Out for Cardiff Run

Don't let the costumes fool you—participants in the 2013 Cardiff Kook Run made the sport their priority. Seven Encinitas residents placed first in their categories.

Cavemen, bumble bees and superheroes were just some of the costumed characters running in the 2013 Cardiff Kook Run Sunday—hours before the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers kicked off the Super Bowl. 

"We've got a lot of new costumes and a lot of serious entries," organizer Steve Lebherz said.

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More than 2,400 runners—many of them in costumes—ran the 5 and 10-kilometer routes, he added. Seven Encinitas residents placed first in their categories.

In its second year, the run is raising money to improve the area around the Magic Carpet Ride statue—better known as the Cardiff Kook. Various improvements have been made from last year's funds and this year, organizers plan to use the money for landscaping and to make a stroller-friendly ramp from Coast Highway to Cardiff State Beach.

Related: Cardiff Kook Run May Fund Ramp Leading to State Beach

Race officials released the results Sunday evening:

Men's 10k: Ben Bruce of Flagstaff, Arizona - 30:31.8, new Kook Record. He placed 5th place at olympic trials

Women's 10k: Claire Rethmeier of San Marcos - 35:09.6, new Kook record. Known as "local running hero."

Costume Contest: 

Group: The Magic Carpet Ride

Individual: Captain Kook

10k Winners received $200 cash, $50 extra for setting a record, $120 Gift Card to Road Runner, original print by Donald Miralle, World Press Tour Sports Photography  and Gift Cards to Running Skirts in Encinitas.

Seven Encinitas residents placed first in their age and gender categories:

  • 19 to 34 Male 10k: Daniel Seidel of Encinitas - 32:33
  • 45 to 49 Male: Jeff Creighton of Encinitas - 35:31
  • 55 to 59 Male: Chuck Wright of Cardiff - 43:54
  • 70 to 99 Male: Jim Moore of Cardiff - 1:03:49
  • 45 to 49 Female: Laura Stuart - 39:32
  • 55 to 59 Female: Anita Pilkington - 52:29
  • 65 to 69 Female: Patty Mccook, of Encinitas - 1:00:02

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Deanne Goodman February 04, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Nice video! Looks like a fun event!
Daniel Woolfolk February 04, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Marlena Medford February 04, 2013 at 04:59 PM
It was a great race, and we couldn't have asked for nicer weather. The costumes were even better this year, too!
Jessie Taylor February 04, 2013 at 10:12 PM
What fun! It's so rewarding to see so many people get involved in supporting a local cause. Thank you all for keeping 'the Kook' an icon for future generations. Great costumes, great smiles, so many enjoying themselves. Happy, Happy, Happy!


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