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Cardiff Kook Run

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Roll out of bed and kick-start your Sunday with a 5k, 10k, or Kids-K race. Perfect for runners of all abilities, the course loops around the iconic 'Cardiff Kook' statue and runs above some of the world's most popular surf breaks. Come for the epic beach views or for the treasured finisher's medal.

How to enter the Cardiff Kook Run

  1. 10k

    Run 10km
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  2. 5k

    Run 5km
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  3. Kids-K

    Run 1km
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Cardiff Kook Run routes

Kicking-off from the famous 'Encinitas' sign on Coast HWY 101, the picturesque looped route then runs adjacent to the Pacific Ocean and passed the iconic 'Cardiff Kook' Statue. From here, you will look down upon some of the world's best surfing areas, before heading down to So. Cardiff State Beach.

There truly is no better way to start your Sunday than running alongside the Pacific Ocean with wind in your hair and friends by your side. With a choice of three distance this event is great for novices and seasoned pros alike.

Event Details

  • Chip timed bib
  • Exclusive race t-shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Cash Prizes (1st - $300, 2nd - $200, 3rd - $100)
  • Costume Prizes (1st - $250, 2nd - $150, 3rd - $100)


Registration opens

0700: Opening day announcements

0730: 10k race start

0740: Kids-K race start

0810: 5k race start

0920: Race course closes & Awards Ceremony

Please ensure you arrive at least 45 minutes before your race start to ensure their is plenty of time for registration and a sufficient warm-up.

Packet Pick-Up:

The organiser's strongly encourage participants to collect race packets in advance, as the event will be quite crowded on the day. Details of these collection periods can be found below:

Where: Road Runner Sports (Carlsbad) 5617, Paseo Del Norther #100 Carlsbad, CA 92008


Friday February 7th

1pm - 7pm

Saturday February 8th

1pm - 7pm

If you wish to take part in the Costume Contest then you must register at the registration table before 7am. Normal running gear is, of course, not considered a costume, so please be as inventive as possible!

The costume awards ceremony will take place after the 10k, with cash prizes for the top 3.

1st - $250

2nd - $150

3rd - $100

Spectators are more than encouraged to come along and cheer on the runners. After the race, stick around for the awards ceremony before treating your friends or family who took part to a hearty meal.

Volunteers are crucial to bringing races alive and Encinitas Turkey Trot are on the lookout for more help.

If you want to get involved then please email: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Are strollers allowed to enter?
Absolutely, this is a family-friendly event which encourages BOBs (Baby on board) to take part in the race.
When can I access my time?
All results will be published immediately after the race through SVE timing.
Will there be refreshment stations?
For sure, there will be various water stations throughout the duration of the race as well as at the start and finish areas.

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