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Parade of characters: Residents, pro runners race for the beloved ‘Cardiff Kook’

More than 2,500 residents and professional runners hit the streets of Encinitas on Feb. 1 to support the upkeep of the “Cardiff Kook” statue, also known by its official name, “Magic Carpet Ride.” (Photo by Helen Hawes)

Helen Hawes

February 6, 2015

Mere minutes after world class runner Luis Orta blasted to victory in the men’s 10K on Feb. 1, the glamorous Dragonfly Team, wearing matching white sweatshirts and empowered by sporting the bejeweled sunglasses they made the night before, took off on their first 5K run. At least they think so. Some...

Coasting for the Kook: Annual Cardiff race raises funds for statue upkeep

The first-place group costume trophy for the Cardiff Kook Run on Feb. 2 was awarded to this group, dressed as the Coaster. (Photo by Ellen Wright)

Ellen Wright

February 7, 2014

The third annual Cardiff Kook Run drew thousands of runners Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 2 and shut down Coast Highway 101 from B Street to Cardiff State Beach. More than 2,000 runners came for the 5K and 10K run, some festooned in costumes to honor the many outfits the bronze “Kook” statue, offici...

Second annual Kook Run draws colorful characters

Participants dressed as sheep cross the finish line in unison during the second annual Cardiff Kook Run on Feb. 3. (Photo by Scott Allison)

Helen Hawes

February 7, 2013

Masked Zorros, cave people, a bride and some serious athletes shut down Coast Highway on Feb. 3 as they ran with 2,000 other contenders in the second annual Cardiff Kook Run 5K and 10K races. The event is held in honor of an Encinitas icon, the Cardiff Kook sculpture. Officially named “The Magic Ca...

Kook calendar celebrates Cardiff

A page from the 2013 Cardiff Kook Calendar shows a papier mache pterodactyl grabbing onto the

Helen Hawes

January 16, 2013

If graphic artist Fred Caldwell needed an amen to act on his big idea, he got it in the unlikeliest of places. It was while listening to the State of the City address a few years ago. When the mayor mentioned “The Cardiff Kook” and the audience came to life with a happy roar, Caldwell knew his idea...

Cardiff Kook Run Feb. 3

January 16, 2013

CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA – The Cardiff Kook Run 10K and 5K returns for its second year on Feb. 3, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Registration takes place at the Moonlight Beach parking lot. The run takes place along Second Street and South Coast Highway 101. The 10K loop will begin at Moonlight Beach, pass under t...

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