Thousands attend annual 'Cardiff Kook' run

Many dressed in costumes similar to statue's

ENCINITAS, Calif. - More than 2,000 people turned out Sunday for the third annual 'Cardiff Kook' Run.

Runners who had the 'Cardiff Kook' spirit were not hard to spot.

"We dressed as old farts today," said runner Nicole Douglas. "We may be slow, but we'll get to the finish line one way or another."

Participants dressed in costumes similar to those worn by the bronze surfer statue known by locals as the "Cardiff Kook." The statue is officially titled "The Magic Carpet Ride," and was erected at Cardiff By The Sea along Highway 101 in 2007. It is often the target of pranksters who dress it in various outfits.

10News also spotted costumes from an eight-person "Kook coaster" to a single man foot. Robin Jones says that's what is great about this run.

"Being born and raised in San Diego … it's definitely about the San Diego lifestyle," said Jones. "We like to have crazy fun!"

The goal was to raise money to preserve the plaza where the surfer statue is located. Eventually, the plan is to build a wheelchair access ramp.

The "Kook," which is constantly changing up its look – depending on what is going on in the community – has been seen dressed up as a clown, an artist and sometimes elaborate outfits like a shark made of papier-mâché.

On Sunday morning, the statue was dressed as an M&M with a race number attached to it in honor of the run.

Organizers say this year's run grew by 25 percent, with more people wanting to participate in what has become a community favorite.

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