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. Five La Mesa residents participated in the run.

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. Five La Mesa residents participated in the run.

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.

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.

Five La Mesa residents ran in different age and gender categories:

  • Scott Lafee, 55 to 59 Male - 53:36 (9th in age group)
  • Bruce Bigelow, 55 to 59 Male - 1:00:12 (18th in age group)
  • Tiffany Page, 29 to 34 Female - 55:39 (37th in age group)
  • Angela Vazquez-Herrera, 35 to 39 Female - 1:07:25 (55th in age group)
  • Maggie Bannan, 50 to 54 Female – 1:13:42 (26th in age group)

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