DEL MAR — This year’s 20th annual Red Nose Run will take place on the beach in front of the Poseidon Restaurant at 2 p.m. Dec. 9, 1670 Coast Blvd. The course includes a 5K and a 3K run/walk on the beach.
After the event, participants meet in the restaurant for refreshments, followed by door prizes, recognition of 5K race winners, a raffle and live auction and the presentation of contributions to both charities.
The Red Nose Run is presented by The Low & Slow Running Club of Del Mar, which consists of runners of various ages and running abilities, who have been getting together for Saturday morning runs for many years. Runners can register the day of race at the Poseidon Restaurant.
In 1992 several members started the run with one charity, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. Over the years, the number of runners and the amount of contributions has grown from 35 to 40 runners and $5,000 to $6,000 to 200 runners and $18,000 in 2010.
The club has given more than $119,000 to Fresh Start and added the Semper Fi Fund charity in the last four years; to which the run contributed $44,000. Since the run is put on by a small group of runners, there is no overhead cost, other than the run itself. Money is raised by the entry fee to participate in the run and by the club soliciting cash/non-cash contributions directly from businesses. The non-cash contributions are auctioned (immediately after the run), which accounts for a significant amount of the funds raised for the charities. After the expense of the run, all funds are distributed to charity.