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Red Nose Runners hit beach for charity

DEL MAR — Donning their best holiday cheer gear, more than 150 people hit the beach in Del Mar on Dec. 18 for the 18th annual Red Nose Run, a 3K and 5K run/walk hosted by The Low & Slow Running Club to benefit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts.
In addition to helping a worthy cause, most participants said they were there to have a good time.
“We always read about it and wanted to come because it sounded fun, but we always missed it,” said Del Mar resident Patti Roberts, who was running for the first time with Shirley Rogozienski of Rancho Santa Fe.
Dana Mendoza and Gina Wilimek from Frog’s Fitness were participating for the second consecutive year. “We had enough fun last year to come back,” Wilimek said.
Karen Haas and Sara Stiglich were second-time attendees, but first-time runners. “We were having lunch down here last year and saw it,” Stiglich said. “It looked like fun so we decided to come back and run this year.”
Since its inception, the Red Nose Run as contributed more than $84,000 to Fresh Start, a nonprofit organization that provides free reconstructive surgery for disadvantaged children and young adults with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse or disease.