Erin Callaghan, left, and Holly Martin dress in the likeness of the Surfing Madonna during the inaugural Save the Ocean race at Moonlight Beach.
Erin Callaghan, left, and Holly Martin dress in the likeness of the Surfing Madonna during the inaugural Save the Ocean race at Moonlight Beach.
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Running to save the ocean

Thousands of runners and walkers turn out for the inaugural Surfing Madonna Save the Ocean 5 and 10 K run/walk at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas on Saturday. 

Besides the race, which gave out $8,000 in prize money to the top 20 finishers, more than $40,000 was distributed from The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project funds raised with $20,000 given to the city of Encinitas to used for ocean, beach and parks related projects, and another $20,000 going towards scholarships. Photos by Tony Cagala

Runners head back towards Moonlight Beach and the finish line.Racer Brandon Taylor makes his way down the shoreline.Ken Ernst runs down the beach in the Save the Ocean race.Racers break from the starting line.Youngsters wait to cheer on their mom running in the Save the Ocean race.From left: Elaine Heston, Dianne Guiliani, Julia Kay Deale and Jill Brower pose together at the starting line before the race.From left: Encinitas Mayor Teresa Barth, Council member Tony Kranz, Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer and Surfing Madonna artist Mark Patterson.