Artichoke Festival 5K Beach Run

Starts Saturday September 12th, 2020

Monterey, CA

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We had so much fun on the beach last year, LET’S DO IT AGAIN!

Join us for the 2nd Annual Artichoke Festival 5K Beach Run on September 12, 2020. Runners and walkers alike are invited for fun, exercise, and goodies on the beach at the Monterey Tides Hotel, 2600 Sand Dunes Dr., Monterey.

Come dressed as your favorite vegetable to win the Best Veggie Costume Award!

All participants will get a free artichoke in their goodie bag, a run medal, and restaurant discounts at this beautiful waterfront boutique hotel—all for a charitable cause, on the beautiful sands of the Monterey Bay.

The race will take place rain or shine. If you have questions please contact Artichoke Festival office at (831) 633-2465 (toll free: 888-808-7707). Or, email [email protected]

See you in September!



Event details and schedule


Race day Registration will start at 8:00 am, on Saturday, September 12, 2020, in the Bayview Room at the Monterey Tides. Walk/Run starts at 10:00 am. Course closes at 12:30 pm. Registration fees are nontransferable, nonrefundable. A Registration form is required for each participant. All runners and/or walkers must be able to complete the course in 2 hours or less.


•  5K Run/Walk – $40 per individual through Aug 14; (1 t-shirt included with registration); $45 until Sept 9.
•  Kids Run/Walk – $10 per child through Aug 14;  (1 t-shirt included with registration); $15 until Sept 9.
•  Military/Seniors 62+ (with ID) – $35 per individual through Aug 14;  (1 t-shirt included with registration);$40 until Sept 9.

FEE INCLUDES:  Artichoke Festival 5K Beach Run t-shirt, one (1) fresh artichoke (crop permitting), a run medal, 10% discount coupon for lunch at the Monterey Tides Hotel, and fun giveaways.

This is a Fun Run, the course will not be timed, but we’ll have a clock for runner’s reference.

All runs and walks start and end on the beach waterfront, behind the Monterey Tides Hotel. Course stays on the hard packed wet verge of sand and sea, heading south toward the Monterey Wharf.


  • Adults, Military/Seniors (62+) Walk/Run 13 -120 yrs: Receive a run medal. Come dressed as your favorite vegetable for a chance to win Best Veggie Costume.

  • Kids Walk/Run for youth 12 and under. Each youth receives a medal. Best vegetable costume wins Best Kid’s Veggie Costume award

Pre-Registration and New Registration Dates

Pick up mail-in order forms in Monterey and Aptos at Fleet Feet, through Aug 31, 2020:
    •    472 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA 93940
    •    7960 Soquel Drive, Ste., Aptos, CA 95003

New registrations can be submitted online via Active.com up to Sept 9, 2020.

Pre-register in Castroville, at the Artichoke Festival Office, through Sept 9, 2020. (Please call ahead for office hours) 

  • 11402 Merritt St., Castroville, CA 95012 (in Nick’s Hiway Market shopping mall, behind 76 Gas Station.)

Pre-Race Packet pick-up is available at the Tides Hotel, on Friday night, Sept 11, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Limited parking will be available in front the Monterey Tides Hotel, and in the public parking lots north and south of the hotel on Sand Dunes Drive. Participants can also park at the Laguna Grande Shopping Center Overflow parking area near Home Depot, just across Hwy 1, closest to Canyon Del Rey Blvd. We highly encourage our run participants to GO GREEN and carpool!

What to Wear:

Participants are encouraged to come dressed as your favorite vegetable! Otherwise, wear comfortable clothing, taking into account that you will get hot once you begin your run/walk. Also, be sure to wear good running/athletic shoes.

What to Bring:

Family and friends to cheer you on! Sun block, sun glasses, a windbreaker in case the weather changes, and a towel to wipe off the sand. NO PETS or STROLLERS on the beach, please.

Be Prepared:

Eat something at least an hour prior to the start of the race.


Race Distances

Price Register
Adult Run/Walk-5K - Individual Age group/open $45.00 until Btn active register yellow
Military & Seniors (62+) Run/Walk-5K - Ind... $40.00 until Btn active register yellow
Youth Run/Walk-5K - Individual Age group/open $15.00 until Btn active register yellow

Places to Stay

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Start Location

2600 Sand Dunes Dr., Monterey, CA

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