Artichoke Festival: 5K Beach Run


Due to the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place requirements, our 5K Beach Run has been moved to September 12, 2020. Run participants who registered for the May 2 event, can join us on September 12 with no changes to fees. If you can’t run with us on September 12, please contact us at

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.

REGISTER online until September 9, 2020 on ACTIVE.COM

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Come dressed as your favorite vegetable for a chance to win Best Veggie Costume!

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

Race Details:


Saturday, September 12, 2020

Registration Time/Location:

8:00 AM PST in the Bay View Room at the Monterey Tides Hotel

Race Start Time/Location:

10:00 AM PST on the beach

Course Time Limit:

The 5K Beach Run course will officially close at 12:30 PM. All runners and/or walkers must be able to complete the course in 2 hours or less. A Registration form is required for each participant. Registration fees are nontransferable, nonrefundable.

Entry Fees:

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

Monterey Tides extras:

Run participants will receive a 10% discount coupon for lunch at the Monterey Tides on race day. Guests are encouraged to make lunch reservations via Open Table from the Monterey Tides’ website at

Race weekend Rooms:

Monterey Tides is also happy to extend a limited courtesy block of rooms for run participants wishing to stay at the hotel. Rates below are for Race Weekend only: check-in Friday, Sept 11 – check-out Sunday, Sept 13, 2020.

Participants with completed registrations will receive the contact information and reservation code upon request.

Room Rate:

Inland View, two queen room $199.00; guests may upgrade to Ocean View rooms at higher rate, upon availability. The Hotel’s room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes in effect at the time of check out. The “cut-off date” for accepting reservations with this discount is Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

Reservation requests received after 5:00 p.m. local time at the Hotel on the cut-off date will be accepted at the Hotel’s prevailing rate, based on availability. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by credit card. Individuals shall make their own reservations directly with the Hotel. Please contact the Artichoke Festival 5K Run team via email to obtain hotel’s link and Group Discount Code:

In the event that a guest checks out prior to the guests’ reserved checkout date, any early departure fee equal to the balance of the stay will be charged to that guest’s individual account. Guests wishing to avoid this fee must advise the Hotel at or before three (3) days prior to arrival.

Guest accommodations will be available at 4:00 p.m. on arrival day and reserved until 11:00 a.m. on departure day. The Hotel would appreciate flight arrival times, if available. Any attendee wishing special consideration for late checkout should inquire at the front desk on the day of departure.

Interested in sponsor opportunities at our 5K Beach Run?

To join our wild and wacky beach run as a contributing sponsor, see our Sponsor page for info.

2019 Sponsors

Monterey Tides logo at the 5k beach run