Artichoke Festival: 5K Beach Run

Join Arti the Artichoke from Ocean Mist Farms and Monty the CSUMB Otter for the 1st annual Castroville Artichoke Festival 5K Beach Run, at 10:30 AM, May 18, 2019 on the waterfront of the Monterey Tides hotel at 2600 San Dunes Dr., Monterey, CA 93940. Families, couples, runners and walkers are invited to come dressed as your favorite vegetable for a chance to win free ticket packages to the Artichoke Festival in June! All participants will get a free artichoke in their goodie bag, one free ticket to the Artichoke Festival, and room and restaurant discounts at this beautiful waterfront boutique hotel—all for a charitable cause, on the beautiful sands of the Monterey Bay.

Artichoke festival 5k beach run
Artichoke festival 5k beach run

Race Information:

Registration: Race day Registration will start at 9:00 am, on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in the Bay View Room at the Monterey Tides. Course closes at 12:30 pm. Registration and fees are non-transferable, non-refundable. 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 – $35 per individual (1 T-shirt included with registration) through April 25, 2019; $40 until May 18, 2019.
  • Kids Walk/Run – $10 per child (1 T-shirt included with registration) through April 25, 2019; $15 until May 18, 2019.


Fee includes:

Artichoke Festival 5K Beach Run T-shirt, fresh artichoke (crop permitting), 1 entry ticket to the Artichoke Festival (June 1 & 2, 2019), discount coupon for lunch at the Monterey Tides, giveaways and prizes. Register online at

race start times:

  • Registration begins at 9:00 am.
  • 5K races start at 10:30 am.



This is a fun run, the course is not timed.

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/sea, heading south toward Monterey Wharf.

Link to course map:

5K Beach Run Course Map


  • Adults 13-120: come dressed as your favorite vegetable for a chance to win Artichoke Festival “It’s a Date” entry ticket package: 2 adults, plus 2 wine tastings.
  • Kids Walk/Run for youth 12 and under. Each youth receives a medal. Best Vegetable costume wins Artichoke Festival “Family Pack”: 2 adults, 2 children.

The race will take place rain or shine. If you have questions please contact Castroville Artichoke Festival office at (831)633-2465 (toll free: 888-808-7707).
Register online at
For more information: email

Additional information:

Pre-Registration and New Registration Dates
Pick up mail-in order forms in Monterey and Aptos at Fleet Feet, through April 25, 2019:

  • 472 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA 93940
  • 7960 Soquel Drive. Ste., Aptos, CA 95003

Pre-register in Castroville, at the Artichoke Festival Office:

  • 11402 Merritt St., Castroville, CA 95012 (in Nick’s Hiway Market shopping mall, behind 76 Gas Station.)
  • New registrations can be submitted up to and during the week before the race at Artichoke Festival office! Tuesday-Friday, through May 17, 2019, 9:30 am – 4 pm.

Or, register online at

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.
Arti and Monty say, “Always remember, DON’T TURN YOUR BACK ON THE SEA!”



Run participants will receive a 10% discount coupon for lunch at the Monterey Tides on race day. Guests are encouraged to make 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: Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19, 2019.
Participants with completed registrations will receive the contact information and reservation code upon confirmation of registration.
ROOM RATE:  Inland View $199.00, Ocean View $249.00. The Hotel’s room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes in effect at the time of check out.
RESORT FEE: $30.00 plus tax 11.795% includes; guestroom Internet, parking, bottled water, in room coffee and local calls.

*The “cut-off date” for accepting reservations with this discount is Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 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 will make their own reservations directly with the Hotel via a reservations link to be provided by the Hotel.
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 seven (7) 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.


Ocean Mist Farms logo Artichoke festival sponsor



5K Beach Run Sponsorship Packet