Surfing Madonna Save the Ocean 5K/10K run/walk coming up Oct. 25 in Encinitas


The annual Surfing Madonna Save the Ocean Beach 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk and Moonlight Beach Fest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.

The low tide course was dubbed one of San Diego’s best races in 2013, and the festivities raised enough to donate $50,000 back to the community, according to race organizers. This year’s goal is to give back $100,000 to help save the ocean.

Moonlight Beach Fest activities begin at 9 a.m. and include a rockin’ beach fest with live music, the “Science of Surf n Skate” Exhibit by Arnette and Hansen Surf Shop, a skate ramp with Pro Skaters, a classic “Woodie” Car Show in cul-de-sac “C” above Moonlight Beach, a pro Sand Castle Expo and kids’ activity Fun Zone.

The race — with $22,000 in prize money — begins at 2 p.m. and includes a costume contest with $1,000 in cash prizes, a Zumba warmup before race by Total Woman Gym & Spa and a yoga cooldown after the race with Prana. Free goodies all day from Mamma Chia and Clif Bar, plus Whole Foods Market and Wahoo’s Fish & Taco will be serving lunch. After the race, jump into Dr. Bronner’s Magic Foam Experience to save water!

To register and to see video of last year’s events, visit