The Palm Desert Marathon & 5k is the oldest marathon in the Coachella Valley. The race starts and ends in beautiful Civic Center Park.
How to enter the New Balance Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k
- Run 13.1mi
- Run 5km
- Run 1km
New Balance Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k routes
The 13.1 mile course starts in Civic Center Park. After leaving the parking lot, turn north on San Pablo Ave. Turn west into College of the Desert, run down the outbound access road, turn around at the end, and run down the inbound access road. Turn north onto the northbound lanes of San Pablo, turn west on Magnesia Falls Drive, then north on Monterey Ave. Continue on Monterey, then turn east on Gerald Ford, and north on Gateway. Turn south-west on Dinah Shore, then continue onto Portola Road. Turn west on Magnesia Falls and u-turn at Monterey to follow Magnesia Falls east. Turn-around just after the bridge, then turn southwest into the Aquatic Center parking lot and onto the sidewalk. Follow the sidewalk south into the park to the finish line.
The course map, while a very close approximation of the final course, does not reflect the actual mileage, will be adjusted slightly to guarantee a USATF certified half marathon course, and is subject to change
The 5k course starts in Civic Center Park. After leaving the parking lot, turn north on San Pablo Ave. Turn west on Magnesia Falls Drive, then turn around at Monterey Ave. Continue east on Magnesia Falls, then turn south on San Pablo. Turn east on Magnesia Falls, turn south into the Aquatic Center parking lot, and immediately turn west onto the sidewalk. Follow the sidewalk south into the park and finish in the amphitheater.
The Palm Desert Kids Race is a one kilometer closed course is for 4 to 13 year olds. Each participant will receive a finisher medal and post-race food.
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