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New Balance Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k

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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

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    $75–$100
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  2. 5k

    Run 5km
    $30–$50
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  3. 1K Kids' Run

    Run 1km
    $16
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New Balance Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k routes

Half Marathon
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

5K
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.

Kids Race
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.

Event Details

What’s Included

1/2 Marathon & 5K participants receive the official race t-shirt, finisher medal, post-race snacks, bib with official chip timing, one free beer at the beer garden (you must be of legal drinking age on the day of the event), awards for overall winners and top three in each age group/relay division, prizes and more.

Raceday Logistics

Start Times
7:00 AM – ½ Marathon
7:30 AM – 5k
10:00 AM – Kids’ 1k

FAQs

IS THERE A TIME LIMIT TO COMPLETE THE ½ MARATHON?
There is not. However, we will begin to reopen parts of the course at 10:30AM, at which time participants still running or walking will be asked to move to the sidewalk.

HOW DOES THE RELAY WORK?
You can sign up as a two- or three-person relay team. We have relay checkpoints at 6.5 miles and 9.9 miles. The race is set up so that for two person relay teams, the first team member will run 6.5 miles and the second team member will run 6.6 miles, while for three person relay teams, the first will run 6.5, the second will run 3.4, and the third will run 3.2. We will have shuttle buses going between the start/finish line area and the two relay points starting at 6:45AM.

CAN I RUN WITH A STROLLER?
Yes, you can! Please line up at the back of your starting group.

CAN I RUN WITH A DOG?
You may walk with your dog in the 5k only, as long as they are friendly and on a leash. You may not run with your dog in any of the distances.

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New Balance Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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