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New Balance Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k

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Test yourself around the scenic yet challenging Palm Desert Half Marathon and 5K. Perfect for first-time runners and veterans alike, the route kicks off in the Civic Center Park, before heading out onto Magnesia Falls. Come for the unique finisher's medal or for the post-race beer.

How to enter the New Balance Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    $85–$110
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  2. 5k

    Run 5km
    $35–$55
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  3. 1K Kids' Run

    Run 1km
    $18
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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
  • Free tech t-shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Post-race snacks
  • Official chip timing
  • One free beer
  • Prizes
  • Age grade prizes
Raceday Logistics

Schedule:

05:00 AM:
Packet pick-up opens

07:00 AM: ½ Marathon

07:30 AM: 5k

10:00 AM: Kids’ 1k

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before your race start time.

Race packs can also be collected on Friday 7th between 1400 - 1800 and on Saturday 8th between 1000 - 1600.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the half marathon have a cut-off time?
No, however, parts of the course will reopen 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 in two or three-person teams. In two person relay teams, the first team member will run 6.5 miles and the second team member will run 6.6 miles. While in three person relay teams, the first will run 6.5, the second will run 3.4, and the third will run 3.2. There will be 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. However, please be sure to line up at the back of your starting group.
Can I run with a dog?
Dogs are allowed in the 5k only, as long as they are friendly and on a leash. Dogs are not permitted in any other races.
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New Balance Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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Predicted highs
50°F
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 6mph

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