Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k

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Race the Coachella Valley's original half marathon at the Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5K. Challenge yourself on the fast ½ marathon course or the flat and fast (and completely closed) 5K course. Get your blood pumping at this amazing run and embrace the spectacular views.
Half Marathon, 5k and 1k kids run
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Sun, Feb 12, 2023
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Palm Desert, United States
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Where and when
Civic Center Park, 43900 San Pablo Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260, USA
Start times
Sun, Feb 12, 2023
Half Marathon:
7:00am |
7:30am |
1k kids run:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k
Half Marathon
$65.00 - $105.00
$25.00 - $60.00
1k kids run
$14.00 - $22.00
Route information
Half Marathon
Terrain: Road / Pavement
Elevation: Flat
This 13.1 mile course starts at Palm Desert Civic Center Park. You will run along the surrounding streets of Palm Desert, taking in amazing views of the surrounding mountains and desert. This single looped course is perfect for all abilities, accommodating both runners and walkers. There are two gradually climbs on the course, followed by two gradual downhills, with the rest of the course being completely flat. This is the perfect race for both the first time ½ marathoner or the veteran looking for a PR.
Terrain: Road / Pavement
Elevation: Flat
This 5k course is perfect for all abilities of runners or walkers. This completely closed course is also completely flat, so blaze your way to a PR or take a nice Sunday morning stroll with your friends and family.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Race T-Shirt
  • Chip-Timed results
  • Awards for Top 3 Finishers in each age group
  • Post-Race Food and Drink
Kids Run:
  • Finisher Medal
  • Post-Race Food and Drink
How to get there
Civic Center Park, 43900 San Pablo Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260, USA
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There will be ample parking available at Civic Center Park.
Event day logistics
When is the Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k?
The 2022 Palm Desert ½ Marathon & 5k will take place on February 13.
What time does the Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k start?
7:00 am – Half Marathon 7:30 am – 5k 10:00 am – Kids’ 1k
Where is the Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k's Start/ Finish line?
The race begins and ends at Civic Center Park – 43900 San Pablo Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260.
Is there a time limit to complete the Palm Desert Half Marathon?
There is not. However, parts of the course will begin to reopen at 10:30 am, at which time participants still running or walking will be asked to move to the sidewalk.
How do I sign up for the Palm Desert Half Marathon?
Book your tickets here! Alternatively you can register at pre-race registration and packet pickup, or on race day at Civic Center Park.
What do I get for racing the Palm Desert Half Marathon and 5k?
Half Marathon and 5k participants receive a bib with a timing chip, a snazzy race shirt, a finisher’s medal, and post-race grub. 1k Kids Race participants receive a bib, finisher medal, and post-race grub.
What are the event's COVID-19 rules?
Per current California Department of Public Health protocols for outdoor events, Southland Events are not requiring verification of vaccination status, verification of a negative COVID test, or use of masks at this event. With that said, this event will have over 1,000 participants and hundreds of spectators. Organizers want everyone to feel comfortable and safe, whatever that might mean to you. They highly recommend wearing a mask when in large groups where social distancing might not be possible (the start line, for example). No matter what you decide is best for you, your family, friends, and your fellow participants, they will not tolerate anyone who berates or threatens others for their decisions, whether you are someone who decides to wear a mask or not. If you are found to be harassing someone for any reason, the race producers will disqualify you from the race. Please be considerate of your fellow racers and allow everyone to have a good time.
Will organisers be giving out the Brick again?
Unfortunately, organizers will not be giving away the Brick in 2022. We hope to bring it back in 2023. Organizers suggest that those participants interested in the Brick contact the Tour de Palm Springs and ask them to partner with this race to bring the Brick back.
Where can I find the race confirmation info?
Race information emails will be sent out two weeks prior to the event.
If I sign up for the race, and I cannot participate, can I get a refund or transfer my registration to someone else?
The Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k has a NO REFUNDS policy, but you may transfer your entry to another person. Please email for transfer instructions.
If I cannot participate, can I defer my entry to next year?
You cannot defer your entry to next year. If you cannot make your race please contact as soon as possible to discuss your options.
Can I change distances?
Yes. Contact to transfer to a different race.
How can I make changes to my registration (t-shirt size, name misspelling, etc.)?
If you have misspelled your name, changed addresses, etc., please email the corrected information to
How many aid stations are on the course?
For the half marathon, there are 8 aid stations at miles .95, 2.7, 4.7, 6.5, 8.4, 9.9, 11.5 and 12.5. For the 5k, there will be 1 aid station that participants will pass 3 times.
Is there any nutrition on the course?
Yes. Gu gels will be available at miles 9.9 for half marathon participants only.
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.
Can I wear headphones?
Yes. USATF rules allow the use of headphones. However, organisers ask that you keep one headphone out so that you can hear directions from race officials or emergency vehicles. Those participants who wish to compete for awards may not wear headphones.
When and where is the packet pick-up?
Location: Civic Center Park Saturday, February 12 – 10:00am to 4:00pm Sunday, February 13 – 5:30am to race start
Can I register in person?
Yes, you can register at packet pickup.
Can a friend or family member pick up my race packet?
No, you must pick up your own race packet. You will be required to show ID when you do so. The only exception will be parents and guardians picking up packets for minors.
How old do I need to be to enter the Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k?
All ages are allowed to participate in the Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5k. There is also a 1k kid's race for ages 4 to 13.
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