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USA Women's Marathon & Half Marathon

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Take part in this luxury half marathon and marathon event which loops around Palm Desert, CA. Perfect for men and woman alike, the course tracks along Magnesia Falls Drive before finishing in the Civic Centre Park. After, enjoy a post-race mimosa and soak up the epic atmosphere.

Review summary

8 Reviews
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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


"If I want to run another half marathon I’ll just run it for fun around my..."


Sydney E
"Very unorganized!!<br />No lights at the bibs pickup.<br />Had to use my iPhone..."


Katy P
"Lots of improvements needed. Packet pick up extremely crowded. Pasta dinner a..."
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How to enter the USA Women's Marathon & Half Marathon

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi

USA Women's Marathon & Half Marathon routes

A six hour time limit. Full marathon is two laps of the half marathon course

Half Marathon
5 hour time limit. The race starts at Palm Desert Civic Center Park running along Magnesia Falls Drive to Monterrey Ave, (R) on Country Club Dr, (R) on Oasis Club Drive, (R) Hovley Ln, (L) on Cook St., and (R) Fred Waring Rd with a final turn into the Civic Center Park for the finish.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Luxury "5th Avenue" jeweler necklace
  • lululemon finisher's shirt (male/female specific)
  • Pasta dinner at the Lifestyle Expo
  • Champagne, Mimosas, Kombucha at the finish
  • Continental buffet breakfast finish line
  • Massages and Yoga ...and so much more!
Raceday Logistics

Thursday 21 November
15:00 - 18:00 - Packet pickup and Lifestyle Expo

Friday 22 November
11:00 - 19:00 - Packet pickup and Lifestyle Expo
17:00 - 19:00 - Complimentary pasta dinner

Saturday 23 November - RACEDAY
04:30 - Parking lot opens
06:30 - Marathon start
07:30 - Half marathon start
08:00 - 13:00 - Vendor Village opens
08:30 - Live entertainment begins
08:45 - Mimosa bar and buffet opens
08:45 - 13:00 - Massage tents open (to runners only)
09:00 - 13:00 - Yoga village opens

The USA Women’s Marathon & Half Marathon weekend requires the help of many enthusiastic and hard working volunteers to make it happen. Volunteers provide key support to hundreds of participants as they reach their goal of completing a Full and Half Marathon. There are a variety of fun and exciting positions available, and no experience is necessary to volunteer. There’s nothing better than having a front row seat to the event!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can men enter?
Of course. Men can definitely register in the lottery and run. Every finisher, men and women, will receive the same Tiffany necklace although there is an option for a men’s lululemon finisher’s shirt.
Are my lottery chances better if I register as a team?
We will try to accommodate teams first, but single lottery registrations still have a very good chance.
If I can’t run or find someone to transfer my bib to, can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, no. All sales are final and non-refundable. Sorry…no exceptions.
Can I transfer my bib to the following year or another race?
Unfortunately, this event does not allow roll-overs.

USA Women's Marathon & Half Marathon weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

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USA Women's Marathon & Half Marathon reviews (8)

1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • S


    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    If I want to run another half marathon I’ll just run it for fun around my neighborhood.
    Bib pick up was on Friday if you were unable to attend you have to pay an additional $25 on top of the $270+ race fee. Not enough water stations ESPECIALLY towards the last 6 miles of the race! I got so dehydrated, that sensation kicked in and wasn’t sure when I’d get some water. The lines at the mimosa & food area were so packed post race it wasn’t even worth standing in line. Not to mention the massage line (I asked a few girls how long they had been and they said they had been waiting over an hr)!!
    Definitely NOT the experience I was hoping for !! Save your money folks, if you’re like me that flew in (airfare, hotel about $300 per night) the race, save your money and go on your own personal vacation! Again never will I run this again!
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    Sydney E

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Very unorganized!!
    No lights at the bibs pickup.
    Had to use my iPhone to help the volunteer find my bib.
    Then when I got my bib, the volunteer guy told me to go to another line to get my wrist bands, SERIOUSLY?!!?
    Pasta line was ridiculously miles long!!
    Thanks to the volunteers on along the course..:more law enforcements needed to ensure the runners’ safety.
    I saw drivers sped by, next lane to the runners....!!!!
    Also the slogan. “Run Like a Girl” needs to be changed to “Run Strong or Run Like a Beast!”
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    Katy P

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Lots of improvements needed. Packet pick up extremely crowded. Pasta dinner a joke. Receiving necklace at end extremely long wait. Brunch ran out food. Gatorade out at water stops. Not enough volunteers. Not worth entry fee. Stay away from this one
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    Julie R

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    This overpriced event was so poorly organized from beginning to end. All of the 'boujee' perks that were advertised were unattainable. My 9 year old daughter and I waited over an hour for the pasta, they ran out several times, didn't communicate it with us. We finally left. The lines for the breakfast, LONG. I didn't even bother waiting for my mimosa or a massage when I saw the lines. I spent $25 on extra tickets for family for food that I wasn't able to use. Water stations were empty. Very poorly run event and they should be issuing refunds.
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    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Very bad organization, course is ok with no atmosphere, they have great attitude, but far away to make it a good event. I would preferred a medal than a necklace, T-shirt is made for super skinny people...
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    Mel b

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Poorly planned. Long waits. No water ready at most stations. Nothing redeeming or motivating about this race. Worst I have ever participated in. Organizers should be ashamed and refunding money.
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    Ann T

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    All the lines were horrible for pasta dinner (ran out of food), breakfast buffet afterwards and massages. I had bought extra tickets for my husband and we didn't have the pasta dinner or the breakfast buffet. Tried to get a massage but too long. We had to stand for a long time in the sun. So, in addition to costing money for my husband, we went out to eat and I lost my meals included with registration fee. Also, some of the stops on the course ran out of Gatorade. I don't think I would do it again even though the necklace was beautiful and loved the shirt. Needs to be better organized
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    Melanie H

    Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    The weather was nice, and the course was pretty; however, that was all that was redeeming. This was an extremely expensive half marathon, and it was the worst organized event that I have ever been to. The event was planned to accommodate about 100 people, and that’s about it. The lines for your bib weren’t done by bib numbers so some lines were so long, you waited 45 minutes-an hour and were wrapped around in these tiny little spots between stores, and people trying to shop. The pasta dinner had a line that took about an hour to get your food, and the area to sit was able to accommodate maybe 100 people, at most. The heats weren’t staggered so everyone rushed out at once and everyone walking and not prepared to run the event pushed in front, causing a lot of blockages and safety issues as they stopped to walk in the middle of the packs of people. After the event was every line was out of control with 30+ minute wait times for everything. The line for the necklaces was wound around and had no organization to it, after waiting 30 minutes, I left to grab my shirt and walk away. The bags weren’t even packed with necklaces and women were being allowed to stop and take pictures with the attractive guys passing out the necklaces which backed everything up even more. There was no space for the finishers to even come into the area where the necklaces and shirts were. The buffet ran out of most of the food within an hour of the 2 hour finishers. The mimosas area was self contained so there was almost no room to drink your drink even after you got it. The massage tables had about 6 masseurs so the lines for that was an hour wait. The live music hadn’t even started by 3 hours post the start. Never found the yoga. Bottom line, don’t waste your money. This was horribly organized and run, and it was expensive too. There are other nice courses. Pick one of those because this was frustrating and exhausting to deal with.
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