18th Annual New Balance Palm Desert Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5k

Jan 24, 2016

After 17 years, the New Balance Palm Springs 1/2 Marathon & 5k is moving to the City of Palm Desert as the New Balance Palm Desert 1/2 Marathon & 5k. While we will be changing our location and course, you can still expect the same attention to detail and event quality you've been expecting for the last 17 years. Our event will still be walker and dog friendly, and we'll still have two and three person relay teams. We'll also be adding some new features, including a more competitive runner friendly course, and expanded post-race festivities, including more food options and a beer garden presented by Coachella Valley Brewing Company.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a great day!

  • INFO / REGISTER
  • HOTELS
  • DIRECTIONS
  • COURSE MAP

How To Register:

Online registration is now closed, but you can still register on Friday, January 22 from 2PM to 6PM and Saturday, January 23 from 10AM to 4PM at New Balance - 73-399 El Paseo #105 - or at the event site, Civic Center Park in Palm Desert - 43900 San Pablo Ave. - on Sunday, January 24 from 5:30AM to 7AM.

Half Marathon Registration:

Before November 16, 2015: $55.00
November 16 - December 31, 2015: $65.00
January 1 - January 23, 2016: $70.00
Race Day: $75.00

Half Marathon Relay Registration:
(Teams of 2 or 3)

Relay Legs - For two person relay teams, the first team member will run or walk 6.2 miles, while the second team member will run or walk 6.9 miles. For three person relay teams, the first team member will run or walk 6.2 miles, the second team member will run or walk 3.8 miles, and the third team member will run or walk 3.1 miles. The first relay tag zone will be serviced by a shuttle bus that will pick up and drop off the first and second team members. The second relay tag zone is a short walk from the start/finish line area. 

Before November 16, 2015: $75.00
November 16 - December 31, 2015: $85.00
January 1 - January 23, 2016: $95.00
Race Day: $100.00

Start Time: 7:00 a.m. 

5K Run/Walk Registration:

Before December 31, 2015: $35.00
January 1 - January 23, 2016: $40.00
Race Day: $45.00

Start Time: 7:15 a.m. 

Your entry fee includes a cool tech racing shirt, finisher medal, post-race food, one free beer at the Coachella Valley Brewing Company Beer Garden (you must be of legal drinking age on the day of the event), awards to top three in each age group, prizes, chip timing, music and more. 

The Return of the Brick Award:

When triathletes do a bike ride followed by a run, they call it a brick. In 2016, the New Balance Palm Desert 1/2 Marathon & 5k brings back Fitness Weekend and the coveted brick award. Yes, it's an actual brick adorned with a plaque commemorating a great achievement: going for a bike ride on Saturday and participating in either the 1/2 marathon or 5k on Sunday. To receive your brick, you just need to show us that you went for a bike ride on Saturday after completing either run distance on Sunday. How do you prove your toughness?

1) If you participate in an organized bike ride, bring proof of registration to the brick tent at the New Balance Palm Desert 1/2 Marathon & 5k finish line.

2) If you go for your own ride, take a photo of yourself and post it to Facebook or Instagram with hashtag #palmdeserthalf. We'll check your account at the brick tent.

Packet Pickup:

Want to pickup your packet on race morning? You can do that! Want to sleep in instead? You can do that too! You can choose the packet pickup option that works best for you. If you want to pick up your packet before race day, our title sponsor New Balance is hosting packet pickup at their store at 73-399 El Paseo in Palm Desert on Friday, January 22 from 2PM to 6PM, and on Saturday, January 23 from 10AM to 4PM. You can also pickup your packet race morning, January 24 at Civic Center Park, starting at 5:30AM.

Confirmation:

All pre-registered participants will receive an email from us about two weeks before the event with all the detailed information needed for race weekend including packet pick up location and times.
If you haven't heard from us within two weeks of the event please contact us at kleinclark@earthlink.net

Confirmation Information HERE.

Printable Entry Form

For information on accommodations in Palm Desert, click HERE to go to the City of Palm Desert's tourism site. Once there, hover over "Visiting Palm Desert" with your cursor and click "Hotels and Accommodations."

Directions to Civic Center Park:

From the west: take Interstate 10 East to Monterey Ave. exit, turn right, drive approximately 5.5 miles, turn left on Fred Waring, turn left into Civic Center (first left after San Pablo).

From the east: take Fred Waring west, turn right into Civic Center (first right after San Pascual). 

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Half Marathon Course - Click HERE to view course map

The 13.1 mile course starts in Civic Center Park. After leaving the parking lot, turn north on San Pablo Ave. Turn west on Magnesia Falls Drive, then north on Monterey Ave. Continue on Monterey, then turn east on Gerald Ford, north on Gateway, and east on Dick Kelly. 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 south on San Pablo, and turn at the turnaround north of Fred Waring. Follow San Pablo north, then 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 course map, while a very close approximation of the final course, will be adjusted slightly to guarantee a USATF certified half marathon course, and is subject to change.

5k Course - Click HERE to view course map

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 course map, while a very close approximation of the final course, will be adjusted slightly to guarantee a USATF certified 5k course, and is subject to change.

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