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California > Death Valley Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Death Valley, CA  •  Saturday, November 23, 2013  •  Course Map


When the mercury reached 134°F here in July 1913, Death Valley officially claimed the title of the world's hottest place -- no place on earth has reached a higher officially recorded temperature, according to the World Meteorological Organization. That's where you'll be running at the all-new Death Valley Half Marathon, part of a trio of destination races in November and December organized by Planet Ultra.

The Death Valley Half Marathon is the second of the three races -- the Valley of Fire Half Marathon is set to run first on Nov. 16, while the Tri-States Half Marathon follows on Dec. 7. Like the others, it will take runners on a course through some of the desert Southwest's most stark, dramatic and extreme landscapes, along the rolling hills, sands and mountains of the Mojave Desert.

All three race distances are set to follow out-and-back routes that start and finish at the Ranch at Furnace Creek resort inside Death Valley National Park, an aptly-named place near the center of the park that serves as the perfect starting-off point to visit sights like Zabriskie Point, the Devil's Golf Course and Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the northern hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level.

Due to park restrictions, the number of entrants will be limited to 300 runners total across all three race distances (half marathon, 10K and 5K). The race will feature its own finisher medal and tech t-shirts for all entrants, provided you have signed up by Oct. 23, as well as a pre-race yoga practice session on Friday with fitness trainer Elizabeth Jefferson, who will be teaching a Hatha flow class that is designed especially for runners.

Weather conditions of course are highly changeable, and temperatures can swing widely between darkness and daylight here in Death Valley. While the hottest weather here occurs in the summer -- when temperatures routinely reach 110°F and often higher, sometimes much higher -- November temperatures are typically much less extreme. Still, arrive prepared for extreme conditions, depending on the weather in the days leading up to the race.

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the California-Nevada state line in Southern California, about 290 miles north of Los Angeles and roughly 120 miles west of Las Vegas, Death Valley typically sees November temperatures that average between 47°F and 76°F, while rainfall totals are negligible, averaging just over a tenth of an inch for the month.

On the day of the race (Nov. 23), the average low is 44°F and the average high is 72°F.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Death Valley Half Marathon

Starting Times

7:00 AM - half marathon
7:15 AM - 10K, 5K


$94 for the half marathon, if registered by October 23, 2013
$99 between Oct. 24 - November 20
$104 after Nov. 20


To reserve your spot in the late fall 2013 running of the Death Valley Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com.

Official Race Website


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