California > Palm Springs Half Marathon, Relay & 5K
Palm Springs, CA • Sunday, February 10, 2013 • Course Map
With a flat and fast course that will give many experienced half-marathoners a chance to set personal record times, the Palm Springs Half Marathon, Relay & 5K Run/Walk takes runners
through the streets of this oasis city in California's Mojave Desert, within full view of the nearby San Jacinto Mountains to the west, the Little Bernardino Mountains to the north and the Santa Rose Mountains to the south.
More than 1,600 runners crossed the finish line in both the half marathon and 5K combined at the race's 2012 running, with more than 1,000 of those finishers competing in the half marathon alone.
The race begins in downtown Palm Springs' Ruth Hardy Park, and takes runners along a winding out-and-back route that loops through the city's Las Palmas neighborhoods, and includes views of famous celebrities' homes like those of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. Though much of the race follows through residential neighborhoods and urban areas, there's plenty of scenery especially in the distance, from the snow-capped mountains that look over the course and the desert flora and fauna along the way.
Both the half marathon and the 5K courses are certified by USA Track
and Field, and there are many twists and turns during the race including several
short out-and-back stretches along neighborhood streets. There's
little change in elevation throughout the race, though -- thanks to the
course's location in the desert -- so runners don't encounter any
significant uphill or downhill stretches during the race.
Weather & Climate
Set in the Southern California desert about two hours east of Los
Angeles and just miles from nearby Joshua Tree National Park, the city
of Palm Springs tends to experience dry and very hot summers and mild
winter seasons, with little wet weather at any time during the year. In
February, average monthly temperatures range between 75°F and
47°F, while rainfall amounts average about 1.15 inches for the
View the race route map for the Palm Springs Half Marathon
$55 for the individual half marathon, if registered before November 1, 2012
$65 between Nov. 1 - January 31, 2013
$75 between February 1 and the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the late winter 2013 running of the Palm Springs Half Marathon, Relay or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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