California > Skyborne Half Marathon & 5K
Desert Hot Springs, CA • Saturday, December 8, 2012 • Course Map
Sunscreen, a hat and a good pair of sunglasses will be a must when you take to the highway along the desert floor of Southern California's Coachella Valley at the second annual Skyborne Half Marathon and 5K race, which unfolds mostly along a single highway with views of the giant windmills of the wind farms here, and the peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains off in the distance.
Nearly 180 runners crossed the finish line at the inaugural race in 2011 -- with 85 finishers in the 5K and 94 in the 13.1-mile race. This year's race will follow an out-and-back route that starts and finishes at the entrance to the Skyborne residential community, at the intersection of Skyborne Drive and Pierson Boulevard. From there, runners make their way past the roundabout at the entrance onto Pierson, where they turn right and head west until they reach Worsley Road.
At Worsley, the race first turns left and heads south, all the way down to the first turnaround point at Dillon Road. Once runners make the turn there, they head north along Worsley for roughly the next six miles, along a gradual uphill that peaks at the race turnaround point at Worsley and Indian Canyon Drive, just past the mile 9 marker. After making the turnaround there, runners then head south along Worsley and it's all downhill in to the race finish, back at Skyborne from the turn off Pierson.
Open to both runners and walkers, the Skyborne Half Marathon doesn't have a cutoff time, which means participants are free to finish the race at their own pace. The scheduled starting time for the half marathon is 8:00 AM, followed by the 5K at 8:30 AM.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in California's Coachella Valley, just north of Palm Springs and just west of Joshua Tree National Park (and about 110 miles east of Los Angeles), Desert Hot Springs typically sees December temperatures that average between 70°F and 43°F, while precipitation amounts average just over half an inch for the month. On the day of the race (Dec. 8), the average high is 71°F and the average low is 44°F.
View the race route map for the Skyborne Half Marathon
$50 for the half marathon, if registered before November 1, 2012
$55 between Nov. 1 - December 5
$60 on the day of the race
$5 off registration fee for entrants 55 years and older, and for kids age 14 and younger
To reserve your spot in the late fall/early winter 2012 running of Desert Hot Springs's Skyborne Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
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