John Wayne Grit Series – Pioneertown Half Marathon & 10k

Saturday, March 22, 2025 Pioneertown CA

John Wayne Grit Series – Pioneertown Half Marathon & 10k

Step into a world of adventure while making every step count for a noble cause. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation presents an exhilarating trail race that promises to be unlike any other. This year, the event is all set to take place, and it’s your chance to become part of a unique journey.

What makes this trail race stand out? It’s not just about conquering the challenging terrain; it’s about advancing the fight against cancer. The event supports the John Wayne Cancer Foundation’s relentless efforts in pioneering cancer research and vital programs. Every stride you take in this race contributes to the noble battle against this formidable adversary.

As a participant, you’ll have the exciting choice of running a 10k or a Half Marathon, both leading you through twisting desert mountain trails. The journey unfolds in the historic town of Pioneertown, where adventure seekers from around the world gather to kickstart this thrilling race.

The 10k route embarks on a steep uphill section, a test of your mettle as a trail runner. But the challenge is well worth it. After conquering this ascent, runners will find themselves amidst a serene wooded section. It’s a conservancy trail that offers an opportunity to take in the picturesque surroundings. Eventually, the course loops back, guiding runners towards the start/finish area, where a sense of accomplishment awaits. Along the way, participants can replenish their energy at two well-placed aid and water stations.

For those seeking an even greater adventure, the Half Marathon course beckons with the rugged beauty of the Sawtooth mountains. With an elevation gain of 400 meters, this route is not for the faint-hearted. The breathtaking views of Pioneertown and the high desert will make every challenging step worth it. As you delve into the heart of the mountains, you’ll witness nature’s splendor at its best. The descent towards Pioneertown is equally awe-inspiring, marking your journey’s end.

On the Half Marathon course, runners will find four full aid and water stations thoughtfully positioned to provide the necessary support during this demanding trail race. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation Trail Race is a memorable experience that combines the thrill of trail running with the fulfillment of supporting a significant cause. It’s a chance to become a part of something greater and make a positive impact while embracing the stunning desert landscape. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore, conquer, and contribute to the fight against cancer.

Race Weather & Climate

Pioneertown, California, is a unique desert community situated in San Bernardino County, approximately 120 miles east of Los Angeles. Known for its Old West charm, Pioneertown offers visitors a step back in time and is often a stopping point for those exploring Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave Desert. Its remote desert location and nostalgic ambiance make it a peaceful destination for those seeking a taste of the Wild West in the heart of California’s arid landscapes.

On March 22nd in Pioneertown, CA, you can anticipate an average high temperature of around 70-75°F and an average low temperature of approximately 45-50°F. This date falls in early spring, characterized by mild and warming weather. Rainfall during this time is generally minimal, providing a pleasant and dry spring atmosphere.

John Wayne Grit Series – Pioneertown Half Marathon Race Results

John Wayne Grit Series – Pioneertown Half Marathon Course Map

See the race route map for the John Wayne Grit Series – Pioneertown Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

The half marathon start time is 8:30 AM.


To reserve your spot in the 2025 John Wayne Grit Series – Pioneertown Half Marathon, you can use the registration link here.

Race Fees

  • There is no fee for the Commit to Fundraise $500 & Run the 10K.
  • There is a $80.00 fee for the 10k.
  • There is no fee for the Commit to Fundraise $500 & Run the Half Marathon.
  • There is a $100.00 fee for the half marathon.

John Wayne Grit Series – Pioneertown Half Marathon Race Website

John Wayne Grit Series – Pioneertown Half Marathon Website

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