From the starting line at the aptly named Furnace Creek Ranch on Highway 190, the Death Valley Half Marathon course follows a simple, out-and-back route northward and southward along the road, and is run entirely on paved surfaces. Famous for its elevation below sea level (and, at 282 feet below sea level, as the lowest spot in the Western Hemisphere), the race features views of nearby mountain ranges, including the Cottonwoods, the Blacks, the Grapevines and the Panamints. The only hilly stretches occur between miles 2 and 3 as runners are going out, and then again between 10 and 12 on the return.
Note: The course map above provides the approximate route for the race. Though every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, changes are sometimes made to race routes due to weather conditions, road closures or other circumstances that can require a course to be changed. If you see an error above, contact us here.