October 26

2021 Joshua Tree Race Guide (Podcast – Episode 30)

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Get ready to run in the dark. Make sure your headlamp batteries are charged and your calves are ready for sand because this is Joshua Tree! 

Before heading to Joshua Tree, make sure you read the Race Guide. It covers everything you need to know for the event including bib pick-up, parking, aid stations, and more. You'll want to get your bib at our Race Expo on Saturday, November 6, the day of the race. Here, we can help answer any lingering questions you may have. 

For now, please read the Race Guide. After you've read it, you can also listen to an audio version of the Race Guide on our Vacation Races and Friends podcast! Give it a listen!

When you read the Race Guide, please pay special attention to the following pages:

  • Pages 2-3 - Event Schedule & Race Expo
  • Pages 4-5 - RaceDetails 
  • Page 5 - Course Map
  • Page 6 - Race Parking, Drop-off, & Spectators

Toward the end of the guide, we share how you can participate in the Explorer Club to get suggestions on what to see and do while you're in the area. When you complete the Explorer Club challenge you earn a special badge (in addition to your race medal) for completing it! Learn more here.

Mar’rah: a Mojave Oasis

The area we now know as Twentynine Palms, sitting on the edge of the Mojave Desert, was once known as Mar’rah or Mara by the Chemehuevi, which means “little springs and much grass”. Though it may seem like a barren landscape, to the native peoples who dwelled here it is a land of
plenty. Thanks to oasis and their strategy of irrigiating the land, they were able to create gardens of native food.


Before Chemehuevi made the Oasis their permanent home, Serrano, Cahuilla, and other Indians lived in the area and used the desert landscape for hunting and gathering. The Serrano creation story had their people living in the Mar’rah oasis since the time Serrano came to earth.

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2021 Joshua Tree Half Marathon Race Guide



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