Joshua Tree Half Marathon

Joshua Tree National Park
November 3, 2018 | 5:45 pm

We tried something new last year and the Inaugural Joshua Tree Half Marathon was our first ever night race! It was a lot of fun. Thanks to all those who joined us. 2018 brings a new course that you'll love even more!

The Course

We have made several significant changes and improvements to our inaugural course. This course is a challenging course through the Mojave Desert in Joshua Tree, Ca (just minutes outside of Joshua Tree National Park) near Copper Mountain.

The race will start and finish at the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground. With the exception of a quarter mile at the start and a one mile section in the middle, this course is entirely on dirt roads and trail. The dirt roads will have sand on them adding to the challenge of this course.

It is completely runnable, but runners should understand these conditions are difficult and not stroller friendly. That is the price we pay to run under the stars through the desert!

Additional Details


We are pleased to share with you FREE training programs to prepare for the Joshua Tree Half Marathon!

Active at Altitude has teamed up with Vacation Races to be the Official Training Partner and offers two levels of training plans for each race. The Beginner program is 16 weeks, and the Intermediate program is 12 weeks. These programs are free and are sent via e-newsletter every 4 weeks. 

Bib & Packet Pickup

You have a couple of options for picking up your bib and race packet including: at the Race Expo,  or mailed to you.

The race expo will be held at the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground in Joshua Tree, CA.

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The expo location and race is held at the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground (2601 Sunfair Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252) which is northwest of the park's boundaries. You can either drive or fly to an airport nearby Joshua Tree, CA. The closest airport is Palm Springs International airport (PSP). It's about an hour away and most airlines fly here. 

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Race Day

Both the expo and the half marathon race are held on the same day, November 3rd. The start and finish are also located at the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground (same as the expo). We will not be offering any shuttles form the surrounding towns, so please plan accordingly!

This race will be a nighttime event and we require everyone to bring a headlamp or other light to run with.

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Clubs & Trifecta

To help you make the most out of your visit to Joshua Tree National Park, we've put together some recommended "Club Hikes" and  a Trifecta Challenge. Do these within 72 hours after the race and you can earn free Vacation Races memorabilia. 

>>View club hike and trifecta details


Can't wait to race it again with the Sole Sisters!

Tammy Humble Colby
Lake Powell Half Marathon Runner

Registration Periods

Early Bird: Feb. 16 – May 13, 2018
Regular: May 14 – Aug. 26, 2018
Late: Aug. 27 – Nov. 3, 2018

Joshua Tree Half Marathon

November 3rd, 2018

  • Joshua Tree Half Race Entry
  • Official Race Shirt
  • Race Bib
  • Hydrapouch (if requested)
  • Finisher Medal

$149 / runner

$99 / runner

Save $50 thru May 13th

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