2020 Joshua Tree Half Marathon

This has quickly become a favorite of thousands to cap off their racing season! Join us for a fun night under the stars at the 4th running of the Joshua Tree Half Marathon. As the sun dips below the horizon, the party begins with a night race through the desert!

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  • Date: Nov. 7, 2020
  • Terrain: Sand!
  • Difficulty: πŸ’§πŸ’§πŸ’§ Moderate

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Race Details

Date: November 7, 2020
Location: Joshua Tree, California
Start Time: 6:15pm – 10:15pm
Weather: 64Β° / 39Β°F

Course Type: Loop
Stroller friendly? No
Disability friendly? No
Dogs allowed? No

November 7, 2020, 10am–5:00pm
Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground

Bib & Packet Pickup
Expo pickup recommended (bibs available until 5:30pm). Other options.

Registration Periods & Pricing

Early: $109 Feb 7 – May 17
Regular:  $129 May 18 – Sep. 6
Late: $149 Sep. 7 – Race Expo

Refund Policy
Refunds available during:
β€’Early Registration: yes (no fee)
β€’Regular Registration: yes ($10 fee). 
β€’Late Registration: NO 
*Refunds not available due to weather

Deferral, Race Transfer, and Bib Transfer any time through the race expo ($20 fee). Full policy details.

Want to use a deferred credit? 
Login to RunSignup, click Deferrals, Complete Deferments

Travel & Other Info

Fly Into
Palm Springs (PSP) - 1 hr.
Ontario California (ONT) - 2 hrs.
Los Angeles (LAX) - 4 hrs.

Driving Directions: Google Maps

We strongly recommend staying at the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground. Other options.

The 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. This will be a night run. Running through the desert at night comes with unique challenges. The course will not have lighting.

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 trails. The dirt roads will have sand on them adding to the challenge of this course. The loose sand on course that, depending on recent weather and traffic conditions, can range from hard packed dirt to deep sand (imagine running on the beach).

The darkness and the loose sand make this a challenging course and not stroller friendly. Runners should take these conditions into consideration when choosing this race.

*Headlights are required
**Gaiters and buffs/bandanas/etc. are recommended

Additional Details

Aid Stations

Expect about 6 aid stations on the course beginning around mile 3. Aid stations include toilets, water, Gnarly Hydrate, Honey Stinger gels, basic first aid supplies, and sometimes more. 

All stations are cup-free so plan to bring your own hydration solution or request a free HydraPouch when you register. 

Additional Details

Free Training

No matter your skill level, when you're pushing your limits it's nice to have a little guidance. We're excited to offer FREE training programs for all skill levels.
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Travel Info

Getting Here

If you're flying in for the race, we recommend flying into to Palm Springs International airport (PSP). It's the closest but it's small.

If PSP doesn't work for you, the next closest airports are ONT and LAX. 

Where to Stay

We definitely recommend staying at Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground. That's where the expo, start, and finish lines will be located.

Need more options? Check other options on the Joshua Tree Travel Info page

Restaurants & Activities

Our friends at the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce have rounded up some of the best hotels, restaurants and shops providing special promotions for the Joshua Tree Half Marathon!

Race Day

The race expo will be open from 10am to 5:00pm at the Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground. This is where you'll pick up your bib and race packet (available until 5:30pm). All cars should be parked by 5:00pm to avoid congestion and to allow enough time to get ready for the race.

The sun will set at 5:51pm and the race will begin promptly at 6:15pm. You'll have 4 hours to complete the course. 

Clubs & Trifecta

We like to encourage our runners to get out and enjoy the area where we hold our races, so we designate certain challenging and iconic activities in the park to be a part of our official club hikes and less-intense, 3-part trifecta. These will be the Oasis Club, the Boy Scout Club, the Keys Club and the Hidden Valley / Barker Dam / Keys View trifecta.

Learn more about the Club Hikes and Trifecta at Joshua Tree.

Registration Packages & Pricing

Registration Periods

Early Bird: $109 Feb. 7 – May 17
Regular: $129 May 18 – Sep. 6
Late: $149 Sep. 7 – Race Expo

*There is a limited number of entries to each race, and this event may sell out. If the event is sold out, registration will close regardless of registration period.

Such a fun and beautiful race

This was such a fun and beautiful race. And the three days of camping were awesome, right near the finish line.

Pamela Hansen
Yosemite Half Marathon Runner

Race Deferment & Credit

You can manage your deferred credit by logging in to RunSignup, clicking Deferrals, and Complete Deferment. From there you can transfer into another race.

Looking forward to my adventure

Looking forward to my adventure with you guys next year πŸ˜πŸŽ‰

Helayne Heidenreich Lehman

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