Palm Desert, Calif., a city of about 50,000 in the Coachella Valley, is approximately 14 miles east of Palm Springs and 122 miles east of Los Angeles. In the wintertime the population of Palm Desert swells by an estimated 31,000 as so-called "snowbirds," people from colder areas in the eastern and northern United States as well as Canada, come to Palm Desert for the winter. And now this popular running event, previously the Palm Springs Half-Marathon and 5K, has relocated to Palm Desert. Sponsored by New Balance as before, this is not only a fun competition, but it also supports the Jody Klein Breast Cancer Fund and the City of Hope.
|Male||1:17:20||Owen Kendall||37||Seattle, WA|
|2nd Male||1:26:18||Neal Gassmann||52||Millcreek, UT|
|3rd Male||1:26:44||Christopher Davis||36||Seattle, WA|
|4th Male||1:28:02||Michael Stadler||38||Freeland, WA|
|Female||1:27:02||Rikke Bitten Bonde||32||Portland, OR|
|2nd Female||1:31:37||Jennifer Albright||30||Vista, CA|
|3rd Female||1:35:17||Rachael Banton||30||Templeton, CA|
|4th Female||1:35:19||Courtney Usher||43||Newark, DE|
|M 40-49||1:29:24||Casey Kim||45||Palm Dessert, CA|
|M 50-59||1:26:18||Neal Gassmann||52||Millcreek, UT|
|M 60-69||1:38:47||Leon Laub||63||Azusa, CA|
|M 70+||1:55:16||Victor Gambone||70||Laguna Beach, CA|
|F 40-49||1:35:19||Courtney Usher||43||Newark, DE|
|F 50-59||1:39:51||Maria Del Carmen Coronel||50||Mexicali, MX|
|F 60-69||1:46:32||Patricia Irving||60||Edmonton, CAN|
|F 70+||2:12:20||Cherie Gruenfeld||75||Cathedral City, CA|
The 13.1 mile course starts in Civic Center Park. After leaving the parking lot, turn north on San Pablo Ave. Turn west on Magnesia Falls Drive, then north on Monterey Ave. Continue on Monterey, then turn east on Gerald Ford, north on Gateway, and east on Dick Kelly. Turn south-west on Dinah Shore, then continue onto Portola Road. Turn west on Magnesia Falls and u-turn at Monterey to follow Magnesia Falls east. Turn south on San Pablo, and turn at the turnaround north of Fred Waring. Follow San Pablo north, then turn east on Magnesia Falls. Turn south into the Aquatic Center parking lot, and immediately turn west onto the sidewalk. Follow the sidewalk south into the park and finish in the amphitheater.
The course map, while a very close approximation of the final course, will be adjusted slightly to guarantee a USATF certified half marathon course.