With some of the best weather in the country, Greater Palm Springs offers the ideal setting for fall and winter fun and fitness. If your fitness goals include taking part in a race, this is the place to be. Whether you are a serious competitor or serious about healthy fun, the Coachella Valley has something for everyone: day or night races, from two legs to four, and from glitter to glow, you will find it all here.
Y Be Fit Palm Desert Challenge | Palm Desert Civic Center
7 a.m., October 1
This event has it all! A mini-triathlon, 5K run/walk, 1K color run for the family, a health and fitness fair, music, and more.
Desert Glow Fest | Downtown Cathedral City
5 p.m., October 7
Desert Glow Fest (formerly Health Glo) returns with an enhanced 5K which includes kid-friendly obstacles along the black light lit course. The accompanying festival offers art, music, food, and beer and wine tastings.
United Way’s 32nd Annual Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge
7 a.m., October 28
One of the valley’s most challenging races includes a 2,000 ft. vertical climb in just over 3.7 miles. This year’s event is Halloween-themed and participants are encouraged to raise pledges benefiting the United Way of the Desert.
5th Annual Run with Los Muertos | Old Town Coachella
6 p.m., November 4
As part of the Dia de Los Muertos block party in Old Town Coachella, this nighttime run attracts many spectators and features live music, an art show, beer garden and more. In line with tradition, many run to honor loved ones who have passed.
Joshua Tree Half Marathon | Joshua Tree Campground
5:45 p.m., November 4
Run through a moon-lit desert under sparkling skies at this inaugural event. Beginning at sunset on the full moon, the run starts and ends at Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground just outside Joshua Tree National Park.
Veteran’s Day Patriots 5K | Frances Stevens Park
12 p.m., November 11
Run to honor and support organizations that serve our active duty and veterans. This 5K run/walk is runner, walker, stroller and dog-friendly and precedes the City of Palm Springs Veteran's Day Parade, entertainment and fireworks show.
La Quinta Turkey Trottin’ on the Trails | Old Town La Quinta
7:30 a.m., November 23
The La Quinta Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk includes paved walks and hiking trails. Celebrating its 19th year, the race will start on the Bear Creek Trail near the intersection of Avenida Montezuma and Calle Chillon in Old Town La Quinta.
Running Wild’s Wild Turkey Trot | Downtown Palm Springs
8 a.m., November 23
Begin your Thanksgiving Day burning calories and making room for more! Start and finish in iconic downtown on Palm Canyon Drive in this festive event which benefits Mizell Senior Center.
11th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K | El Paseo Drive, Palm Desert
8 a.m., November 23
Enjoy the desert’s crisp autumn air in this fun run/walk along Palm Desert’s famed El Paseo Drive. Proceeds benefit Martha’s Village & Kitchen’s programs and services which help homeless and underserved residents of Coachella Valley.
Santa Paws | Temple Isaiah in Palm Springs
9 a.m., December 16
Bring your furry friends to this dog-loving fun run/walk presented by The Palm Springs Lions Club and benefitting Guide Dogs of the Desert. This feel good event is filled with holiday cheer as each participant receives a 5-piece Santa suit that can be worn on the course and is yours to keep.
Red Carpet Run | American Legion Post Palm Springs
8 a.m., January 6
Dress as your favorite celebrity – or become one – at this festive 5K & 10K event presented by the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Start and end on the red carpet while running past celebrity homes of the iconic past. Old prom dresses, tuxes, boxers and bow ties, and other costumes are encouraged as you dodge paparazzi, twirl to the music, and sign autographs for fans as you cross the finish line.
Palm Springs Health Run & Fitness Expo | Ruth Hardy Park
8 a.m., January 27
Start the New Year off right with this 5k, 10k and beginner run that begins and ends with a large health and wellness festival offering giveaways, services, fitness experts, and cooking demonstrations.
Heroes in Recovery 6K | Michael’s House Palm Springs
8 a.m., January 28
It takes a heroic effort to live clean and sober. Heroes in Recovery celebrates that effort with a 6k race that goes the extra mile to inspire participants and the community to banish the stigma and support addition recovery.
The Living Desert’s Cheetah Run 5K | Palm Desert
7:30 a.m., February 3
This is a rare opportunity to race through the Greater Palm Springs’s world-renowned zoo and botanical gardens. The beautiful and challenging 5k course combines pavement and trails as you take in the many sights and sounds of the nature that surrounds you.
New Balance Palm Desert Half Marathon & 5K | Civic Center Park
7 a.m., February 11
The oldest half marathon in the Coachella Valley begins and ends in beautiful Civic Center Park. Run as an individual or relay team in the half marathon or take part in the flat and fast 5k race. A 1k fun run for kids 4-13 is also offered.
Shamrock 5K & Lil’ Leprechaun Dash | American Legion Post Palm Springs
Don your St. Patty’s gear and join the Palm Springs Lions Club for their annual celebration which ends with an ice cold beer. Crazy fun for runners, walkers, strollers and four-legged friends alike. The Lil' Leprechaun Dash is for kids 10 and under and includes a cool hat and other surprises.
8th Annual Run for Ike | Palm Springs Police Department 200 S. Civic
6:30 a.m., March 31
This family friendly event is held in memory of Palm Springs Police Department K-9 Officer Ike who was killed in the line of duty in 2011. The 5k race benefits the PSPD K-9 Fund and features K-9 demonstrations, swat team and vehicles, free children fingerprinting, pet adoption, police department open house and more. Lots of fun for the entire family!