How To Register

You have four ways to register:

  1. Online: REGISTER NOW
  2. You can register in person at either pre-race packet pickup or on race day. Click Schedule for more information.


Category Until 7/14 7/15 – 9/15 9/16 – 12/15 12/16-2/8
½ Marathon – Individual $60 $65 $75 $85
½ Marathon – Relay (per team) $85 $90 $100 $110
5k – Individual $35 $40 $40 $45
5k – Individual Youth (14 & under as of event day) $25 $30 $30 $35
1k kids run – Individual (4 to 13 as of event day) $14 $16 $16 $18

Relay costs are per team. Relay teams can consist of two or three participants. Race Weekend includes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on-site registration.

1/2 Marathon & 5K participants receive the official race t-shirt, finisher medal, post-race snacks, bib with official chip timing, one free beer at the beer garden (you must be of legal drinking age on the day of the event), awards for overall winners and top three in each age group/relay division, prizes and more.

Kids Race

The New Balance Palm Desert 1/2 Marathon & 5K Kids Race presented by the Old Spaghetti Factory is a one kilometer closed course is for 4 to 13 year olds. Each participant will receive a finisher medal, post-race food, a youth tech shirt, and a free kids meal at the Old Spaghetti Factory (Rancho Mirage location only).

Desert Double

Planning on participating in both the New Balance Palm Desert 1/2 Marathon & 5k and Desert Triathlon? We want to thank you by giving you a discount on your registrations. Just sign up for both races online, and you’ll receive $10 off your registration fees for the second event you register for.



Southland Events, in partnership with our registration platform, imATHLETE, will offer refunds should the New Balance Palm Desert ½ Marathon & 5k be cancelled under certain circumstances. You can read more about what is covered and what is not below. All registrants automatically receive this coverage upon registering – there are no additional steps you need to complete. If you sign up for the event and are unable to participate, please see the information below on Entry Cancellations.


imATHLETE will provide a refund of your registration fee to you should the event be cancelled or postponed for one of the following reasons and not rescheduled within 90 days:

Adverse Weather – that is outside of what can be expected on a day to day basis, which occurs or is occurring in the period up to 72 hours prior to the Event and within 100 mile radius of the organized event location.  It does not mean the threat of Adverse Weather.

Natural Catastrophe – earthquake, tsunami, flood, volcanic eruption, hurricane, tornado, forest fire and/or any other extraordinary meteorological event causing widespread damage within 100 mile radius of the organized event location.  It does not mean the threat of a Natural Catastrophe.

Terrorism – this means an act or series of acts, including the use of force or violence, of any person or group(s) of persons, whether acting alone or on behalf of or in connection with any organization(s), committed for political, religious or ideological purposes including the intention to influence any government and/or to put the public in fear for such purposes in the period up to 72 hours prior to the Insured Event(s) and within 100 mile radius of the organized event location.  It does not mean the threat of an act of Terrorism.

Please note that we will not provide any refund should a covered event be cancelled once it has started.  We will also not provide a refund if the event is rescheduled to take place within 90 days of the original commencement date of the event or if the covered Event also provides refunds for the same perils listed above.

Entry Cancellation

If you have signed up to participate in the race and cannot attend for any reason, you may cancel your registration up to 7 days prior to the race. To cancel your registration, log in to the imAthlete, click “Edit Registration” and select “Cancel Registration.” You must cancel your registration at least 7 days prior to race day in order to receive the discount code. Cancelling your registration creates a discount code that will give you a 50% credit for the 2019 New Balance Palm Desert 1/2 Marathon & 5k, based on what you paid for the 2018 race. For example, if you signed up at the $70 price and cancel, you will receive a code good for $35 toward the 2019 race. You will not receive a refund for the entry fee you paid if you cancel your registration, as the event has no refund policy (see above).



We DO allow transfers from one participant to another up to 14 days before the event. To transfer a confirmed entry in the New Balance Palm Desert 1/2 Marathon & 5k from one person to another, please email for a transfer code to be given to the new participant and instructions on how to cancel your registration. There will be a $10 transfer fee to be paid by the new participant. Please note: cancelling your registration will not result in a refund from imATHLETE or the New Balance Palm Desert 1/2 Marathon & 5k. It will be your responsibility to work out payment from the person you are transferring to.

Deferring Entry

The New Balance Palm Desert 1/2 Marathon & 5K does not allow participants to defer their entries to the next year’s race. Participants who cannot take part in the event can either cancel or transfer their registrations.