ABOUT THIS EVENT
The Palm Springs Pride Run and Walk is a 5K race through the beautiful and historic neighborhood of Old Las Palmas in sunny Palm Springs, California. The race is proudly organized by Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers, a local chapter of International Front Runners, an informal network of LGBT running groups around the world.
Proceeds from the Palm Springs Pride Run and Walk will benefit The LGBT Community Center of The Desert ("The Center") and Safe Schools Desert Cities. The Center is a thriving, community-based organization that provides vital services to its members, including mental health and wellness clinics, a community food bank, senior programming, and youth suicide prevention and anti-bullying programs. Safe Schools Desert Cities empowers local LGBTQI+ youth, their allies, and Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) advisors, and provides opportunities for community and individual growth through education, advocacy, recreational activities and opportunities for self-expression.
The Palm Springs Pride Run and Walk 5K is part of a weekend of activities celebrating Greater Palm Springs Pride! A portion of your registration helps keep Coachella Valley's longest-running LGBT parade and festival in downtown Palm Springs, and FREE for all to attend.
The beautiful 5K (3.1 miles) out-and-back course is on paved streets, with an elevation change of just 117 feet. The course will take you through the historic neighborhood of Old Las Palmas, once a citrus grove, and later home to celebrities such as Liberace, Mary Martin, Alan Ladd, William Powell, George Randolph Hearst, Kirk Douglas, Lily Tomlin, and many more.
There will be volunteers on the course to cheer you on and keep you moving in the right direction, and a water stop to keep you well-hydrated.
REGISTRATION AND PACKET PICKUP
> Online registration is $30 through September 30th
> Online registration is $35 from October 1st through October 30th
> In-person registration is $40 on November 1st or 2nd
Packet pickup will take place at Ace Hardware (formerly True Value) at Smoke Tree Village, 1785 E Palm Canyon Drive, on Friday, November 1, from 2-6PM.
Race day registration starts at 6:45AM on November 2nd, at W Chino Drive @ Belardo Road. Race day registration ends promptly at 7:50AM to accommodate an 8AM start.
All online registrants get a cool, tech fabric t-shirt with their race packet. T-shirts are also available for in-person and race day registrants while supplies last.
RESULTS AND AWARDS
There will be a timing chip on your race bib, and your results will be available immediately after the race. You can also get your results via text message.
All finishers get a cool medal for their efforts!
Top 3 male and female finisher medals will be awarded in the following categories: Overall, Under 18, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.
Members of any Front Runner group who complete 3 or more Western Region Pride Run events in 2019 are eligible for a Pride Race Circuit medal, sponsored by International Front Runners. For more information go to: https://sites.google.com/view/prideruncirc/home.
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING
The race starts and ends on W Chino Drive @ Belardo Road. This is also where you will find race day registration and post-race festivities.
From North Palm Springs: Take Palm Canyon Drive south towards Alejo Road. W Chino Drive is one block north of Alejo Road, next to The Corridor shops.
From South Palm Springs: Take Indian Canyon Drive or Belardo Road north towards Alejo Road. W Chino Drive is one block north of Alejo Road @ Palm Canyon Drive.
From East Palm Springs: Take Sunrise Way to Alejo Road, then head west on Alejo Road to Palm Canyon Drive. W Chino Drive is one block north of Alejo Road @ Palm Canyon Drive.
Parking is limited to street parking, and a few public parking lots near the starting area. The most convenient parking is on Belardo Road south of Alejo Road. This event takes place during Pride Weekend so there may be road closures in the downtown area. Carpooling or ride-sharing is encouraged.