This rugged course features hills and magnificent views of the high desert and Sawtooth Mountains in the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve. Located near Joshua Tree National Park. The run benefits John Wayne Cancer Foundation so every step you take advances the fight against cancer through pioneering cancer research and programs.

This event will follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. 2022 Registration Info Coming Soon!


In-Person or Virtual (your choice): Half Marathon & 10K  

Click "Register" below to sign up.
Each participant gets a Grit Series Patagonia Participant Shirt and Finisher Mug!

Friday, May 21th – 2-8 PM 

· Packet Pick Up in Pioneertown at the Sound Stage Barn on Mane Street
  - In your packet: Bib, John Wayne Grit Series Patagonia running shirt and other goodies

Saturday, May 22nd (event day)

· Free parking is available at The OK Corral
· Pioneertown is open - spectators welcome
· Mask required for start line, aid station visits and the finish line

· Half Marathon Welcome & Opening Announcements at 8:00 AM
· Half Marathon Run Starts at 8:30 AM

· 10K Welcome Announcement at 9:00 AM
· 10K Run Starts at 9:30 AM

· Mandatory: Bring a hydration pack or handheld water bottle on the course. This will keep you hydrated between water stations.
 - There will be 4 water stations on the half marathon course and 2 water stations on the 10K course.
- There will be water, drinks and snacks at the finish line.
 - And there will be 4 food trucks at the finish line: Bruce’s Place BBQ, La Sorted's Pizza, coffee and ice cream.

· There is a race component and podium prizes
  - Prizes provided by Goodr Sunglasses
  - There are three female and three male winners for each course – that’s 12 total podium prizes
· Join us after the run for the Grit Down festivities in Pioneertown

· John Wayne Grit Series and John Wayne Cancer Foundation merchandise available to purchase at the event

Where to stay:

· Check here to view for a list of hotels in the area
· Check here to view camping options in the area


Join us this spring for the Grit Series Run at Pioneertown! The Pioneertown 10K & Half Marathon benefits John Wayne Cancer Foundation, so every step you take helps advance the fight against cancer through pioneering cancer research and programs.

Due to the circumstances regarding COVID-19, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation is planning for this race to be a virtual run. We have high hopes of getting together to run in person soon!


8:15 AM - Important Course Announcements
8:30 AM - Half Marathon Start Time
9:00 AM - 10K Start Time


53688 Pioneertown Rd
Pioneertown, CA 92268


Fundraising as an Individual or as part of a Team is a great way to give back to the cancer-fighting community. It’s also a great way to promote team building at your company or honor the memory of a loved one who has been affected by cancer.


This stunning course features hills and magnificent views of the high desert and Sawtooth Mountains In The Pioneertown Mountains Preserve. Both courses are chip timed for those that want to race or you can go at your own pace. At the finish line, you'll be rewarded with a finisher mug and the satisfaction of knowing that you stepped up to the challenge and helped fight cancer!

The elevation at Pioneertown is 4,400 feet.