Bring your John Wayne grit to the trails and #RunToFightCancer.


Located near Joshua Tree National Park, Pioneertown was built in the 40’s to be an 1880s themed Old Western movie set and is now a popular getaway, home to the world famous Pappy & Harriet’s, and is the site of our newest John Wayne Grit Series event.


The sun-exposed course is a challenging and picturesque technical, single track trail guaranteed to bring out your #JohnWayneGrit. You’ll start off on Pioneertown’s “Mane Street” and head to the trails through the Sawtooth Mountains with 360-degree views of the spectacular high desert. Finish back in town and meet us at the Hay Barn for the John Wayne Grit Down!


The run benefits John Wayne Cancer Foundation so every step you take helps fight cancer. Register today as an individual or start a team and fundraise for your chance to win exclusive merchandise, free race entries, and hotel stays!


Like John Wayne said, “They may find a cure for cancer even without your help, but if I were you, I wouldn’t bet my life on it.”



This stunning course features hills and magnificent views of the high desert and Sawtooth Mountains and provides three full aid stations and two water stations to keep you fueled every step of the way.


·       Trail rating: intermediate

·       Elevation gain: approximately 2,000 ft.

·       Course open at 8:30 am and closes at 1:30 pm



The 10K course is a shorter version of the Half Marathon with the same amazing views. The course has a full aid station and a water station for your refreshment that will power you to the finish line.  


·       Trail rating: beginner to intermediate

·       Elevation gain: approximately 1,000 ft.

·       Course open at 9 am and closes at 2 pm


The elevation of Pioneertown is 4,400 ft.


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’s mug and the satisfaction of knowing that you stepped up to the challenge and helped fight cancer!


See you in Pioneertown & bring your John Wayne Grit because Pilgrims, we’re all in this fight together!


  • Occurs Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm



53688 Pioneertown Rd
Pioneertown, CA 92268

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