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John Wayne Grit Series - Pioneertown, CA Half Marathon & 10K, 2020

Starts Saturday October 3rd, 2020

Pioneertown, CA

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John Wayne Grit Series 

How the West is Run 

Show your grit in the fight against cancer by running through spectacular John Wayne movie locations and rugged western landscapes. The series benefits John Wayne Cancer Foundation, so every step you take advances the fight against cancer through pioneering cancer research and programs. For more information about the series visit johnwayne.org. 

John Wayne Grit Series - Pioneertown, CA Half Marathon & 10K 

Saturday, October 3, 2020 

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 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 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! 

John Wayne Grit Series Benefiting John Wayne Cancer Foundation 

The Pioneertown event benefits John Wayne Cancer Foundation, so every step you take helps advance the fight against cancer through pioneering cancer research and programs. Form a team and run or walk in honor of family and friends who have been affected by cancer. Your participation makes it possible for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation to fund novel and innovative programs that improve cancer patients’ outcomes and save lives through research, education, awareness and support.  

  • Want free registration and awesome prizes? Fundraise instead of purchasing your registration. It’s easy: just send emails, post what you’re doing on Social Media and tell your friends, family and co-workers. And, we’ll help you every step of the way. Visit the JWGS website at https://johnwayne.org/jwgs/ to learn more, see a complete list of fundraising incentives and activate your fundraising page today.  

  • Form a Corporate Team or Friends and Family Team and Fundraise To Make a Big Impact 
    • Promote team building and wellness at your company, show your support for charity and spotlight your company at the run/walk
    • Run/ or walk as a group in honor or memory of a loved one who has been affected by cancer

    • Contact Greg Graber at JWCF for more information about setting up your fundraising team: [email protected] or 949-631-8400


Event details and schedule

Event Schedule and Details- THE NITTY GRITTY


Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will be in Pioneertown, CA at location TBD from 4 PM to 7 PM.

Please be sure to have your ID and signed hardcopy waiver (available onsite) when you check-in to get your packet.

Your packet will include your bib number (with a timing chip on it), safety pins to put your number on your shirt, your event shirt, and additional goodies and info.

The last day to registser online is Thursday October 1. If you don't register online you can register in person at Packet Pickup on Friday Oct 2. No registration sign ups available on event day.


Start Times

  • Pre-Run/Walk announcements will start promptly at 8:15 AM
  • Half Marathon start time: 8:30 AM
  • 10K start time: 9 AM

Each participant will receive a bib number with a timing chip on it, and the timing results will be posted on the johnwayne.org website. Participants can choose to do the event at a leisurely pace for fun or to get their best time and compete for the podium and awesome prizes.

Start/Finish Line

The start/finish line for the both the Half Marathon and 10K are in Pioneertown adjacent to the parking lot by Pappy & Harriet's restaurant at the East End of Mane Street.

Parking is located at the west end of town at the Corral and it is free

Cut off Times

There is a firm 5 hour cut off time for the half marathon course at 1:30 pm and 10K 2 pm. This will allow JWCF to comply with our permit conditions.

Finisher’s Mug

Each participant who finishes the event will receive an official JWGS finisher mug at the finish line. 

Finish Line Festival - The GRIT DOWN

We will celebrate your accomplishments together after the run is over at The Hay Barn on "Mane Street" located near the finish line. Water, Gatorade and snacks will be provided at the finish line. More information coming soon!

Course Info.

Visit https://johnwayne.org/jwgs/ website for course maps and elevation profiles.

Arrival Information


There are several airports in the region, a few of the main airports are listed below:

  • John Wayne Airport in Orange County (120 miles, ~2 hours from course depending on road conditions and time of day, check your phone for estimated travel time)
  • LAX (140 miles, ~2.5 hours from course depending on road conditions and time of day, check your phone for estimated travel time)
  • Yucca Valley Airport
  • Palm Springs Airport


Suggested lodging locations coming soon.

Driving Directions

Pioneertown, CA is located in the vicinity of Joshua Tree National Park and the City of Yucca Valley.

Enter Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown, CA address in your phone to get driving direcitons to Pioneertown, where the start line is located.

Pappy & Harriet’s

53688 Pioneertown Rd.

Pioneertown, CA 92268

Pappy & Harriet’s website: https://www.pappyandharriets.com

The start/finish line is located at the east end of Mane St. in Pioneertown right next to Pappy & Harriet’s.

From Southern California to Pioneertown

1-10 East

Hwy 62 exit (exit 117 onto CA-62 toward 29 Palms, Yucca Valley) (north) (go 20 miles)

Left on the Pioneertown Rd. (go 4 miles) then arrive in Pioneertown

From Coachella Valley, CA

1-10 West

Hwy 62 exit (exit 117 onto CA-62 toward 29 Palms, Yucca Valley) (north) (go 20 miles)

Left on the Pioneertown Rd. (go 4 miles) then arrive in Pioneertown

From Barstow and Victorville, CA

Hwy 247 (Barstow Rd) southeast

Hwy 247 (Left on Old Woman Springs Rd) (east) (44 miles)

Right on Sunnyslope Dr (west)

Right on Sage Ave. (north)

L on Sunnyslope Dr. (west)

R on Pioneertown Rd. (north west)

From Twentynine Palms, CA

Hwy 62 West

Right on the Pioneertown Rd. (go 4 miles) then arrive in Pioneertown

Parking Information

Free parking for all registered runners and spectators is in Pioneertown, CA at the west end of “Mane Street”.

Follow the event signage and instructions of the volunteer parking staff when you arrive.

The start line is on “Mane Street” in Pioneertown. The start line is the same for both the Half Marathon and 10K. The start line is located next to the parking area right by Pappy & Harriet’s.

Pappy & Harriet’s

53688 Pioneertown Rd.

Pioneertown, CA 92268

Parking is free.


It’s free for family and friends to cheer you on at the start / finish line. Each event participant is required to register, including youth.

Waivers & ID

Each participant is required to sign a waiver in order to participate in the run/walk, this includes the online registration waiver. Each participant is also required to sign a hardcopy waiver at packet pickup.

What to Wear

We expect nice weather, an average of 71 degrees, possibly ranging from a low of 55 to a high of 85 degrees Fahrenheit, but weather is variable, so please be prepared for all conditions, including both cooler and warmer weather. Precipitation is unlikely, but be prepared.

  • Trail running/walking shoes and socks.
  • Remember JWCF’s 5 sun safe tips: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, clothing and bring clothing for both cool and warm weather and seek shade. 
  • Bring a bandana or buff for sun protection and in case it gets windy.

On Course Food and Hydration

There will be water and aid stations throughout the course with water, Gatorade, GU energy gels & chews and other snacks, a variety of sweet and salty items.

This is wilderness area so be aware on the trail and avoid wildlife.

Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the course.


  • Hydrate and get adequate rest before the event.
  • Make sure to practice walking or running, including some time training on trails, and hills. You can find training tips by searching the internet. 
  • The trails are in excellent condition, be prepared for a variety of conditions ranging from hardpacked to sandy. 
  • If you are new to trails, and if you’ve ever considered making the jump from the road to trails this is the event for you. Just make sure that you practice walking or running on trails before doing the event. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
  • Browse the internet for training tips, search for websites like Active.com, Trail Runner magazine, etc. 

  • Join in the fun, you’ll be glad you did. We are excited to open up a whole new world of adventure for you and your friends! 

Prizes for Top Finishers & Top Fundraisers

  • Igloo cooler and unique finisher medal for top 3 female and male finishers for both the Half Marathon and 10K, and more to come!

  • A complete list of fundraising incentives is listed on the website at https://johnwayne.org/jwgs/

JWGS Apparel

JWGS apparel will be available for sale at packet pickup and race day.

No Refunds, no rollovers


Bib Transfer

You can transfer your bib number to someone else if you can’t do the event, this is through Active.com up until registration is closed. And then, after that, you can do this at packet pickup.



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Start Location

53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA

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