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From the Desert to the Mountains

Race the Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge

Walkers and runners enjoy a beautiful mountain sunrise

Ready for a challenge? If so, the Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge is for you. Now in its 34th year, the Tram Road Challenge is one of the oldest and, well, most challenging races in Southern California.

Enthusiasts of all ages and sizes take the Challenge.

On October 26, you’ll join over 1,500 other runners as you make your way to the start line at the bottom of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway road. Walkers will start their journey at 6:30 am, and runners will start at 7:00 am You’ll make your way up the 2,200 feet of elevation gain in 3.7 miles to finish at the lower tram station.

Once you reach the top, you’ll be greeted by cheers from spectators and fellow athletes. Cross the finish line and claim your shining finisher medal and stylish race T-shirt, then go grab some refreshments and check out the vendor expo. Head over to the awards ceremony and applaud the winners. If you’re fast enough, maybe bring one home yourself. Awards are given in numerous age groups ranging from 6 and under to 90-99 in both men’s and women’s divisions. When you’re ready to head home, either walk back down, or get a ride back to your car on one of our shuttle buses.

Finish Line
All finishers receive a well-deserved medal.

While this race is sometimes referred to as “The World’s Toughest 6K,” almost anyone can participate with very little hill training. Take the course at your own pace, and if you need to, take a break. Wherever you are, you’ll be able to take in an expansive view of the Coachella Valley and the surrounding mountains. You can bring your friends and family along to make the trek with you, or maybe you’ll meet new people on your way up. Have a furry companion? Service dogs are welcome, and we’ll have doggie bowls at all three aid stations along the course.

The Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge is one of the most unique races in the United States, if not the world. It’s a race that takes you from the desert to the mountains with stunning views of both along the way. It’s a race that can be conquered by the seasoned runner or the weekend warrior and will give you bragging rights for years to come. 

So, come on. You’re ready for the challenge! Join us at the Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge this October!

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