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Looking for a Challenge?

Try the Tram Road Challenge

Are you up to the challenge?

Runners of all ages take part in the fun and rewarding race.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge 6k Run/Walk returns on Saturday, October 27, to Palm Springs.

If you are looking for a challenge, this event is unlike any other. For over 32 years, people have been coming to Palm Springs in October to take on this ultimate incline which starts at 400’ elevation and climbs to over 2,600’ in a mere 3.7 miles.

It is not your typical weekend 5k and completing the event is something you will remember forever. Often referred to as “The World’s Toughest 6k,” the challenge is surprisingly one you can do with little to no training for the steep incline. Many take breaks along the way and everyone cheers each other on.

The triumphant finish line at the lower tram station

Serious contenders will want to aim for their personal best or the course record set in 1987 by Rubin Garcia of Mexico (26 minutes, 5 seconds). Lubov Kremleva of Russia set the fastest women’s time at 28 minutes, 56 seconds, in 1998.

Awards are given in numerous age groups ranging from 6 and under to 85-89 in both men and women’s divisions, and whether you sprint, walk or run, all participants earn a custom medal and t-shirt at the finish line located at the lower tram station.

Refreshments and a vendor expo also await runners at the top along with awards, prizes and buses to bring you back down the hill. Dogs are welcome and water bowls can be found (with human water) at three fluid stations along the course.

Are you ready for a challenge? Make this the year you take part in the Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge!

For more information, visit or call (760) 832.0497.

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