John Wayne Grit Series: Everything to Know About the Rugged Foot Race

by Keeli Parkey

Are you a fan of John Wayne? Do you enjoy competitive running? If you answered “yes” to both of those questions, the place you will want to be this weekend is Pioneertown, California.

It is in that town that an event in the John Wayne Grit Series will take place. That event will include a half marathon and a 10K. According to the event website, participants will race on a rugged course that will offer them some truly spectacular views.

Those views will include the High Desert and Sawtooth Mountains. These are located in the Pioneertown Mountains Reserve. The racecourse is also located close to the famous Joshua Tree National Park.

If getting to experience this was not enough, the race will also benefit a charitable cause. That charity is the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. This organization reportedly provides support for cancer research and programs. This is also in an effort to win the fight against cancer.

This Weekend’s Race Will Follow COVID-19 Protocols, Include Other Events

If you plan to compete in the May 22 John Wayne Grit Series races in Pioneertown, California, you should be prepared to follow COVID-19 guidelines.

Racers will be required to wear masks at the start and finish lines. Masks will also be required at the stations where assistance will be offered to racers.

In addition, the weekend’s events will actually kick off on Friday, May 21. On that day, runners will pick up their race packets. Runners are also required to bring a water bottle or hydration pack with them to use during the races.

The half marathon will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22. The 10K will kick off at 9:30 a.m.

You can watch a preview of this weekend’s John Wayne Grit Series races below.

Pioneertown Event One of Several Stops in John Wayne Grit Series

According to the event website, the races in Pioneertown, California, on May 22 are part of only one stop in the John Wayne Grit Series. A previous event reportedly took place on May 8 in Newport Coast, California.

There are also three other events planned in the series. The next will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona, on Sept. 4, 2021. This will also be a half marathon race. Following this stop, the next race will be held in Lone Pine, California, on Oct. 16, 2021. This event will include a half marathon and a 10K.

The final event in the John Wayne Grit Series will be a 5K. It will take place at the Fort Worth Stockyards in Texas on Nov. 13.