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2020 John Wayne Grit Series - Alabama Hills Half Marathon & 10K, Lone Pine...

  • Half Marathon:- Run 13.1 Miles
  • 10K Run/Walk:- Run 6.2 Miles
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Lone Pine
701 Main Street
Lone Pine

_ The 2020 John Wayne Grit Series - Alabama Hills Half Marathon & 10K, Lone Pine:

John Wayne Grit Series (JWGS)

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.

Alabama Hills Half Marathon & 10K

Lone Pine, CA

Saturday, October 17, 2020

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

The Alabama Hills boast some of the most beautiful and rugged trails in the Eastern Sierras. Explore this magnificent course set in the shadow of Mt. Whitney – the tallest mountain in the contiguous U.S. of A.  You’ll push your limits and stay dusty on dirt roads and single track trails that wind under blue skies, soaring snow-capped peaks and natural stone arches. 

Experience the iconic western backdrop where John Wayne filmed 13 movies including How The West Was Won. After you’ve conquered the course, join us for a cowboy-style celebration at the John Wayne Grit Down!

As John Wayne said, "A goal, a love and a dream give you total control over your body and your life.” We can’t think of a better way to describe this event that will change lives - yours and those fighting cancer. 


This scenic course goes through the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area and features dirt roads, single track trails, hills and spectacular views of Mt. Whitney, and provides three aid stations and two water stations to keep you fueled every step of the way.  

  • Trail rating: beginner to intermediate
  • Elevation gain: approximately 1,500 ft. 
  • Course open at 8:00 am and closes at 1:00 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 500 ft. 
  • Course open at 8:30 am and closes at 1:30 pm

The elevation of Alabama Hills, CA is 4,500 ft.

Both loop courses start and finish alongside Movie Road in the Alabama Hills and 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.

So partner, start training solo or as a team today and fundraise for your chance to win exclusive merchandise, free race entries, and hotel stays. See you on the trails! 

John Wayne Grit Series Benefiting John Wayne Cancer Foundation

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. 

Form a team today and run or walk in honor of family and friends who have been affected by cancer. 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/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


THE NITTY GRITTY - Event Schedule and Details 

Event Schedule


Packet Pick Up at the Museum of Western Film History 4 PM to 7 PM at 701 South Main Street, Lone Pine, CA 93545

  • 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.
  • Whiskey Sampling during Packet Pick up

The last day to register online is Thursday October 15. If you don't register online, you can register in person at Packet Pickup on Friday October 16. No registration sign ups available on event day.


Start Times

  • Pre-Run/Walk announcements will start promptly at 7:45 AM
  • HALF MARATHON start time: 8:00 AM
  • 10K start time: 8:30 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.


Free parking for all registered runners, walkers and spectators in Lone Pine, CA at the Museum of Western Film History.

Museum of Western Film History

701 South Main Street 

Lone Pine, CA 93545

Follow the event signage and the instructions of the volunteer parking staff when you arrive. Take a shuttle to the start/finish line.

  • Participants will be shuttled to start line/finish line from parking at the Museum of Western Film History
  • §  Return shuttles will return participants to Museum Parking Lot beginning at 10 AM
  • NO VEHICLES ALLOWED at Start/Finish Line
  • Volunteers will drive their own vehicle to their aid station
  • 4 Water and snack aid stations on the course
  • 2 Medical tents on the course

Start/Finish Line

  • The start/finish line for the both the Half Marathon and 10K are located at the intersection of Mt. Whitney Portal Road and Movie Road. Reminder: No parking at start/finish. Park at the Museum of Western Film History and take shuttle to start.

Cut off Times

There is a firm 5 hour cut off time for the half marathon at 1:00 PM and the cut off time for the 10K course is at 1:30 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. 

Grit Down

We will celebrate our accomplishments together after the event is over. Water, Gatorade and snacks will be provided. More information coming soon!

Course Information

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

Arrival Information 


Local hotels with room blocks: Dow Villa & Best Western 

Other local hotel: Travel Lodge

Camping: Tuttle Creek, Lone Pine and Diaz Lake

Driving Directions

Lone Pine, CA is located in the Eastern Sierras south of Mammoth Mountain.

Go to the Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, CA for packet pickup on Friday and for the run on Saturday. Enter the Museum address in your phone to get driving directions.

Museum of Western Film History

701 South Main Street

Lone Pine, CA 93545

Museum of Western Film History website: https://www.museumofwesternfilmhistory.org

On event day, go to the Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, CA and park there. Take the shuttle from the Museum to the start line. Complete the run and then celebrate at the John Wayne Grit Down! And then take the shuttle back to the Museum in Lone Pine, CA.

The start/finish line is located at the intersection of Mt. Whitney Portal Road and Movie Road in the Alabama Hills a few miles west of Lone Pine, CA. No parking at the start/finish line.

From Southern California to Lone Pine, CA

Hwy 395 North to Lone Pine, CA

(note, from LA you can take 14 north to 395 and from OC/Riverside you can take I-15 north to 395 north)

From Eastern Sierras, CA

From towns like Mammoth Lakes, Bishop, Big Pine and Independence take Hwy 395 South to Lone Pine, CA

Parking Information

Free parking for all registered runners, walkers and spectators in Lone Pine, CA at the Museum of Western Film History.

Museum of Western Film History

701 South Main Street 

Lone Pine, CA 93545

Follow the event signage and the instructions of the volunteer parking staff when you arrive. Take a shuttle to the start/finish line.

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 event, 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, cool in the morning with an average of 75 degrees, possibly ranging from cooler temperatures to warmer temperatures. Weather is variable, so please be prepared for all conditions. 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 on johnwayne.org (coming soon!) and by searching the internet including websites like Trail Runner magazine, Active.com, etc. 
  • 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. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
  • 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!
  • 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 on race day and is available online at https://johnwayne.org/shop

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.


Other Info

-) 2020 race registration is open • Registration Information 


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