Yellowstone Half & 5K
June 10-11, 2022
West Yellowstone, MT
June 11, 2022
Start: 6:30 am (MT)
Yellowstone 5K & Fun Run:
June 10, 2022
Start: 6:00 pm (MT)
(Off of Iris Street)
West Yellowstone, MT
Expo & Bib Pickup
June 10, 2022
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
West Yellowstone, MT
* Expo bib pickup is recommended. Limited bibs available at the start line race morning.
Weather: 35° – 67°F
Terrain: This is a dirt trail course with sections that are rough and rocky - please train accordingly!
Strollers allowed? No
Disability Friendly? No
Dogs allowed? Only at the finish line!
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Yellowstone National Park
We realize that the races in this series are out of the way for most runners. It may be the only time that you visit these breathtaking areas! One of our biggest desires is that you walk away from this event having fully experienced what the region has to offer.
While in the area we encourage you to continue the adventure and spend time in the parks!
If you've run any of our National Park half marathons before, you may be familiar with our "club hikes" and "trifecta" programs. The "Explorer Club" series is our new iteration of this idea! We want you to have as broad or as deep of an experience of our National Parks and their surrounding areas as possible. We have created a scavenger hunt made up of all kinds of adventures and experiences you can have here at Yellowstone.
The challenge consists of activities that fit into 6 categories: History, Hiking, Explore, Food/Dining, Education, and Stewardship.
Each activity is worth points towards a Yellowstone Explorer badge! They are worth a different number of points based on difficulty and you can choose which to tackle based on your interests. Whether you have an afternoon or a week at the park, you should be able to plan an amazing itinerary with these suggestions!
Recommended Hikes & Activities
Note: You are responsible for your safety if you attempt to participate in any of these activities. Always check the weather before starting a hike, and speak with a park or forest ranger for updated information regarding trail conditions, closures, and permits.
Start off this hike at Dunraven Pass for some of the best views in Yellowstone!
You’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Hayden Valley, and the Grand Tetons farther to the south. The trail has several switchbacks, offering different and unique views.
The hike to Osprey Falls starts 5 miles south of Mammoth on the Old Bunsen Peak Road Trail and is 8 miles round trip to reac this stunning cascade.
NOTE: This is a steep, narrow climb (but worth it!) Plan to start early in the day and pack way more water than you think you need due to the dry climate.
Artist Point is just a short wallk off of south rim drive, and offers very popular and iconic views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lower Falls.
Watch Old Faithful
Old Faithful is the most famous and celebrated geyser in the world. The 1870 Washburn Expedition camped near Old Faithful and discovered the geyser had frequent and regular eruptions over 100 feet. They dubbed the geyser Old Faithful.
It erupts once approximately every 45 to 90 minutes, depending on the duration of the previous eruption. Schedules for predicted eruptions are posted in the NPS buildings near Old Faithful.
Spot Bison in the Park!
You can’t leave Yellowstone without seeing bison! Yellowstone is the only place in the U.S. where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times.
While you might be able to find bison in any area of Yellowstone, check out Lamar Valley for a variety of wildlife viewing! Lamar Valley is a wide, expansive valley in sort of a remote north-eastern corner of the park. Take your picture with a bison... but do not approach the animals!
Register for the Yellowstone events
Pricing will increase with each registration period. Register now to get the best price!
Curious about our Doubles & Quads? Read more >>
Doubles & Quad Pricing Info
Get a feel for the terrain and landscape that await you out on the course!
Fundraise for your chosen race and your registration fee could be waived. All funds go to Wander Project to support efforts in and around the communities that host our events.
Volunteer with Us!
Our volunteers help runners at the race expo, finish line, merchandise tent, and beyond! Join us for a 3-4hr shift and earn a $50 or $100 credit towards a future race (credits can be gifted!)
HOW TO PREPARE
Yellowstone Race Details
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Half Marathon Course Description
The half marathon starts promptly at 6:30 am (MT) on Saturday, June 11th.
Please note: There is a possibility that we will need to run an alternate course this year. See below for more info!
The race will start and end at the Old Airport Road lot off Iris Street on the west edge of West Yellowstone. There is a ton of parking there and it is easy walking distance from many hotels on the south side of town.
The the majority of the race takes place on a dirt road and trail in Gallatin National Forest immediately southwest of West Yellowstone, MT.
The course starts flat but has a major and a minor hill that you need to train for. (See the map and elevation profile.) The best part of the course is that you will be less than a mile from the west park entrance.
Yellowstone Course Mile-by-mile!
- The first three miles will be a loop, partially through town, and partially on trail just outside of town.
- Miles 3-4 are pretty flat and straight as you head towards the hills.
- At mile 5 is where it really starts to get pretty, and challenging. You run over a beautiful bridge that crosses the South Fork Madison River and really start to enter the forest.
- Mile 6 is the most challenging section. You will start running uphill and in the 6th mile you will gain about 200 feet in elevation. Thick forest on either side. If you have to use bear spray it will be in this section (just kidding, but not really). You then start to flatten out and then enter a downhill.
- The course gets more technical around mile 7 with some rocks and a less defined path. The course will be clearly marked, but those in the front will feel like you are running through some weeds.
- Mile 8 is real fast down hill. Continues to be technical and weedy.
- Mile 9-10 is downhill for bit an then starts to flatten out a bit as you enter some really beautiful area.
- At mile 11 there is a slight hill that will feel big if you are not ready for it. Its only a 40-50 foot gain, but it's later in the race.
- Mile 12 to the finish will be slightly downhill or flat.
The whole race is on a dirt road (depending on weather, there may be puddles). The path is a true trail with uneven ground and loose stones...please wear proper footwear and train accordingly!
All runners will have 4 hours to finish the race. That is an 18 minute mile - plenty of time for walkers! If at anytime we deem it unsafe and need to pull a runner off the course we would hope for understanding and immediate cooperation. Failure to comply will result in being banned from future events.
Our course record holders receive a FREE RACE ENTRY every year that their time remains the course record! The current course record holders are:
Male Overall: Kent Chamberlain 1:20:23 (2021)
Female Overall: Bailey Parker 1:27:36 (2016)
Male Masters: Chris White 1:26:37 (2021)
Female Masters: Joanna White 1:37:52 (2021)
Alternate Course Possibility
Final course decision expected by June 1st, 2022
The Forest Service has informed us that there is construction underway on the bridge that connects sections of our Yellowstone Half Marathon course. Construction is scheduled to be complete by our event, but snowmelt may affect their timeline.
We truly hope this construction project stays on track so that we can stick to the original course as planned. In the case that it doesn’t, we have planned an alternative course for you!
Expect about 6 aid stations on the course at around mile 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 12. A medic will be stationed typically at the aid station at or near mile 9. Keep in mind, the exact location of each aid station may vary from race to race. Aid stations include toilets, water, Gnarly Hydrate, Honey Stinger gels, basic first aid supplies, and sometimes more.
All stations are cup-free so plan to bring your own hydration solution or request a free Nathan reusable cup when you register.
Bib Pickup Options
You have a couple of options for picking up your bib and race packet including at the race expo or we can mail it to you. When you register, we ask you to indicate when you plan to pick up your bib. If you plans change, don’t worry about it. We only ask to help us plan in terms of numbers.
Option #1: Race Expo (recommended)
Race expos are held the Friday before the race. They typically run 5-7 hours, allowing you to get your bib at your convenience.
Option #2: Race Morning (not recommended)
We will have limited race morning packet pickup. We do not recommend waiting until the morning, but if it cannot be avoided - we understand.
Option #3: Shipped Before the Race
There is a cost of $30 if you want to have your bib and shirt mailed to you. We do this as a convenience for runners not wanting to drive to the area early. You can add a shipped bib to your registration until one month before the race by logging into RunSignup, clicking Manage Registration, and Add Ons.
Refunds: Once your package is shipped, you are officially checked in to the race and no longer qualify for our refund, deferment, or transfer options.
Location: Old Airport Road lot (off Iris Street)
Date: Friday, June 10th
Hours: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
This is a great opportunity to pick up your bib, check out the area, and meet fellow runners. We’ll have our merchandise table set up, so be sure to stop by and say hi! We have a variety of swag from shirts and tanks to our favorite Hydro Flasks and everything in-between.
Bring Your Own Bag
In our ongoing effort to eliminate waste during our races, our expos are bagless events. We encourage you to BYOB (bring your own bag) to hold your bib, race shirt, and any goodies you pick up from the race expo!
The race starts at 6:30 am (MT) sharp at the Old Airport Road lot! We do not start our races late so please get to the start line early. Runners will have 4 hours to finish the race. That is a 18 minute mile- plenty of time for walkers!
Friday (June 10)
11:00 am - Race expo & bib pickup opens
5:00 pm - Race expo & bib pickup closes
5:15 pm - 5K runners must be parked
5:45 pm - 5K runners line up
6:00 pm - 5K starts!
6:45 pm - 5K Awards Ceremony
Saturday (June 11)
4:30 am - Parking lot opens
4:45 am - Start line bib pickup opens
5:45 am - All cars should be parked
6:15 am - Runners line up & last call for gear check
6:25 am - National Anthem
6:30 am - Yellowstone Half Marathon starts!
9:15 am - Awards Ceremony (near the finish line)
Arrive early & get ready with us
We encourage runners to arrive early on race morning. Find a parking spot, grab some Summit Coffee or hot chocolate, and listen for updates from our race announcer (they're the one with the megaphone and early-bird energy)!
Parking: Opens at 4:30 am
Location: Old Airport Road Lot off Iris Street in West Yellowstone
We will have plenty of parking to accommodate all of our runners, but please arrive early to avoid congestion. Most hotels are a short walk from the start line if you are staying in town and feel like walking.
Camping is not allowed in the parking lot.
If you are dropping a runner off, please enter the parking area and drop your runner off just past the parking lot exit. This will allow cars parking to enter the parking area and avoid any traffic jams from runners being dropped off.
We expect to welcome spectators back to Yellowstone this year!
You may park at Old Airport Road along with the runners and meet your runner at the finish line. Once your runner has crossed the finish line, please exit the runner recovery area to avoid crowding. The beverages, supplies, and medical tent at the finish line are for runner use only - thank you!
We recommend downloading the RaceJoy app to track your runner's progress and send them cheers along the way. Spend your morning in town and head to the finish line when they're close!
What's the Fun Run? The Fun Run is for those who do not wish to be timed. You run the same course and receive a race shirt and medal, but you will not be able to compete for any awards.
This is a beautiful course to give you a chance to work your legs out and enjoy a run with friends and family. The race begins from the expo location on Old Airport Rd with the first mile running through town. Runners will then jump onto the forest service roads and run through the woods before returning to the finish line.
Stroller Friendly? No
Disability Friendly? No
There will be one aid station on the course near the half way point (mile 1.5). The aid station will have water, Gnarly, and bathrooms. Like the half marathon, this race will be cupless!
5K & Fun Run runners can pick up their bibs at the race expo before the race. Please plan to come early to avoid a last minute rush.
What are the Doubles & Quad?
During the month of June we host four races on back-to-back weekends:
Weekend 1: Grand Teton Half Marathon + Grand Teton 5K (June 3-4, 2022)
Weekend 2: Yellowstone Half Marathon + Yellowstone 5K (June 10-11, 2022)
These races showcase the incredible beauty of Wyoming and Montana AND they are driving distance to each other! To give our runners an extra challenge (and an opportunity to keep exploring the parks), we've created a series of combination events. Our intrepid Double and Quad runners commit to running either a 5K + Half Marathon, 2 Half Marathons, or all 4 races in the span of one week!
Yellowstone Half Marathon
Two races, one weekend! You'll run both Yellowstone races within the span of 24 hours. Pretty hard, core right?
Check in before the 5K and use this bib for both races.
With a Bison Double registration, you'll earn:
Grand Teton Half Marathon
Yellowstone Half Marathon
Two half marathons, two Saturdays, and one week of exploring in some of the most incredible places in the United States!
Check in at Grand Teton and use this bib for both races.
With a Grizzly Double registration, you'll earn:
Grand Teton 5K
Grand Teton Half Marathon
Yellowstone Half Marathon
We initially thought this would be too intense, but for you champions - the demand was there! You'll run four races over two weekends, with tons of time for hiking the National Parks in-between. We're pretty sure this one of the most hardcore vacations we can imagine!
Check in at Grand Teton and use this bib for all four races.
With a Grand Quad registration, you'll earn:
Double & Quad Registration
You MUST register for your specific Double or Quad, not separate races.
If you register for the races separately, you will need to upgrade into the correct Double/Quad in order to receive special swag and medals.
*if you deferred or transferred into this race your race credit will appear as $0. Contact us at email@example.com and we'll complete the upgrade for you!
As nature lovers, we are committed to keeping our events sustainable and managing negative impacts on the environment. Our goal is to send less than one bag of actual “trash” to the landfill after each event. We have managed to meet this goal at events with over 3,000 participants!
Here's how you can help us:
Single-use plastic is a huge source of waste at any public event. We have reduced that impact by making our events "cup-free".
What does that mean for you?
Coolers of Water and Gnarly Hydrate (electrolyte drink) are available at all aid stations, but cups will not be provided on course or at the finish line. In order to stay hydrated, we ask you to bring one of the following:
1. Reusable water bottle
2. Nathan reusable cup - These light-weight cups fold into a pocket or waistband. Request one when you sign up to run!
3. Hydration pack - These are refillable backpacks meant for running that allow you to access fluid via a built-in straw.
ZERO WASTE CONTAINERS
You can help us reduce trash by sorting disposable items into the appropriate container.
You’ll notice three containers at our events:
Please avoid putting organic waste and compostable items in the wrong bin. It gets gross to sort through.
Visit RunSignup for race results. Runner times are available ~20 minutes after you finish the race. Keep in mind, the results are not official until all runners have crossed the finish line, and have been reviewed by the event director. Because our age group winners are based on chip time, it is possible to cross the finish line before someone else in your age group while still finishing with a slower time than them.
You can view race results from past races below:
2020 Yellowstone Half Virtual Results | Virtual 5K Results
2018 Yellowstone Half Results | 5K Results
2017 Yellowstone Half Results | 5K Results
2016 Yellowstone Half Results | 5K Results
Race photos are typically available for FREE via RunSignup the Friday following the week of the race. We will send out an email when they're posted to the album. Past races are available via the link, with the exception of our 2016 & 2017 races. They can be accessed for a fee.
Share your experiences with us!
Be sure to use #YellowstoneHalf in any photos you post from the race or your adventures exploring the park so we can share in the fun with you!
Exclusive Yellowstone Marathon merchandise will be available both at the race expo and near the finish line! When possible, we'll have race merch for sale in our online store after the race is over. Please allow time for us to add items online.