Yellowstone Half & 5K

A stunning trail race with views of the Gallatin National Forest. You'll cross rivers and climb into the forest, where you may spot local wildlife that call this area home!
  • Location: West Yellowstone, MT
  • Date: June 10-11, 2022 
  • Terrain: Dirt trail
  • Difficulty: Moderate

June 10-11, 2022

West Yellowstone, MT

Difficulty:

Dirt Trail

Loop Course

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Race Info

Half Marathon:

June 11, 2022

6:30 am


Yellowstone 5K & Fun Run:

June 10, 2022

Time TBD (in the evening)


Old Airport Road

(Off of Iris Street)

West Yellowstone, MT

Expo & Bib Pickup

June 10, 2022

Time TBD


Old Airport Road

West Yellowstone, MT

* Expo bib pickup is recommended. Limited bibs available at the start line race morning.


The Course

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!

Course Photos

Get a feel for the terrain and landscape that await you out on the course!

GET INVOLVED

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Support Our

Park Communities

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.

Learn more about Wander Project >>

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

Train with Active at Altitude

FREE custom Training Plan for each event!

No matter what your skill level, when you're pushing your limits it's nice to have a little guidance! We're excited to offer FREE training programs for all levels.

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Know Your Guidelines

- Read your race details! Following event rules helps us to put on safe, sustainable events.

- We are a zero-waste event. Please stick to reusable water bottles and avoid bringing disposable items to the race.

- Be courteous towards fellow runners on and off the course.

Join the Community

Vacation Races is honored to have a community of runners who actively support one another! We highly recommend joining one our Facebook groups to get input from other runners, share stories, and learn about the latest updates.

Yellowstone Race Details

Come here to prepare for your race! 

Course Details

Half Marathon Course Description

The half marathon starts promptly at 6:30 am on Saturday June 11th. 

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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 Mile-by-Mile Description

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.

Terrain
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!

Time limit
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.

Course Records
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: Samuel Stow  1:22:12 (2018)
Female Overall: Bailey Parker  1:27:36 (2016)
Male Masters: 
Chris White  1:26:37 (2021)
Female Masters:
Joanna White  1:37:52 (2021)

Aid Stations

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 HydraPouch when you register. 

Additional Details

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Race Expo & Bib Pickup

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.

Race Expo

Location: Old Airport Road lot (off Iris Street)

Date: Friday, June 10th

Hours: TBD


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!

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!

Race Day Schedule

The race starts at 6:30 am 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!

Check back closer to the race for a comprehensive race schedule!

Parking & Staging

Parking

The race expo/bib pickup, start line, and finish line are all located at the 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. 

Parking will be in the Old Airport Road lot off Iris Street in West Yellowstone which is near the start line. We will have plenty of hot chocolate/coffee.


Camping is not allowed in the parking lot.

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Runner Drop-off 

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.

Spectators

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!

Yellowstone 5K
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Yellowstone 5K & Fun Run

Date: Friday, June 10th 

Start Time: TBD

Location: Old Airport Road lot (off of Iris Street)

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.

The Course
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. 

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Aid Station
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!

Bib Pickup
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. 

Doubles & Grand Quad
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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!

Bison Double

Races:

Yellowstone 5K

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.

bison double

With a Bison Double registration, you'll earn: 

  • One standard race shirt for Yellowstone
  • ONE special Bison Double swag item - during registration, you’ll choose between a hat, pint glass, campers mug, t-shirt, tank top, or beach hoodie and you’ll pick it up at the race expo. Additional items can be purchased at the end of the second race.
  • Two finisher medals - one for each race
  • One Bison Double medal

Grizzly Double

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Races:

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: 

  • Two standard race shirts - one for Grand Teton and one for Yellowstone
  • ONE special Grizzly Double swag item - during registration, you’ll choose between a hat, pint glass, campers mug, t-shirt, tank top, or beach hoodie and you’ll pick it up at the race expo. Additional items can be purchased at the end of the second race.
  • Two finisher medals - one for each race
  • One Grizzly Double medal

Grand Quad

Grand Quad Design

Races:

Grand Teton 5K

Grand Teton Half Marathon

Yellowstone 5K

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: 

  • Two standard race shirts - one for Grand Teton and one for Yellowstone
  • ONE special Grand Quad swag item - during registration, you’ll choose between a hat, pint glass, campers mug, t-shirt, tank top, or beach hoodie and you’ll pick it up at the race expo. Additional items can be purchased at the end of the fourth race.
  • Four finisher medals - one for each race
  • Three double medals - Grizzly Double, Moose Double, and Bison Double
  • One Grand Quad medal
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.

Need to upgrade to a Double or Quad?


This is considered an event transfer. You can transfer into a Double or Quad via your account on Run Signup.


*if you deferred or transferred into this race your race credit will appear as $0. Contact us at info@vacationraces.com and we'll complete the upgrade for you!

Race Results and Photos
Race Results

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. 

Top Finisher but missed the awards ceremony? You can request to have your place medal shipped to you!

Got questions about your placement? please email timing@vacationraces.com.


Photos

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!

Race Merchandise

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.

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