Yellowstone Half Marathon

West Yellowstone, Montana  |  June 9, 2018

The Park

If you've never been to Yellowstone National Park, get ready. It's going to blow your mind. There's nothing like it anywhere else in the world. 

Pine trees. Geysers. Canyons. Waterfalls. Hot springs. Hot pots. Paint pots. Buffalo. Elk. Eagles. Wolves. Grizzly bears. Scenic overlooks. Hiking trails. Fresh air. Freedom.

This is what memories are made of!

Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Hot Springs at Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park hot pool
Yellowstone National Park photo



The Race

While you're here, come enjoy this gorgeous half marathon.

The Yellowstone Half Marathon takes place in the town of West Yellowstone, MT, just outside the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It's a stunning course with breathtaking views of the Gallatin National Forest, huge gulps of crisp fresh air, and maybe even some wildlife.

The race starts at 7 AM sharp with cutoff at 11 AM. That provides runners (and even walkers) 4 full hours to take in the scenery and make your way to the finish line.

To be clear, this race doesn't take place inside the National Park. (It's difficult to get permission to conduct private business activities on national land, and rightly so.) Having said that, this is as close to the park as it gets.

Run the race. Then discover Yellowstone!


The Course

The majority of the race takes place on a dirt road and trail in Gallatin National Forest immediately southwest of West Yellowstone, MT. (If there's rain, there could be puddles so be prepared for that possibility.)

We'll cross a beautiful bridge over the South Fork Madison River, and into the forest for a bit of a climb (about 200 feet). If you have to use bear spray it will be in this section (just kidding, but not really).

The course gets a bit technical in places with some rocks and a less defined path. (The path is clearly marked, but if you're in front you'll be running through some weeds.) 
>>View more half marathon course details here

Yellowstone Half Marathon Course


Elevation Profile

The course starts flat but has a major and a minor hill that you'll need to train for. We'll gain about 200 feet of elevation in mile #6 and a 40-50 foot gain in mile #11. Miles 8 and 12 have some downhill.


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Traveling to West Yellowstone

You can either fly or drive into West Yellowstone. The closest airport is the West Yellowstone airport (WYS) but it has very limited flight options. You'll probably end up getting a flight into Bozeman (BZN), Jackson (JAC), or Idaho Falls (IDA) and then getting a rental car and driving (about 2 hours).
>>View travel & lodging details here


Bib & Packet Pickup

You have a couple of options for picking up your bib and race packet including at the Race Expo, the Start Line, or we can mail it to you. More details about the options are available as part of the registration process.
>>View packet pickup details here


Race Day

The start line is a close walk to most local hotels and there will be plenty of parking available near the start line (beginning at 5 am) for those who need to drive in.

From 5:00-6:45 AM we'll have plenty of hot chocolate and coffee available, a prize raffle every 5 minutes, gear check, and last call for bib & packet pickup. Runners will line up at 6:45 am for final announcements, the National Anthem, and then we'll start the race at 7 am. A rewards ceremony will begin at 9:45 am near the finish line and the course will close at 11 am.

Spectators are welcome near the start and finish lines.
>>View race day details here


Clubs & Trifecta

To help you make the most out of your visit to Yellowstone National Park, we've put together some recommended "Club Hikes". Do these with 72 hours after the race and you can earn free Vacation Races memorabilia. 


Training

We are pleased to share with you FREE training programs to prepare for the Yellowstone Half Marathon!

Active at Altitude has teamed up with Vacation Races to be the Official Training Partner and offers two levels of training plans for each race. The Beginner program is 16 weeks, and the Intermediate program is 12 weeks. These programs are free and are sent via e-newsletter every 4 weeks. 


Sign Up

Caldera Triple

June 2nd, 8th, and 9th

  • Yellowstone 5K Entry
  • Yellowstone Half Entry
  • Grand Teton Half Entry
  • 2 Race Shirts
  • 1 Race Bib
  • Hydrapouch
    (if requested)
  • 3 Finisher Medals
  • 1 Caldera Triple Medal

$390 / runner

Grizzly Double

June 2nd & 9th

  • Yellowstone Half Entry
  • Grand Teton Half Entry
  • 2 Race Shirts
  • 1 Race Bib
  • Hydrapouch
    (if requested)
  • 2 Finisher Medals
  • 1 Grizzly Double Medal

$330 / runner

Bison Double

June 8th & 9th

  • Yellowstone 5K Entry
  • Yellowstone Half Entry
  • 1 Race Shirt
  • 1 Race Bib
  • Hydrapouch
    (if requested)
  • 2 Finisher Medals
  • 1 Bison Double Medal

$225 / runner

Half Marathon

June 9th

  • Yellowstone Half Entry
  • Race Shirt
  • Race Bib
  • Finisher Medal

$149 / runner

5K

June 8th

  • Yellowstone 5K Entry
  • Race Shirt
  • Race Bib
  • Finisher Medal

$60 / runner


Registration Periods

Early Bird: Aug. 18 – Oct. 8, 2017
Regular: Oct. 9, 2017 – Mar. 4, 2018
Late: Mar. 5 – Jun. 1, 2018

Yellowstone Events

Yellowstone 5K

​June 8th, 2018

Yellowstone Half Marathon

June 9th, 2018

Bison Double

Yellowstone 5K + Half Marathon

June 8th & 9th, 2018

Grizzly Double

Yellowstone Half + Grand Teton Half

June 2nd & 9th, 2018

Caldera Triple

Grand Teton Half + Yellowstone 5K + Yellowstone Half

June 2nd, 8th, & 9th, 2018

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