Yosemite Half Marathon

This is a fast, scenic course through the Sierra National Forest just outside of Yosemite National Park! The first 5 miles are a peaceful run through the trees followed by a fast 5 miles downhill. Finish it off with a beautiful 3 miles around Bass Lake. Yosemite is calling!
  • Location: Bass Lake, CA
  • Date: May 7, 2022 
  • Terrain: Mixed (trail & pavement)
  • Difficulty: Easy (💧💧)

May 7, 2022

Bass Lake, CA


Mixed Terrain


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  • 2023 Registration

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Volunteer with Us!

Our amazing volunteers help runners at the race expo, finish line, merch tent, and beyond! Join us for a 3-4hr shift and earn a $50 or $100 credit towards a future race.

Pro-tip: Volunteer at the expo and run the next day OR ask a friend to volunteer and "gift" you the credit (or use it themselves!)


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.

Yosemite Race Details

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Course Details

Course Summary & Map

The first 5 miles of our course will start on Fire Rd. and is on a rough dirt trail. There is no steep uphill or downhill here, but it’s not exactly flat either.

The last 8.1 miles are identical to our inaugural course. Miles 6-10 are a fast downhill descent on a beautiful paved road. Then after crossing RD-274 (Malum Ridge Rd) you will turn right on N Shore Road. You will run on N Shore Road around Bass Lake until about mile 12.25. From there you will take a left on S Shore Rd and finish on dirt trail again.

The race will finish at Recreation Point. 

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: Eric Jones  1:09:09 (2018)
Female Overall: Mary Kate Anselmini  1:22:01 (2017) 

Male Masters: 
Luis Tapia  1:20:50 (2019)
Female Masters: 
Faye Morgan  1:26:06 (2018)

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 Nathan reusable cup when you register

image of a blue foldable cup with the Nathan brand name on it
Race Expo & Bib 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. 

Option #1: Race Expo
Expos are typically held the Friday before the race at Recreation PointWe’ll have our merchandise table set up, so be sure to stop by and say hi!

Option #2: Race Morning (not recommended)
We will have limited race morning bib and packet pickup on race morning at the start line. Get there early!

Option #3: Shipped Before the Race ($30)
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 (May 6, 2022)

Expo Hours: 10am - 6pm

Expo Location: Recreation Point Campground (Bass Lake, CA)

Bib pickup will be available at this site until 7pm.

We encourage you to attend the race expo in Bass Lake (the same place as the finish line). This is your chance to see the area, pick up your bib packet, and check out merchandise. We'll have a variety of swag from shirts and tanks to our favorite Hydro Flasks and everything in-between.

Please, bring your own bag! Our expos are bagless to help reduce waste. 

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This year you'll have two expo bib pickup options: park and stay awhile or use the drive-thru!

map of the parking, expo, and campground areas at Recreation Point
Race Day Schedule - Rolling Starts

Staggered Race Starts

We'll start runners in rolling waves from 5:45 - 7:30am Pacific Time. Your shuttle pickup and start time are based on wave color. You can find your wave color in your registration info and at Waves are assigned based on the estimated run length you gave us when you registered (between 1hr and 4hrs).

Race Day Schedule

All times listed are in Pacific Time.

WAVES: Dk. Green, Blue, Green, Orange

4:00 AM - Parking opens & shuttles begin
4:20 AM - First shuttles depart from all locations (This is the only shuttle time for Bass Lake area runners)

4:45 AM - Start line bib pickup opens

5:30 AM - Runners line up
5:40 AM - National Anthem

WAVES: Yellow, Lt. Blue, Purple, Red, Pink

5:00 AM - Runners should begin to park and load shuttles

6:40 AM - Last shuttles depart from Oakhurst


8:00 AM - Shuttles begin running between Oakhurst and 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 & Shuttles
Parking & Shuttle Schedule

Shuttles to the start line depart from 4:20am - 6:45am. Shuttle rides take about 30-45mins. Please stick to your shuttle time in order to avoid long lines and delayed shuttles!

Want to find your wave color? Log in to and view your registration info.

Dropping off your runner? please drop them off in the driveway in front of the LDS Church parking lot.

Shuttles will begin heading to and from the finish line at 8:00am for spectators and returning runners going back to Oakhurst.

Chart showing parking times from 4am to 5am depending on the wave color on your bib
road map of High School Rd in Oakhurst, CA with shuttle locations


Bass Lake Area Shuttle

Serves the Vacation Races Campground, The Pines, Miller's Landing, and The Forks

Shuttles depart at 4:20am 

(This is the only departure time. Please arrive early.

Shuttle Pickup: Shuttles will pickup in front of each location listed above.

Return Shuttle: Yes, beginning at 8:00am


If you stay at one of these locations, we ask you to take these shuttles regardless of your assigned wave start time! It's ok to start your race earlier than your bib designates :)

Otherwise, you will need to drive to Oakhurst and catch a later shuttle there.

Oakhurst Shuttle #1 - parking available!

Shuttles run from approx. 4:20am - 6:40am 

Shuttle Pickup: Behind Yosemite High School (50200 High School Rd)

Return Service: Yes, beginning at 8:00am


Please park in one of the lots below and proceed to the shuttle location. 

Oakhurst Shuttle #2 - no parking!

Serves the Fairfield Inn, Holiday Inn and other walking distance hotels* (Oakhurst, CA)

Shuttles run from approx. 4:20am - 6:40am.

Shuttle Pickup: Parking lot in front of Fairfield Inn

Return Service: Yes, beginning at 8:00am

*There is no designated race parking here - please use this shuttle ONLY if you are prepared to walk to the shuttle from a nearby hotel. This may also include Hampton Inn Express, Best Western, Yosemite Southgate Hotel, and more.

Shuttles heading to/from the Finish Line
Looking to get to the finish line? Need to get back to your car after the race? Use these shuttles!

Yosemite High School & Fairfield Inn, Oakhurst

Shuttles running from 8:00am through the afternoon

Shuttles will make round trips beginning at 8am to bring spectators to the finish line and runners back from the finish line. Spectators may use runner parking around Oakhurst and then walk to the shuttle pickup location. 

Miller's Landing, The Pines, and The Forks (for runners only)

Limited shuttles from the finish line for runners

We will also have limited shuttles for runners back to the Bass Lake Area locations (Miller's Landing, The Pines, and The Forks). But we will not be having continuous shuttles for spectators staying in this area.


Although this is not a spectator-friendly course, we welcome spectators back to Yosemite this year!

Please use runner parking & shuttles from Oakhurst to reach the finish line. These shuttles begin at 8am. Check the Parking & Shuttles tab for full spectator shuttle info!

Reminder: Rd 222/Southshore Road will be CLOSED during the race. You're safest option is to park in Oakhurst and take a shuttle to the finish line. You and your runner can then head back to Oakhurst via return shuttle and get lunch in town :)

We cannot have any spectators at the start line due to remote access and lack of parking. Please drop your runners off at a shuttle lot in the morning and join us at the finish line to celebrate!

Vacation Races Campground - Sold Out!

Reservation Period:

Thursday at 3:00 pm - Sunday at 9:00am

*Your reservation covers these dates, even if you do not choose to stay for the full duration.

Check-out Note: Please make a timely departure on Sunday, as we'll need to wrap up the campsite this morning. If you rented a tent, plan to return it well before the 9:00am check-out time.

The most convenient (and fun) place to stay during race weekend is our Vacation Races Campground! It is located at Recreation Point, where our finish line and race expo will be.

You can sleep in your car, tent, hammock, or rent a tent from us for an additional charge. RVs and trailers are not allowed. Whichever you choose, you still have to reserve a spot. Space is limited and will most likely sell out. Campsites do not include cots, sleeping bags, pillows, headlamps, cooking stoves and supplies.

This is a large group campsite. Not everyone will have their own private site with a table and fire ring. Plan to share space and get to know your fellow runners. There are group site fire pits, bathrooms, and running water. However, there are not showers located at the campground. *Here is a google compilation of public showers in the area.

Campsite Only (bring your own tent)
Campsite + 4 Person Tent Rental
Campsite + 6 Person Tent Rental




Getting to the Race

  • Shuttle to Start Line: 4:00 AM 
  • Start Time: 6:00 AM 

This is the only shuttle from Recreation Point to the start line and all campers are expected to use it. You will not need a return shuttle, as the finish line is located at Recreation Point. 

Zero Waste

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.

image of the foldable Nathan cup next to a person folding the cup into their waistbag

Stay hydrated on course with a reusable cup!


You can help us reduce trash by sorting disposable items into the appropriate container. 

You’ll notice three containers at our events:

  • Compostables: Organic goods like banana peels and most food items (without the wrapper please!)
  • Recyclables: Paper, aluminum, cardboard, steel, and glass. Please dump out any liquids into the compost bin BEFORE recycling the container.
  • Everything Else: Non-recyclable food wrappers like from used gel packets and styrofoam. Please dump out any food matter BEFORE throwing away the container.

Please avoid putting organic waste and compostable items in the wrong bin. It gets gross to sort through.

Race Results and Photos


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.

Due to the rolling start for the Yosemite Half, all awards will be based on chip time. This means it is possible to cross the finish line before someone else in your category while still finishing with a slower time than them. Please be patient while we verify finishing times on race day.

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


Race Photos
Race photos are available the Friday following the week of the race. We will send out an email when they're posted to the album as well as place the link below. This year we are offering race photos FREE to all our runners!

Award Ceremony Photos (Legacy)
You can find a link to any available award ceremony photos below:

Share your experiences with us! 
Be sure to use #YosemiteHalf in any photos you post from the race or your adventures exploring the park so we can share in the fun with you!

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Exclusive Yosemite Half Marathon merchandise is available in our online store.

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