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2019 Yosemite Half Marathon

May 11, 2019  |  Bass Lake, CA

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This is a fast scenic course through the Sierra National Forest just outside Yosemite National Park! Enjoy a peaceful 5 mile run through the trees, a fast 5 mile descent, and a beautiful 3 mile loop around Bass Lake. In May the lake is full and the waterfalls are pumping. There's no better time to visit. 

This race sells out quickly every year. Yosemite is calling. See you there!

Quick Info

Race Details

Date: May 11, 2019
Location: Bass Lake, CA
Start Time: 6:00 or 7:30am
Weather: 38 – 72°F

Course Type: Point-to-point
Stroller friendly? ​No
Disability friendly? ​No
Dogs allowed? No

May 10, 2019, 1–6pm
Recreation Point Campground

Bib & Packet Pickup
Expo pickup recommended. Other options.

Registration Periods & Pricing

Early: $110 July 13 – Sep. 9
Regular:  $145 Sep. 10 – Jan. 27, 2019
Late: $160 Jan. 28 – Race Expo

Refund Policy
Refunds available during Early Registration (no fee) and Regular Registration ($10 fee). 

Deferral, Race Transfer, and Bib Transfer available during all registration periods ($20 fee).

Travel & Other Info

Fly Into
Fresno Yosemite Int'l Airport (FAT)
Sacramento Int'l Airport (SMF)

Driving Directions: Coming Soon

Look for lodging near the town of Bass Lake. The Madera County Tourism site has other helpful recommendations.

The Course

The first 5 miles of our course will start on Fire Rd and is on a rough terrain 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. The race will finish at Recreation Point.

Check out this time lapse video for a rough idea of what the course will look like.

Additional course details »

Such a fun and beautiful race

This was such a fun and beautiful race. And the three days of camping were awesome, right near the finish line.

Pamela Hansen
Yosemite Half Marathon Runner

Half Marathon Aid Stations

At our road half marathons our aid stations typically start at mile 3 and are every other mile after that with a bonus aid station around mile 12. They are not always right at the mile marker so check your race guide to find out where they will be exactly. Our 5K races typically have a single aid station midway through the race. 

You can find toilets, water, Go Gnarly electrolyte drink and Honey Stinger gels at every aid station. Usually around mile 7 and 11 we'll have cut fruit and bananas. 

At every aid station we'll have basic first aid supplies, and we normally station our EMT's near mile 7. 

Our road half marathons and 5Ks are cup-free. That means we will not have disposable cups available for you to use. When you register you will have the option to receive a free hydrapouch with your registration or you can use you own hydration system. 

Free Training

No matter 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 skill levels. Check it out ≫

Race Package

Registration Periods

Early: July 13 – Sep. 9
Regular: Sep. 10 – Jan. 27
Late: Jan. 28 – Race Expo


*There is a limited number of entries to each race, and this event may sell out. If the event is sold out, registration will close regardless of registration period.


One of my favorite races!!!

I did the Inaugural Half (Oct 10, 2015) and it was one of my favorite races!!!

Denise Marie
Yosemite Half Marathon Runner

Bib & Packet Pickup

Bib Pickup » You have 3 options for picking up your bib:

1. Pickup at the expo (recommended) ID required
2. Pickup at the start line ID required
3. Mailed 2 weeks before the race ($20)

Bring Your Own Bag » In our ongoing effort to eliminate waste we encourage you to bring your own bag to hold your bib, race shirt, and any goodies you pick up at the race exp.

Race Shirts » If you're unhappy with the fit of your race shirt, or couldn't order the size you wanted we'll host a shirt exchange at the finish line on race day. Note that sizes and quantities will be limited.

Don't Miss a Deadline

Sign up to get deadline reminders and to be eligible for giveaways.

Travel Info

Get oriented with Bass Lake, Oakhurst, Yosemite National Park, and the surrounding area where the race will take place.

Additional Travel Details »

Race Day

For a detailed itinerary, parking & shuttle info, etc. visit the Race Details page »

Club Hikes

To help you make the most out of your visit to Yosemite 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. 

Yosemite Falls

Nevada Falls

Half Dome


Learn more about our race sponsors and their special offers!

Questions & Comments

  • Rachel Kubacki says:

    Is there a time limit to be done by?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Rachel – There is a 4-hour time limit for the race.

  • jen says:

    Can campsites be reserved after registration?

    • Ryan Jenkins says:

      Yes, you’ll just need to log back into your RunSignUp profile and update your registration settings.

  • Elle says:

    Can you “walk” the race 8nstead of jogging/running?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Elle – Yep! We have walkers at every race – just be sure you can finish in the 4-hour time limit.

  • Ronald A Morgan says:

    What is the race shuttle route? Need to know this so that I can pick a location that the bus will stop at. Thank you .

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Ronald – There will be one shuttle pick up location in Oakhurst, near the high school. You will need to drive to that location to get on the shuttle.

      • Ronald Morgan says:

        Thank you. Does Vacation Races still offer the flat rate of $75.00 to
        Military. I have done the 2016 Zion and 2016 Lake Powell Halfs at that rate.
        I have already made reservations at Yosemite Sierra Inn for May 10-12.
        Need to confirm military rate. Is there a military rate code when registering?

        • Kaelee Clifford says:

          There is a military rate but it has been changed to a percentage, which if registering during early bird registration will come out to be about $75. You will see the military question on page three of registration – the discount will be given at checkout.

          • Ronald A Morgan says:

            Thank you very much.

  • Christina says:

    Regarding the free training plans (awesome, by the way!!) do they take into account the fact that the race will be mostly downhill, and training will probably require special attention to that?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Christina – Yes, they training plan is catered to each specific course.

  • Audrey Jefferies says:

    Is there a way to get a refund later if I end up not able to run the race?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Audrey – You will be able to get a full refund during early bird registration (until September 10th), a full refund minus a $10 processing fee during regular registration (until January 28th), and refunds will not be available during late registration (after January 28th).

  • Tammy A Moller says:

    If I have a different start time than my friends, can I change my start time to run with them?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Tammy – Yes, you can start at the same time as your friends.

  • Tyler King says:

    Hi there,

    I’m super excited for this race, it will be my first year doing this. Just a quick question about lodging – where is the best place to stay in regards to location to the race? After the race, I plan on camping but prior, I would love a comfortable room so I can get a good rest.

  • Sophia says:

    Who can I speak to about volunteer options?

  • Bentley Whitfield says:

    Are there any 2019 Yosemite race dates or weekends where both the half-marathon and 5K are run?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Bentley – There is only the half marathon distance at the Yosemite race, no 5k.

  • Stefanie says:

    Are campers allowed in the finish line campground or just vehicles and tents?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Stefanie – Campers are allowed but there are no hookups.

  • Chad S says:

    If we are staying in the Pines area, will there be any carpools/shuttles to the main Oakhurst staging area?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Chad – There will not be race shuttles from The Pines but you are welcome to guest post on our Facebook page, Yosemite Half Marathon, to connect with other runners about carpooling.

  • Chris nelso says:

    What day is the camp charge for? Day before race?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Chris – The campsite is available Thursday at 3pm through Sunday at 9am.

  • Sudharsan says:

    How do i change my heat information on the Registration

  • Alan Bro k says:

    How can I confirm my registration for the Yosemite half?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Alan – I have re-sent your confirmation email. You can also log in to your RunSignUp account and view your registration there.

  • Alesa says:

    Is there a minimum age limit?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Alesa – There is not an age limit, as long as the runner can finish in the 4-hour time limit.

  • Carmen says:

    I sent a friend of mine my special link for them to register and it didn’t work. In fear that the run would fill up, he just registered directly with the website. I hear we may get a surprise if we recommend someone, how can i get credit for this. :) THANK YOU!

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Carmen – I apologize for the delayed response. I am checking with our marketing director and will let you know what I find out.

  • Syahirah says:

    Hi, is this open to international application?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Syahirah – Yes, international runners can run this event.

  • Candice says:

    Is this race a qualifier for TCS New York marathon?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Candice – It is not.

  • Santiago Campos says:

    In case of no rooms available in the park is their other places you guys recommend like camp grounds were we can camp out prior to the race ?

  • Maria Elena says:

    Are there camping sites available to participants?

  • shyla says:

    If I register individually under the charity bib option, can I change to a team and add people later?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Shyla – Yes, you can create/manage a team by following these instructions:
      1. Sign In to RunSignUp
      2. Go to your Profile
      3. Click Manage Registration
      4. Click Team from the menu option
      5. Share, update details, and manage your Group/Team from here

  • JB says:

    At the expo can you pick up another racer’s packet and bin in addition to your own?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi JB – Yep! Just be sure to have a copy of their ID, like a picture on a phone.

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