2021 Yosemite Half Marathon

May 8, 2021

Bass Lake, CA

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 8, 202​1
Location: Bass Lake, CA
Start Time: 6:00 or 7:30am
Weather: 38 – 72Β°F

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

May 7, 2021, 12–6pm
Recreation Point Campground

Bib & Packet Pickup
Expo pickup recommended. Other options.

Registration Periods & Pricing

Early: $120 July 17 – Sep. 13
Regular: $145  Sep. 14 – Jan. 24 
Late: $165  Jan. 25 – Race Expo

Refund Policy
Refunds available during:
*Early Registration: yes (no fee)
*Regular Registration: yes ($10 fee). *Late Registration: NO
*Refunds not available due to weather

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)

Directions to the expo: Rec. Point, Bass Lake, CA

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

Heats & Waves
Need to find out which heat you're in? Log in to your runsignup.com account, click Profile >> Manage Registration >> your heat will be in the race details.

The Course

The first 5 miles of the 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.

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 Β»

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

Aid Stations

Expect about 6 aid stations on the course beginning around mile 3. 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

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.
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Registration opens July 17th at 8am (MT)

Registration Periods

Early: July 17 – Sep. 13
Regular: Sep. 14 – Jan. 24
Late: Jan. 25 – 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 Weekend Getaways in My Lifetime

If you see Dehn, tell him he did a spectacular job coordinating the Yosemite Half. Mom and I had a blast. I get around and the Yosemite Half has been one of my favorite weekend getaways in my lifetime.

Pamela Ogata

Don't Miss a Deadline

Get deadline reminders and be eligible for giveaways.

Travel & Lodging Info

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

Vacation Races Campground -
In addition to hotel or vacation rentals in the city of Oakhurst or around Bass Lake, runners have the option to stay at the official Vacation Races Campground. This is the most convenient (and most fun) place to stay during race weekend! 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 (no RVs or trailers). Whichever you choose, you still have to reserve a spot. Campsites do not include cots, sleeping bags, pillows, headlamps, cooking stoves and supplies.
More Details Β»

Race Day

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

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

Clouds Rest

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Questions & Comments

  • Jason says:

    Will there be tracking for the runners this race?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Jason – There will not be tracking available, unfortunately. We have tried it in the past and the remote course location made it very inaccurate.

  • Tabitha Miller says:

    Any chance we can still get camping if we forgot to add it to our cart at checkout?

  • Julie Criss says:

    Looking for a bib. Was closed out. Read other comments below . Thank you .

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