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2019 Yosemite Half Marathon

May 11, 2019  |  Bass Lake, CA

Countdown to race day!

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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

Expo
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: yes (no fee)
*Regular Registration: yes ($10 fee). *Late Registration: NO

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

Lodging
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 »

When can I sign up for the next one??? :D

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Cristal Porter
Yosemite Half Marathon Runner

Aid Stations

Expect about 6 aid stations on the course beginning around mile 3. Aid stations include toilets, water, Gnarly electrolyte drink, 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

Sarah Lavender Smith

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

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*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.

When can I sign up for the next one??? :D

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Cristal Porter
Yosemite Half Marathon Runner

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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

Clouds Rest

Other events for you to love

Questions & Comments

  • Rachel Kubacki says:

    Is there a time limit to be done by?

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • Stefanie says:

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

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • Candice says:

    Is this race a qualifier for TCS New York marathon?

  • 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?

  • Sherry Schreiner says:

    Hello, I would like to transfer my race entry from Yosemite to Grand Tetons. I am so disappointed to not go to Yosemite, but the timing is not going to work out.

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Sherry – You can transfer your registration to another race by following these instructions:

      1. Sign In to RunSignUp
      2. Go to your Profile
      3. Click Manage Registration next to the registration that you would like to transfer
      4. Click the Transfer to Another Race menu item
      5. Find the race that you would like to transfer into and click the Start Transfer button
      6. Register for the new race and your Race Transfer Credit will be applied at the checkout

      You can find this information on our website on the Policies page.

  • Jennie Amicon says:

    My friend may not be able to run the Yosemite race. Is it possible to transfer her bib to someone else? Thanks

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Jennie – A bib can be transferred to another runner by following these instructions:

      1. Sign In to RunSignUp
      2. Go to your Profile
      3. Click Manage Registration next to the registration that you would like to transfer to another person
      4. Click the Transfer To Another Runner menu item
      5. Fill out all required fields
      6. Select either Transfer as a Gift or Transfer for Refund
      7. New runner will receive an email with a link to register

      You can find this information on our website on the Policies page.

    • Trudi Blanco says:

      Hi Jennie, I am trying to sign up but it is sold out. I will buy your friends bib if she would like to sell it?

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Jennie, please let me know if you’re still looking to transfer your friends race bib. Thanks! Ryan

    • Sarah Smith says:

      I’m also interested in purchasing your friend’s bib if she can’t go. I’d be so grateful!

  • Maurizio Lorenzetti says:

    Hi, is the registration for the Yosemite race full? In the home page it shows that it is still available but when you try register, after entering your information it says “full”. Which one is it?

  • Michelle Yang says:

    Where is the Expo?

  • Trudi Blanco says:

    Can I be put on a cancellation list? I would like to sign up but just found out registration is full. Do you plan to open more spots?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Trudi – There is not a wait list. The best way to get into the race is to find someone who is selling their bib on the Yosemite Half Marathon event page on our Vacation Races Facebook page.

  • Ryan says:

    Hi Folks, I was a little slow in registering and am looking to see if anyone can no longer go and wants to transfer their race bib. Happy to pay the full price. Please email me at rywilliams05@gmail.com or transfer to my email directly with the “Transfer for Refund” option. Thanks – Ryan

  • Mahima Chawla says:

    Hi, looking for 2 bibs for my husband and I. Please email me at mchawla8@gmail.com if you’re selling – thanks!

  • Geet says:

    Hi, if I am running through Sierra Club, do I still need to register through VR for a charity bib?

  • Vivian says:

    Is the Yosemite half sold out for 2019?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Vivian – Yes, the Yosemite Half is sold out this year. You still have a couple options: sign up for a charity bib or find a runner selling their bib. The best place to find someone selling their bib is on the Yosemite Half Marathon event page on our Vacation Races Facebook page.
      Find out more about our charity bib program here:
      https://vacationraces.com/charitybibs/

  • Ardis Hewitt says:

    Greetings
    Will be unable to participate due to injury. Anyone interested in my bib? Email me, ardieart@gmail.com. Hope for next year.

  • Sarah M says:

    How do I confirm my registration? I can’t seem to find the email or remember if I got an email :/

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