Yosemite Half Marathon
May 7, 2022
Bass Lake, CA
Terrain: This is a mixed terrain course with both dirt trail and pavement.
Strollers allowed? No
Disability Friendly? No
Dogs allowed? No
Travel to Yosemite
Look for lodging in Oakhurst or near the town of Bass Lake. The Madera County Tourism site has other helpful recommendations!
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Vacation Races Campground (Sold Out!)
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 showers, cots, sleeping bags, pillows, headlamps, cooking stoves, or supplies.
There will be a morning shuttle from Recreation Point to the start line!
Yosemite National Park
We realize that the races in this series are out of the way for most runners, and it may be the only time that you visit these breathtaking areas. One of our biggest desires is that you walk away from this event having fully experienced what the region has to offer.
While in the area we encourage you to continue the adventure and spend time in the parks!
We are determining the best way to have runners participate in this club - please stay tuned for more info!
If you've run any of our National Park half marathons before, you may be familiar with our "club hikes" and "trifecta" programs. The "Explorer Club" series is our new iteration of this idea! We want you to have as broad or as deep of an experience of our National Parks and their surrounding areas as oissible. We have created a scavenger hunt made up of all kinds of adventures and experiences you can have here at Yosemite.
The challenge consists of activities that fit into 6 categories: History, Hiking, Explore, Food/Dining, Education, and Stewardship.
Each activity is worth points towards a Yosemite Explorer badge! They are worth a different number of points based on difficulty and you can choose which to tackle based on your interests. Whether you have an afternoon or a week at the park, you should be able to plan an amazing itinerary with these suggestions!
Here is an interactive map with some of our favorite hikes, local businesses, and other activities for your Yosemite stay
Note: You are responsible for your safety if you attempt to participate in any of these activities. Always check the weather before starting a hike, and speak with a park or forest ranger for updated information regarding trail conditions, closures, and permits.
Register for the Yosemite Half Marathon
Pricing will increase with each registration period. Register now to get the best price.
RUN FOR A CAUSE
Support Our Park Communities
Fundraise for your chosen race and your registration fee could be waived. All funds go to Wander Project to support efforts in and around the communities that host our events.
HOW TO PREPARE
Yosemite Race Details
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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.
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.
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)
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 7. 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 HydraPouch when you register.
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
Friday before the race from 12pm–6pm at Recreation Point. We’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 ($20)
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.
We encourage you to attend the race expo which will be on May 6 at Recreation Point Campground 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.
Bib pickup will be available at this site until 7pm. See you there!
Race Day - May 7th, 2022
Staggered "Heat" starts
We'll start runners in two waves, one starting at 6:00am and the next at 7:30am. Heats are based on your bib wave color. You can find your wave color in your registration info and at RunSignup.com.
3:45 AM - First Heat parking opens & shuttles begin
4:30 AM - First Heat parking closes & last shuttle leaves
4:45 AM - Bib pickup opens (start line)
5:45 AM - Last call for gear check & runners line up
5:50 AM - National Anthem
6:00 AM - FIRST HEAT START
5:00 AM - Second Heat parking opens & shuttles begin
5:45 AM - Second Heat parking closes & last
7:15 AM - Last call for gear check & runners line up
7:20 AM - National Anthem
7:30 AM - SECOND HEAT START
*ALL RUNNERS WILL HAVE 4 HOURS FROM THEIR START TIME TO COMPLETE THE RACE
Parking and Shuttles
We will have plenty of parking to accommodate all of our runners. However, please note that there will be no runner parking at the finish line or start line. We will have event parking and shuttles from a few locations in Oakhurst, CA listed below.
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING OR DROP OFF AT THE START LINE.
Parking and shuttles available from 3:45am - 4:30am
49165 Crane Valley Rd, Oakhurst (use Sierra Way for access)
Shuttle: Located in front of the lot along Crane Valley Rd
Vacation Races Campground, The Pines, Miller's Landing, and The Forks
Shuttle to the start line at 4:00am (Only shuttle time)
If you stay at one of these locations, we ask you to take this shuttle and start at 6:00 am with Heat 1!
Otherwise, you will need to drive to Oakhurst and catch a Heat 2 shuttle there.
Shuttles will return runners to the Oakhurst parking area after the race. Shuttles will run until all runners and spectators have been returned.
If you are dropping a runner off, please drop them off in the driveway in front of Oakhurst Elementary School (First Heat), or at the LDS Church lot parking lot (Secomd Heat). Runners will then walk over to their shuttle loading area.
Although this is not a spectator-friendly course, we expect to welcome you back to Yosemite this year!
Spectators are welcome at the finish line and will have their own parking and shuttle service. Please check back for more details as the race approaches.
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.
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
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.
You can view race results from past races below:
If you see that you placed, but didn't stick around for the awards ceremony, no worries! You can request to have your place medal shipped to you!
If you have questions about your placement or results, please email email@example.com.
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
Award ceremony photos are posted within a week of the race. You can find a link to the 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!
Exclusive Yosemite Half Marathon merchandise is available in our online store.