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 9, 20​20
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 8, 2020, 12–6pm
Recreation Point Campground

Bib & Packet Pickup
Expo pickup recommended. Other options.

Registration Periods & Pricing

Early: $120 July 12 – Sep. 15
Regular: $145  Sep. 16 – Jan. 26 
Late: $165  Jan. 27 – 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 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 account, click Profile >> Manage Registration >> your heat will be in the race details.

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 Β»

Beautiful race and well organized

This was a beautiful race and well organized! Thanks :D

Jadi Hansel
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

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 Periods

Early: July 12 – Sep. 15
Regular: Sep. 16 – Jan. 26
Late: Jan. 27 – 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.

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

Cristal Porter
Yosemite Half Marathon Runner

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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 an 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.
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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

  • Maycon Lazarotto says:

    Hi, there will be a backpack drop-off at the start line that we can pick it up at the finish line? Thanks.

  • Irma says:

    What is the total elevation gain on this run?

  • Amanda Rodriguez says:

    What’s the age limit for kids??

  • Cynthia says:

    I had to defer my race last year and received an email stating I would get a code to use. I have not received the code. How do I go about getting the code? I also had a military entry.

  • Cliff says:

    Race Day Bib pickup: If unable to make expo to pick bib up, will it be available get on race day? Do I have to notify any one to do this?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Cliff – You will be able to pick your bib up race morning at the start line. You don’t need to indicate this in your registration, all bibs not picked up at the expo will be taken to the start line.

  • Irma says:

    If you are staying at the Campsite; do you start on the 1st Wave (6:00am) even though you were assigned the 2nd Wave (7:30am) when registering? The shuttle comments indicated we would start at 6:00am if staying at the campsite regardless of which Wave you were assigned to.

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Irma – Correct – regardless of what heat you were assigned, all campers will start in the first heat at 6am.

  • Candace McIntosh says:

    Do the slower runners start at the first heat? 0600?

  • pat warren says:

    Hi I was wondering how you make the payment if you’re raising money for charity?

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