Yosemite Half Marathon

This is a fast, scenic course through the Sierra National Forest just outside of Yosemite National Park! The first 5 miles are a peaceful run through the trees followed by a fast 5 miles downhill. Finish it off with a beautiful 3 miles around Bass Lake. Yosemite is calling!
  • Location: Bass Lake, CA
  • Date: May 7, 2022 
  • Terrain: Mixed (trail & pavement)
  • Difficulty: Easy (💧💧)

May 7, 2022

Bass Lake, CA

Difficulty:

Mixed Terrain

Point-to-point

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Dates & Time

Race Info: 

May 7, 2022

First heat - 6:00 am start

Second heat - 7:30 am start


Race Expo & Bib Pickup:

Friday, May 6, 2022

12pm - 6pm (bibs until 7pm)

* Expo bib pickup is recommended. Limited bibs available at the start line race morning.


Expo & Finish Line Location

Recreation Point Campground

Bass Lake, CA


All runners will be shuttled to the start line from Oakhurst.


The Course

Terrain: This is a mixed terrain course with both dirt trail and pavement. 


Strollers allowed? No

Disability Friendly? No

Dogs allowed? No

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GET INVOLVED

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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.

Learn more about Wander Project >>

Volunteer with Us!

Our amazing volunteers help runners at the race expo, finish line, merch tent, and beyond! Join us for a 3-4hr shift and earn a $50 or $100 credit towards a future race.

Pro-tip: Volunteer at the expo and run the next day OR ask a friend to volunteer and "gift" you the credit (or use it themselves!)

HOW TO PREPARE

Know Your Guidelines

- Read your race details! Following event rules helps us to put on safe, sustainable events.

- We are a zero-waste event. Please stick to reusable water bottles and avoid bringing disposable items to the race.

- Be courteous towards fellow runners on and off the course.

Join the Community

Vacation Races is honored to have a community of runners who actively support one another! We highly recommend joining one our Facebook groups to get input from other runners, share stories, and learn about the latest updates.

Yosemite Race Details

Come here to prepare for your race! 

Course Details

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. 

Time limit
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.

Course Records
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)

Aid Stations

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. 

Additional Details

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Race Expo & Bib Pickup

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 PointWe’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 ($30)
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.

Race Expo

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!

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Race Day Schedule - Two Heats!

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

Yosemite Starting Heats

Schedule

FIRST HEAT 

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

SECOND HEAT

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 & Shuttles

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.

Yosemite Parking Plan

First Heat

Parking and shuttles available from 3:45am - 4:30am


Parking lot:

49165 Crane Valley Rd, Oakhurst (use Sierra Way for access)

Shuttle: Located in front of the lot along Crane Valley Rd

Second Heat 

Parking and shuttles available from 5am - 5:45am

Lot 1: LDS Church

Lot 2: In front of Yosemite High School

Lot 3: Oakhurst Evangelical Free Church

Shuttle: Behind Yosemite High School (50200 High School 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.

Runner Drop-off
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.

Spectators

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.

Vacation Races Campground - Sold Out!

Reservation Period:

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

$50

$100

$130

Getting to the Race

  • Shuttle to Start Line: 4:00 AM 
  • Start Time: 6:00 AM 

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. 

Race Results and Photos

Past Results

You can view race results from past races below:

2021 Yosemite Half Results
2020 Yosemite Virtual Race Results
2019 Yosemite Half Results
2018 Yosemite Half Results
2017 Yosemite Half Results
2016 Yosemite Half Results

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 timing@vacationraces.com.

Photos

Race Photos
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!

Race Merchandise

Exclusive Yosemite Half Marathon merchandise is available in our online store.

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