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 – 72°F

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

Expo
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

Lodging
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 runsignup.com 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 »

Beautiful race and well organized

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

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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.

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.

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Pamela Ogata

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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 »


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

  • Rachel Kubacki says:

    Is there a time limit to be done by?

  • jen says:

    Can campsites be reserved after registration?

  • 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 :/

  • Molly says:

    If anyone has a bib they want to sell, please let me know!! My little sister signed up and we planned to do this together and I didn’t realize it would sell out so fast while I was trying to get the money! Please email me thank you so much!!

    Molly

  • Ben Hopps says:

    Hi there. Looking for 2-6 bibs for our team Ventucky Derby that wants to run. Please email me at Benhopps@yahoo.com

  • Timothy says:

    Wondering if anyone is selling a bib, my cousin is coming out to run the half and just told me about it. I want to run it with her so if anyone is willing to sell a bib let me know

  • Michelle says:

    If I want to add people to my team is that possible to do despite the race being sold out?
    If not, is there anyone interested in selling their bibs? I have 3 people that want to come.

  • Douglas kubacki says:

    Hi. Found out late. Looking for a bib if possible in case anyone can’t go. Willing to pay extra. Please let me know. Thanks so much.

  • Sonia Bailey says:

    I have two bibs that I need to transfer for the Yosemite Half Marathon race. Please email me at soniabailey928@gmail.com if you are interested.

  • Nicole says:

    What are the alternate options for bib pick up?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Nicole – If you’re not able to make it to the expo to pick up your bib, it can be mailed to you (option available until one month before the race), picked up race morning, or picked up by another runner, as long as they have a copy of your ID.

  • Bev Quinby says:

    How do I find out my start time? I don’t see it under race management.

    Thank you!

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Bev – Log in to your runsignup.com account >> click profile >> click manage registration next to the race you’re referring to >> your start time will be in the race details.

  • Meghan says:

    Looking for a bib- anyone have one for transfer?

  • Susan says:

    I am camping for the Yosemite race and I would like to bring my dog (service animal.) I don’t plan on running with her, I just wanted to know if she was allowed to camp with me.

  • Ronald Morgan says:

    Is there tracking for this race?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Ronald – There is not runner tracking for this race. We’ve tried it in the past but the area is too remote and the tracking isn’t very accurate.

  • Matt M says:

    Looking to purchase a bib — please email me at metzlermatt@gmail.com if you’re selling!

  • Jo says:

    Are wireless headphones allowed during the race?

  • Megan says:

    I have a bib for transfer! Please email me at megan.coon92@yahoo.com if you’re interested.

  • Kendall says:

    Hi there, I am trying to figure out how to Transfer and pay for two bibs. Could you please instruct me, thanks!

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Kendall – Here are the bib exchange 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. Click ‘Transfer Registration’
      8. New runner will receive an email with a link to register

  • dan says:

    Quick question — I understand that runners need to take the shuttle from Oakhurst to get to the finish line. But is there a way for my family members (who are not running the race) to get to the finish line area and meet me there?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Dan – Spectators can take a shuttle from the same shuttle pick up spot that the runners get picked up from in Oakhurst. These shuttles will drop spectators off about 3/4 mile from the finish line to walk there.

  • dan says:

    I am staying at the Yosemite RV Resort in Coarsegold on the Friday night before the race. I will be in the second heat, which begins at 730 a.m. Just wondering if any other racers might be staying at that campground Friday night — and if I might catch a ride to the shuttle pick up point at Oakhurst with you. thanks!

  • Ben Hopps says:

    Good Morning. I have 2 Bibs I need to transfer. Please let me know if you are interested and i will send the link. The transfer process is really easy. Sadly my two friends can’t make it now.
    Thank you!
    Ben

  • Mani says:

    Hi, I have one BIB I need to transfer. I got injured and have not been training to be ready for this race. :(

    Please let me know if you are interested and i will send the link.

    Thanks,
    Mani

  • ALEXANDRA says:

    My bib never got to my address, I forgot to put down my apartment number… where can I get my bib?

  • Ale Jackson says:

    I had my bib mailed to me however I forgot to put my apartment number, the USPS tracking number says it was delivered but I don’t have it…. what else can I do to locate my bib?

  • KT says:

    I was wondering if the race is on rain or shine…the weather forecast says there’s a 40% chance of rain as of now. Thanks!

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi KT – The race will go on, rain or shine! We’ll email a weather report next week with a more detailed forecast.

  • Theodore says:

    I’ve seen some medals have a number at the bottom and some have a silhouette of a runner. Which is on the 2019 Yosemite medal?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Theodore – The bottom of the medal has a cutout that spins. There is a runner on one side and the number of years the race has been running, 5, on the other side.

  • becky keeter says:

    I have a bib to trnsfer for the half. Please email if interested becky.keeter@yahoo.com

  • David K says:

    Are we permitted a small charcoal grill or fire pit at our campsite?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi David – Yes, you can have a personal grill at your campsite. There won’t be a fire pit at each campsite but there will be some community pits available.

  • Ryan A says:

    I have a bib to transfer for the Yosemite Half….please email me at arpskier@gmail.com if interested. Thanks!

  • James Canosa says:

    How does my colleague transfer his bib into my name as I will run for charity on his behalf?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi James – Here are the bib transfer 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. Click ‘Transfer Registration’
      8. New runner will receive an email with a link to register

      This can be done until midnight tonight – otherwise you can transfer it at the expo tomorrow. Only the new runner needs to be present.

  • Cassandra says:

    What happens if I don’t make the 4 hour cut-off? I get picked up by the van? That’s not the end of the world, right?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Cassandra – Indeed, it is not the end of the world. However, we try to let everyone finish if possible so chances are you will be allowed to finish if you are behind the cutoff.

  • sasha hadad says:

    Is there anyone who’s not going to make it to the race and would like to transfer their bib to someone else?? I have a friend who wants to run it. Please email me at cshadad@gmail.com

  • Sarah says:

    Are there medals awarded for top female in each division?

  • Theresa says:

    how do I enter my pics for the club hikes?

  • Geovanna Morgan says:

    I have done so many races, in many different places, but I have NEVER ran a race like this! Being able to go through nature and seeing the landscape with different animals was the most breathtaking experience I have done! I think everyone should at least do one vacation race in their lifetime. The staff is so attentive and the race is so well organized that I absolutely loved it! Can’t wait to sign up for my next one!

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Geovanna – Thank you for your kind words. We love where we get to run, and you’re right – everyone should do this! We hope to see you again soon!

  • Nic. says:

    How much money does one need to raise if doing a charity bib? Can you choose the charity of your choice? How would one register and what if you’re unable to raise the total amount?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Nic – The amount required for our half marathons is $1000. Each race has its own dedicated charity that we donate to – for example, for Yosemite it is the Yosemite Conservancy. If you have further questions, Cherie at cherie@vacationraces.com, she handles the charity bib program and will be able to help you with anything you need.

  • Katie says:

    Where do you fly into for the yosemite 1/2?

  • steph sharpe says:

    do you recall when the race sold out last year? thanks!

  • Nicole Saubert says:

    If you do the ‘regular’ entry, does some of the money go to the foundation/charity or does the entire registration go to vacation races organization?

  • Rachel Kubacki says:

    Hello, my husband and I had to defer last year’s Yosemite half marathon. We would both like to run the May 2020 half marathon. How do we register for this since we have already deferred it?

  • terri graham says:

    If i defered my registration from 2019, how do I register for 2020?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Terri – You should have received an email with your deferment code after the race. I can resend it.

  • Diane Lazos says:

    Can I add the campsite option later or am I committed at sign up?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Diane – You can add the campsite later if you would like; however, the campsite at this race always sells out so you might want to add it sooner rather than later if you need it.

  • Jace Dendor says:

    Is there leftover merch from previous years I can buy? Specifically stickers. Thanks!

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