2020 Yosemite Half Marathon Cancelled

May-9, 2020

To all runners registered for the 2020 Yosemite Half Marathon: 

It is with great disappointment that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Yosemite Half Marathon. 

This is obviously a challenging time for everyone and there is a lot of uncertainty in the air. We hope this news finds you safe and healthy. This is a bit of a lengthy explanation, so if you want to just jump to the part where we go into detail about what cancellation means for you and what your options are click here

We DEEPLY appreciate your business and the trust you've put in us through the years. We always do our best to do right by you in the face of unexpected challenges even at great cost to us. We have been watching the development of COVID-19 very closely and are trying to do the best thing for our runners, volunteers and the community where we hold this event. Because of the rapid way this has developed, we didn’t feel it was prudent to cancel the event much further in advance than this. We wanted to wait as long as possible to make sure we were making the most informed decision, while not waiting too long and making it impossible for you to change your plans.

The state of California is currently under a “Shelter in Place” or “Stay at Home” order. Non essential businesses are closed and residents are encouraged to stay home in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus and protect those in the community who are at high risk. Yosemite National Park is closed. Our permitting agencies (Madera County, Forest Service, and CLM) all have restrictions in place that fall in line with the state’s current position. So with the information we have at this time, we cannot in good conscience proceed with the Yosemite Half Marathon. Unfortunately, postponing isn't really feasible for our events, because the overwhelming majority of attendees have meaningful travel as part of their plans. Furthermore, our events take place when they do in order to optimize for weather, traffic, tourism patterns, etc. In a nutshell, most of the town we run in wouldn't be able to host us later in the year, and most of the runners can’t reschedule on a moment's notice.

This leaves us having to cancel. We know you’ve put in the miles to train and had plans to explore Yosemite. We feel that disappointment alongside you. Our preference in this situation would be to offer 100% money back refunds. If it were only one event we might be able to pull that off even though it would mean significant losses for us. However, this is our second cancellation this year and it looks like we may have to cancel more. Offering full refunds means we would likely need to lay off staff or close our doors forever. I know the pandemic is impacting everyone differently. I don’t know what medical, financial, or other burdens this news might find you dealing with, but I hope you know we are mindful of you and all the individuals in our community and hope you have the strength, support, and resources you need to get you through this time. This isn’t forever. We will run again.

We plan to continue to operate, and we have put together a few options for you to choose from.
You will need to make a choice by April 27th.

**regardless of which option you select, anyone who registered for a campsite or paid to have their bibs shipped to them early will be refunded that money 100%.


HERE ARE YOUR OPTIONS:
(Please click on the option(s) below to see an explanation and detailed instructions on how to select that option)

1. Defer My Registration & Get $50 Bonus Credit

*The process of deferment breaks into two main parts: deferring the race, claiming the deferment by identifying which race you want to apply registration fees to. Please read these instructions thoroughly before deferring.

The value of your registration will roll over to a future event of your choosing (2021 Yosemite Half Marathon or any other event that registration is open for). You will also receive a coupon code in an email from us good for $50 towards another race in the future. All deferment fees have been waived.

How do I do this?
To defer your registration just follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign In to RunSignUp
  2. Go to your Profile
  3. Click My Registered Races
  4. Click Manage next to the Yosemite Half Marathon Event
  5. Click the Defer Registration menu item
  6. Click Confirm Deferral

At this point your registration has been deferred and there is nothing more you need to do. 

The page you are brought to allows you to select the race you would like to apply your registration to. You will not see the 2021 Yosemite Half Marathon on this page because registration for that race is not yet open. You can select a different race, or wait until we open registration for the 2021 event later this year and complete your deferment. We will email you when we open registration for 2021.

How do I claim my deferment?
Once you are ready to choose which race you would like to apply your deferred race registration towards, you can do so by following these steps:

  1. Sign In to RunSignUp
  2. Go to your Profile
  3. Scroll to the bottom and click My Deferrals
  4. Click Complete Deferral next to the Yosemite Half Marathon Event
  5. Find the event you want and click Start Transfer
  6. Complete registration for that race.

How much money will be deferred?
All of your registration fee will be deferred. We will not defer add-ons (training shirt, hydration pack, etc.) as these have already been shipped to you. If you used a coupon code to register for the race it will be reactivated for you to reuse. Only the amount you paid will be deferred.

2. Transfer to the Virtual Race & Get $50 Bonus Credit

Virtual races allow you to join the fun without the crowds. Simply run on your own and report your results - we’ll send your shirt and bib before race day and your medal after you report your completion (honor system). You will also receive a coupon code in an email from us good for $50 towards another race in the future.

How do I do this?
To transfer to the Virtual Yosemite Half Marathon just follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign In to RunSignUp

  2. Go to your Profile

  3. Click My Registered Races

  4. Click Manage next to the Yosemite Half Marathon Event

  5. Click the Transfer Event menu item

  6. Click Start Transfer

  7. Select the Virtual Half Marathon option and click Continue

  8. Finish the simple transfer form

We will send an email later with more details on how to participate, how to ensure your mailing address is correct, and how to report your time.

3. You can keep my registration fee

You understand that events are expensive, even when canceled, and you want us to keep your registration fees to help cover our costs. ❤️ We deeply appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing you at an event soon. Once it’s safe to do so, we will give you the highest of fives, or biggest of hugs if you’re a hugger.
Please click this link to fill out a very short form to let us know this is what you would like to do.

4. Request a 50% Refund

We understand. We hope you can join us next time. You'll get a refund of 50% of the amount paid for your registration. Refunds will be processed May 1st.

How do I request the refund?
To request a refund just follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign In to RunSignUp
  2. Go to your Profile
  3. Click My Registered Races
  4. Click Manage Registration next to the registration that you would like to request a refund for
  5. Click the Request Refund menu item

**Follow the provided steps and continue

How much money will be refunded?
50% of what you paid to register for this race will be refunded. We will not refund add-ons (training shirt, hydration pack, etc.) as these have already been shipped to you. If you paid for your bib to be shipped to you early or paid for a campsite those fees will be refunded to you separately 100%. If you used a coupon code to register for the race it will be reactivated for you to reuse. Only 50% of the amount you paid will be refunded.

Why only 50%?
We understand you may be hurting right now and frustrated with these circumstances, but we encourage you to remember that we are a small, relatively new business. Putting on a race has serious expenses. Some of those aren’t paid until the race happens, but a lot of them are paid in advance: race medals, race shirts, permits, venue deposits, service deposits (shuttles, toilets, police), marketing efforts, salaries of employees, etc. We are all working to make it through this unprecedented time. We are trying our best to do right by our runners. In order to continue putting on races in the future, we can only refund 50% at this time. We hope you understand.

Reminder: You will need to make a choice by April 27th.

Please reach out if you have any concerns and please be patient as we navigate things at this time. We will do our best to respond in a timely manner as you have come to expect, but as you can imagine the email and call volume is very high at this time. Please read through these instructions carefully, most of your questions are answered here. 

Thank you for your support. We look forward to running with you again soon. Hang in there!

Dehn Craig
Yosemite Half Marathon Event Director

  • General Notes Regarding all Vacation Races Events
What if I am registered for a different race this year?
What does this mean for me? With things continuing to change daily, we are taking each race on a case-by-case basis until the pandemic is resolved. We've had the need to cancel the following events: the 2020 Zion Ultras, Yosemite Half Marathon, Grand Teton Half & 5K, Yellowstone Half & 5K, and the Glacier Half Marathon.

We figure most people have a 30-day window to receive full or partial refunds on lodging and other travel expenses. Because of this, we will make our official decision to hold or cancel each race on the corresponding dates below, roughly 35 days before the event. All registered runners will receive communications outlining their options at that time. Until then, assume the race is on unless you’ve heard differently from us. 


For all events after the Glacier Half Marathon, it’s simply too early to say. However, right now we plan to make our final decision ~35 days before each race.

What does this mean for the 2021 race season? We will be opening registration for our 2021 race season just as we do every year. While we are doing our part to follow health and safety recommendations and contain the spread of COVID-19, our plan is still to bet against the apocalypse. 🙂 We expect to still be here in 2021. We plan to make some adjustments in the short term, but are looking forward to a return to normalcy as soon as possible. We have extended some of our price jumps, and will continue to adjust those and communicate to you as needed.
  • Jagmeet Lamba says:

    Hi, I thought I had signed up and thought that I had deferred this but it does not seem to have gone through. Can you please look into it for me? Thanks1

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Jagmeet – Your registration is still active. I have deferred it and emailed you instructions to manage your deferred credit.

  • Kat says:

    Hi, I signed up for the half Yosemite I thought I deferred for next year but it seems like it didn’t go through.

  • John Kapenga says:

    Hi, I was planning to do the virtual race next weekend but completely forgot to transfer my registration to the virtual race. Is it too late?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi John – No problem – I have transferred you to the virtual run. I will email you the rest of the information via email.

  • Bee says:

    Are we still able to defer our registration to to future race?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Bee – Yes! you can defer your registration to another race by logging in to RunSignup, clicking Manage Registration, Defer, and Confirm Deferment. From there you can transfer into any open race. If the race you want to run isn’t open yet just wait until it does to transfer into it.

  • Mary K Guzman says:

    Hi, I was able to defer my registration. Will you be sending shirts and bibs for the canceled race?

    • Kaelee Clifford says:

      Hi Mary – We won’t send the shirts and bibs if you deferred your registration – your full registration fee will be transferred to pay for next year’s shirts, bibs, and medals.

  • Elizabeth imlach says:

    I missed this email and just saw it today. It says I’m unable to defer my registration for the Yosemite half. Is it too late to do so? It says I missed the deadline and will receive no refund. Please help!

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