Yosemite Half Marathon Logo & Medal Design

Race day has passed, but the memories will last!

Thanks for traveling from near and far to join us at Yosemite.
We hope you'll run with us again soon!

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 8, 2021
Location: Bass Lake, CA
Start Time: 6:00 am rolling start
Weather: 38 – 72°F

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

Expo + Drive-up Bib Pickup
May 7, 2021, 10 am - 7pm
Recreation Point Campground

**Bibs will be also available at the start line on race morning. Arrive via your shuttle.

Race Guide

The race guide contains the answers to almost any question you may have for the event. Please read it!

Registration Periods & Pricing

Early: $120 July 17 – Oct. 18
Regular: $145  Oct. 19 – Jan. 24 
Late: $165  Jan. 25 – Race Expo

Refund Policy
Refunds available during:
*Early and 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).

Want to use a deferred credit? 
Login to RunSignup, click Deferrals, Complete Deferments

Full Policy Details

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 in Oakhurst or near the town of Bass Lake. The Madera County Tourism site has other helpful recommendations.

Runner Waves
Parking locations and shuttle times vary based on your wave!

Get full details on staggered wave parking and shuttles >>

Need to find out which wave you're in? Log in to your runsignup.com account, click Profile >> Manage Registration >> your wave will be in the race details.

Course Summary

The first 5 miles of the 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.

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 »

Another great run!

Thank you for another great run!

Jamie Biehahn-Crissman
Yosemite Half Marathon Runner

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

Free Custom Training Program for this Race!

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 17 – Oct. 18
Regular: Oct. 19 – Jan. 24
Late: Jan. 25 – May 7

*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.


Rocky mountain and Joshua Tree were the two hardest races I've done, but they were completely worth it! Grand Canyon has so far been my favorite! Beautiful course, spirited people, and amazing staff. Not to mention the race shirts always have great designs! My goal is to complete all NP half marathons. I will be doing Zion, Yosemite, and hopefully Lake Powell next year 2018! Thank you Vaction Races for the fun times and everlasting memories.

Shayna Buffalow
Rocky Mountain, Grand Canyon, and Joshua Tree Runner

Note: There is no Wait List!
Sign up for your chosen race as soon as possible. When a race distance sells out, there is no waiting list should someone drop out. Once sold out, registration will close and a race entry may be obtained through a bib transfer from another runner selling their spot. Be sure to familiarize yourself with our bib transfer policy before buying/selling a bib.

Charity Bibs

Want to run for a great cause? 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. We primarily fund three project areas including: preservation and conservation of public lands; education around local ecology and stewardship; and the promotion of health and well-being. Learn more about Charity Bibs here!

Race Deferment & Credit

You can manage your deferred credit by logging in to RunSignup, clicking Deferrals, and Complete Deferment. From there you can transfer into another race.

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 - 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 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 »

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