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Yosemite Half Marathon

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Take on 13.1 miles of Sierra National Forest lined with awe-inspiring views. Run through dense forests and staggering waterfalls. A largely downhill course, this route is perfect for beginners or advanced runners looking to set a new PB. Come for the views of Bass Lake and the mountains.

How to enter the Yosemite Half Marathon

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    $165
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Yosemite Half Marathon route

Set in the stunning Sierra National Forest, approximately 10 miles south of Yosemite National Park, this course takes runners over mixed terrain for the first 4 miles then morphs into a gentle downhill for the next 9 or so miles and finishes on a flat route around Bass Lake. The downhill section means there is a strong chance you will be setting your next PB on this course and there is no better way to do that than with jaw dropping views of the Sierra Nevada's.

There will be multiple aid stations positioned approximately every 2 miles throughout the race. They will be well-stocked with electrolytes, snacks, water and toilets. Please note that this event is cup-free so runners should bring their own water bottles to refill or request a free HydraPouch when you register.

The cut-off time is 4 hours (~18 minutes per mile) which should give runners and walkers a generous buffer to get to the finish line and enjoy the satisfaction of finishing one of the most scenic runs in North America.

There will be two heats for this event and they are outlined below. Shuttles for each service operate at different times so please check the information below before your race day. The heats are based on your expected finish times so it is important to include this when you purchase your ticket.

First Heat: 6:00AM Start

Wave 1 (Blue): 1:00 - 1:55

Wave 2 (Green): 1:55 - 2:05

Wave 3 (Orange): 2:05 - 2:15

Wave 4 (Yellow): 2:15 - 2:25

Wave 9 (Hunter): 3:30 - 4:00

Second Heat: 7:30AM Start

Wave 5 (Turquoise): 2:25 - 2:35

Wave 6 (Purple): 2:35 - 2:45

Wave 7 (Red): 2:45 - 3:00

Wave 8 (Pink): 3:00 - 3:30

Event Details

  • Aid stations
  • Free training plans
  • Official photography
  • Course marshalled
  • Results
  • The chance to buy exclusive race merchandise

Schedule:

First Heat:
3:45 AM - Parking lot opens for runners
4:30 AM - Last shuttle leaves to start line
5:30 AM - Last call for race day bib pickup
5:45 AM - Runners line up/ Last day for bib pickup
5:50 AM - National Anthem
6:00 AM - Race Start

Second Heat:
5:00 AM - Parking lot opens for runners
5:45 AM - Last shuttle leaves to start line
7:00 AM - Last call for race day bib pickup
7:15 AM - Runners line up/ Last day for bib pickup
7:20 AM - National Anthem
7:30 AM - Race Start

All Runners:
10:15 AM - Awards Ceremony
10:45 AM - Mile 10 cutoff. All runners must be at or past mile 10 to finish the race.
11:30 AM - All runners must be finished with the race

Please note there will be a shuttle service operating from the car park to the event start line.

Spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on their family and friends as they crush their next PB. Shuttles will be taking spectators to and from the finish at 8:00AM.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a gear check at the Yosemite Half Marathon?
There will be gear check at the start line that will be brought to the finish line for pick up.
When will we be notified regarding which campsite we have been assigned to a the Yosemite Half Marathon?
You will check in with the camp host when you arrive and will then choose your campsite.
Will there be photos of the Yosemite Half Marathon?
Yes, Lucid Images will be the official race photographer and pictures will be available on the Friday after the race.
The Yosemite Half Marathon is cup-free and bag-free, what does that mean?
In an effort to protect the environment and limit runner's impact as much as possible this event will not use cups or bags for swag. Runners are asked to bring their own bottles to rehydrate and bags to carry their bib and race numbers.
Is the Yosemite Half Marathon in Yosemite National Park?
No, this race is not actually held in Yosemite National Park it operates a few miles south of the National Park but it gives great views over the region and of Bass Lake.
Is there a cut-off time for the Yosemite Half Marathon?
Yes, but it is 4 hours which should give runners plenty of time to finish the course (~18 minutes per mile).
Will there be a gear check at the Yosemite Half Marathon?
There will be gear check at the start line that will be brought to the finish line for pick up.
When will we be notified regarding which campsite we have been assigned to a the Yosemite Half Marathon?
You will check in with the camp host when you arrive and will then choose your campsite.
Will there be photos of the Yosemite Half Marathon?
Yes, Lucid Images will be the official race photographer and pictures will be available on the Friday after the race. The Yosemite Half Marathon is cup-free and bag-free,
what does that mean?
In an effort to protect the environment and limit runner's impact as much as possible this event will not use cups or bags for swag. Runners are asked to bring their own bottles to rehydrate and bags to carry their bib and race numbers.
Is the Yosemite Half Marathon in Yosemite National Park?
No, this race is not actually held in Yosemite National Park it operates a few miles south of the National Park but it gives great views over the region and of Bass Lake.
Is there a cut-off time for the Yosemite Half Marathon?
Yes, but it is 4 hours which should give runners plenty of time to finish the course (~18 minutes per mile).
What if I want to change heats at the Yosemite Half Marathon?
Please try to avoid switching heats, but this will not be policed so if you really want to switch then you may do so.

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