Running in the Parks | Half Marathons | General Questions

Why can’t we run in the park?

The National Park Service states its mission as:

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

The preservation of the parks are their first and foremost concern. While there are some instances where the parks have opened themselves up to a race within the actual park, it can be unpredictable. We will continue to work with the park system and when they do open up the parks, we will be the first in line to launch a running event.

Why Half Marathons?

Two reasons

1. Half marathons have experienced a surge in popularity over the past decade. It is currently the second most popular running distance in America.

2. Running then hiking. Our races take place near national parks. It is challenging to tackle a half marathon with little or no training, where many people can run a 5k or a 10k with minimal training. However, the shorter distance(compared to a full marathon) means you can recover quickly. You can run Saturday morning and by Sunday morning many runners are up for a hike. We want to encourage our runners to make a vacation out of this event and enjoy the park.

As we continue with our race series

we will explore additional distances in order to serve our runners. If we find there in interest in a marathon, we may consider adding one in addition to the half.

What time does the race start?

We’re doing to heats for this race. The first heat starts at 6:00 am and the second heat starts at 7:30 am.

Will there be shuttles to the starting line? Back from the finish line?

There will be shuttles to the start line leaving from TBD locations in Oakhurst and Bass Lake.

How long do I have to finish the race? Can I walk?

Runners have 4 hours to finish the race. That’s a 18 minute mile, so walkers are welcome!

Are strollers allowed on the course?

Due to the nature of this course, strollers will not be allowed. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Are dogs allowed on the course?

Unfortunately, no. They are a liability that our insurance does not cover. Also all runners and spectators must take shuttles to the start and finish line, so dogs cannot come to the finish unless you are camping at Recreation Point. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Where should I stay during my visit?

There are several lodging options in the area. For specifics, visit our “Travel Info” page. If that isn’t helpful, anywhere in Bass Lake or Oakhurst is a good option.

Can we register as a team?

Absolutely you can! For details visit our “Team Registration” page.

How do I get a refund?

We have an excellent refund policy with additional options for transfer and deferment. Learn how to get your refund here.

Who gets a medal?

Place medals will be given to the top 5 male and female runners overall as well as the Masters 40+ group. Additionally, the top 5 in each of the following age groups will also receive a place medal.

11 and younger
75 and older

There will be finisher medals for everyone who finishes the race.

What do the medals look like?

Making beautiful and high-quality medals is one of our priorities. As soon as we have everything finalized we’ll update our blog and let runners know via email.

If I do the Club Hike AND the Yosemite Trifecta Challenge, do I get 70% off my next race?

Nope. You’ll just get the 50% discount. But you WILL get major props from us for being so hardcore.