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Race Day

RACE DAY: May 13, 2017

Race Day Logistics

TWO HEATS
We’ll be doing two heats for this race with two different start times. The first heat will start the race at 6:00am and the second will start at 7:30am.

Each runner was assigned a heat based on their projected finish time, which we asked for when you registered for the race. If you weren’t assigned a wave, you were placed in the second heat. You can look up your wave here. The following waves have been assigned to the following heats:

**THE HUNTER WAVE HAS BEEN MOVED TO HEAT 1**

What if I want to be in the other heat? We’ve planned our shuttles and event parking around having about half of our runners in each heat. That being said, we will not be policing the heats, so if you really need to switch heats you can. You don’t need to notify us, but please consider all other options before switching heats. If you are competing for an overall or masters award you must be in the first heat since those awards are based on gun time.

Why are there two heats? We love the Yosemite Half Marathon course, but logistically it’s hard to get the amount of runners we have to the start line. Having two heats and two start times will not only allow us to get runners to the start faster, but also prevent congestion at the parking lots.

PARKING AND SHUTTLES
Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 3.12.11 PMWe will have two parking and shuttle pickup areas for runners, which you can see in the map to the left (you can click the map to make it bigger). Runners in the first heat will park at Oakhurst Elementary and be shuttled from there to the start line. The parking lot will open at 3:45am and the last shuttle will depart at 4:30am.

Runners in the second heat will park further down High School Rd at a few different churches (see map to the left) and be shuttled from there to the start line. The parking lot will open at 5:00am and the last shuttle will depart at 5:45am.

SPECTATORS
2017-04-18For spectators, primary parking will be Tom Tuso’s lot. The parking lot will open at 6am and shuttles to the finish line will start at 8am. You can also try to find day-use parking at Recreation Point near the finish line, but these spots are extremely limited. Your best option will be to park at Tom Tuso’s lot and take a shuttle.

If you have a runner in the first heat who may finish before the shuttles start, your best bet will be to try and find day use parking at Recreation Point near the finish line.

DOGS AND STROLLERS – Strollers are not allowed on this course, but spectators can bring them onto the shuttles to the finish line. Please be considerate of others and bring smaller, collapsible strollers if possible. Dogs are also not allowed on this course, and are not allowed on the shuttles.

POST-RACE SHUTTLES – Shuttles will depart from the finish line back to the parking areas in Oakhurst as well as the spectator lots.

Schedule Breakdown

FIRST HEAT
3:45 AM – Parking lots open for runners.
4:30 AM – Last shuttle leaves to start line.
5:30 AM – Last call for race day bib pick up.
5:45 AM – Runners line up/ last call for gear check.
5:50 AM – National Anthem
6:00 AM – Race starts!

SECOND HEAT
5:00 AM – Parking lots open for runners.
5:45 AM – Last shuttle leaves to start line.
7:00 AM – Last call for race day bib pick up.
7:15 AM – Runners line up/ last call for gear check.
7:20 AM – National Anthem
7:30 AM – Race starts!

SPECTATORS
6:00 AM – Parking lots open for spectators.
8:00 AM – Shuttles begin taking spectators to the finish line.

ALL RUNNERS
10:15 AM – Award Ceremony
10:45 AM – Mile 10 cutoff. All runners must be at or past mile 10 to finish the race.
11:30 – All runners must be finished with the race.

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