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Whether you're running in the race or just coming for the after parties at places like South Gate Brewing Company, a great time is guaranteed for all! We'll see you at the lake!

Get Ready for the Yosemite Half Marathon at Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — The race itself may be sold out, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t come out to Bass Lake to cheer on your favorite athletes as they compete in the 8th Annual Yosemite Half Marathon. And let’s not forget about the awesome after-party at South Gate Brewing Company, where the chefs will be cooking up some delicious BBQ & smoked meats outside. Inside seating and regular menu will be available as well.

Image of the South Gate Brewing Company logo.Date & Time: Race starts at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

So join us at the lake for the 8th annual Yosemite Half Marathon by Vacation Races, part of the National Park Half Marathons series. This is a gorgeous course through the Sierra National Forest just outside Yosemite National Park!

Image of burgers and beer at South Gate Brewing Company.The first five miles are a peaceful run through the trees followed by a fast five-mile downhill. Runners will finish it off strong with three beautiful miles around Bass Lake. In May, the lake is full and the waterfalls are pumping so there is truly no better time to visit.

Note: The Yosemite Half Marathon does not take place inside National Park boundaries. The course runs through the Sierra National Forest in Bass Lake, CA, just south of Yosemite National Park. Most of the pre- and post-race activities will be held in Bass Lake and nearby Oakhurst, CA.

Spectator Information

Image of the Yosemite Half Marathon logo. Unfortunately, this is not a very spectator-friendly course. Because of the significant amount of road control, spectators are not allowed anywhere around Bass Lake. Spectators are encouraged to be at the finish line to cheer on all our runners. They can park in designated parking near the finish line (Day-use Areas along Road 222), or the same parking lots the runners use in Oakhurst and be shuttled back and forth.

Please see the race guide for more information: 2023 Yosemite Half Race Guide (PDF)

Top 10 Tips for Competing in a Marathon
  1. Train consistently: Make sure to follow a well-designed training plan that gradually increases your mileage and intensity over time. Consistency is key to building endurance and avoiding injuries.
  2. Image of a man running in a marathon.Fuel properly: Make sure to eat a balanced diet with plenty of carbohydrates to fuel your runs. During the marathon, consider using energy gels or sports drinks to maintain your energy levels.
  3. Hydrate: Proper hydration is essential for peak performance. Drink water regularly before, during, and after the marathon.
  4. Get enough rest: Getting enough sleep is crucial to help your body recover from the physical stress of training and competition. Make sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
  5. Pace yourself: Don’t start too fast and burn out early. Try to maintain a steady pace throughout the race, and save some energy for the final miles.
  6. Dress appropriately: Wear comfortable and breathable clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions. Don’t try anything new on race day, stick to what you’ve trained in.
  7. Image of runners in a marathon. Prepare mentally: Stay focused and positive throughout the race. Use visualization techniques to visualize yourself crossing the finish line.
  8. Listen to your body: Pay attention to any signs of fatigue, pain, or injury. Don’t push yourself too hard and risk injury.
  9. Have a plan: Plan ahead for things like pacing, fueling, and hydration. Having a plan can help you stay focused and confident during the race.
  10. Enjoy the experience: Running a marathon is a significant achievement. Enjoy the journey and take in the sights and sounds along the way. Celebrate your accomplishment when you cross the finish line.
Check out this fun video of last year’s Yosemite Half Marathon! 

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