BASS LAKE – Get ready for a busy weekend in the mountain area as thousands of runners take on the inaugural Yosemite Half Marathon around Bass Lake on Saturday, Oct. 10. from 7 – 10:30 a.m.
The event is produced by Vacation Races, bringing enthusiastic athletes for a weekend full of running, dining, and exploring the gateway communities. 30% of the runners have never been to the area before, say organizers; the race sold out early on after opening for registration about nine months ago.
“During the hours of the race there will be about 2,000 runners coming down Beasore Road and crossing onto Road 274 from Beasore Road to The Pines Village, where the road will be closed,” according to the plan.
The race starts about ten miles up Beasore from 274 and, after crossing through the Village, continues onto North Shore Road at the lake.
North Shore Road will be open but will have heavy runner traffic from The Pines Resort to Recreation Point campground, say organizers. Traffic will continue to operate, and drivers can expect serious delays. Event coordinators request that, if at all possible, residents and visitors should avoid vehicle traffic during these hours.
“We are so grateful to the communities that allow us to put on these events. Without their cooperation it just wouldn’t be possible,” said Director of Race Operations Lyle Anderson. “The town of Bass Lake and the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau have been so helpful and supportive, we really appreciate being allowed to run in the community.”
Vacation Races operates this activity under a U.S. Forest Service special use permit with the Sierra National Forest. For information on the race including event schedule, parking and shuttles, and other details see below.
About Vacation Races
Producing half-marathons against the backdrop of the country’s majestic national parks, Vacation Races says they are motivated by a vision of promoting health, natural beauty, well being and creating memories.
Founded in 2012, and currently providing the only national park races in the country, the company’s foray into racing events initially focused on three different regional parks: Zion, Rocky Mountain and Lake Powell.
Now expanding nationally, Vacation Races operates races in Zion, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Great Smoky Mountains, Lake Powell and, for the first time, the Yosemite area. For more information on Vacation Races, visit their website.