RACE GUIDE October 10, 2015
HALF MARATHON WEEKEND WELCOME TO YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK EVENT SCHEDULE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Race Day Schedule
The Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Parking & Shuttles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Other Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Race Check List
Spectator Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Timing Specifics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Post Race Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Race Demographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
AREA INFO Restaurants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Half Dome Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Nevada Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Yosemite Trifecta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Yosemite 125th Anniversary . . . . . . . . . . 21
Yosemite National Park . . . . . . . . . . . .
CONNECT ONLINE (SOCIAL MEDIA) . . . . . . . . . 25 MEET THE TEAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MERCHANDISE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 EVENT SPONSORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK! 2015 commemorates the 125th anniversary of the establishment of Yosemite National Park! We are honored to be a part of the celebration and we couldn’t be more excited to be here for this inaugural event. We’ve been wanting to find a course here since the company was founded almost three years ago. Some of us have been visiting Yosemite since childhood, and for some of us this is our first trip. We’re thrilled to be here with you! John Muir, who lived in Yosemite for a time and played a critical role in it becoming a National Park in 1890, put it better than we ever could. “Yosemite Park is a place of rest, a refuge from the roar and dust and weary, nervous, wasting work of the lowlands, in which one gains the advantages of both solitude and society. Nowhere will you find more company of a soothing peace-be-still kind. Your animal fellow beings, so seldom regarded in civilization, and every rock-brow and mountain, stream, and lake, and every plant soon come to be regarded as brothers; even one learns to like the storms and clouds and tireless winds. This one noble park is big enough and rich enough for a whole life of study and aesthetic enjoyment. It is good for everybody, no matter how benumbed with care, encrusted with a mail of business habits like a tree with bark. None can escape its charms. Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree.” Yosemite has so much to offer, from wildlife, to the giant sequoia groves, and (of course) Yosemite Valley. When you visit Yosemite Valley it’s hard not to be amazed by how symmetrical it all is. How perfectly designed it all is. It wasn’t designed by man. It was created by nature. Each formation has it’s own unique beauty, yet they all work together to form this unbelievably beautiful valley - the whole truly is greater than the sum of its magnificent parts. “But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its wall seems to glow with life.” - John Muir We hope you have an amazing, adventurous time this weekend! Happy exploring!
Salem, Dehn, Lyle, Cherie, Megan S, Robin, Megan W 3
October 9-10, 2015
FRIDAY 10 am
6 pm Race Expo ENDS
RACE EXPO & PACKET PICKUP
7 pm Packet pickup CLOSES*
RACE EXPO The expo will be held at Recreation Point Campground (40073 Rd 222, Bass Lake, CA). The expo will be small, but we will have some fun events and vendors. You can pick up your bib and gear, but plan to stay and check out our awesome vendors! The expo will close and vendors will leave at 6:00pm but bibs will be available until 7:00 PM (you can also get your bib race morning at the start line). BRING YOUR OWN BAG When you pick up your packet at the expo this year, we’re encouraging you to Bring Your Own Bag! To keep in line with our tradition of waste elimination and conservation of the land, we’re going completely bag-less at the expo this year! If you would like to purchase a reusable, foldable bag, we’ll have them available at our merch store. PARKING There will be no parking or runner drop-off at the start line. All parking will be in the High School parking lot in Oakhurst, on a lot in Bass Lake, and at Rec Point in Bass Lake. Runners will then be shuttled to the start. **More parking information on page 8.
SATURDAY AM 5
4:30 Begin loading shuttles at pickup locations 5:00 Last shuttle leaves 5:45 First prize raffle (every five minutes)
7:00 RACE STARTS • ALL DIVISIONS 6:30 Last prize raffle / last 9:45 call for bib pickup Awards ceremony 6:45 Runners line up / last call for gear check 6:55 National anthem
COURSE This race is an OPEN COURSE around Bass Lake. It shouldnâ€™t be too crowded since it is towards the end of the race, but there will be cars on the road as well as runners. The course will be well marked, but it is your responsibility to stay to the left when running against traffic and also to be courteous and mindful of cars and other runners. DO NOT step off the course into traffic or you will be disqualified. We want you to stay safe. AID STATIONS We will have aid stations near miles 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 12. All aid stations will have bathrooms, water + Nuun, and Honey Stinger energy gels. Mile 7 and 11 will also have oranges and bananas. There will be basic first aid needs at each aid station, but the EMT will be at Mile 7.
plan on using the gear check - it will be much colder at the starting line than it will be down at the lake. There will be no warming tent at the start (though we will have hot chocolate and coffee). Avoid putting valuables in your bag.
Gear check bags will be available at the finish line as soon as the first person finishes.
ELEVATION (ft) You can see the elevation map on the left. The course is a fast downhill course. Because of that, the slight ups and downs of the rolling road around Bass Lake the last 3 miles will feel much more exaggerated.
CLOTHING ON COURSE We will have a clothing bin to dump items in at mile 3. Anything else found along the course will be treated as trash. Clothing dropped off at mile 3 wonâ€™t be picked up until the last runner has passed mile 3 - so you may have to wait for your clothing.
TIMING All masters and overall awards will be based on GUN TIME. If you plan to compete for these top spots you will need to line up at the front of the line. All age divisions and team awards will be based on CHIP TIME. If you are standing towards the back, it may be a few minutes before you cross the start line. Your time does not officially start until you cross the starting line (unless you are competing for an overall top finisher spot), so please be courteous to others as we start the race.
ABSOLUTELY NO LITTERING TIME LIMIT All runners will have 3.5 hours to finish the race. That is a 16 minute mile - plenty of time for walkers! If at anytime we deem it unsafe and need to pull a runner off the course we would hope for understanding and immediate cooperation. Failure to comply will result in being banned from future events. We will do our best to leave the finish line open to accommodate everyone.
If you will be walking, please start towards the back to avoid congestion at the start. PACERS Pacers will line up at the start line around 6:45 am. There will be a pacer pacing the race in 10 minute intervals starting at a 1h40m pace up to 2h30m. We will also have a 2h45m, 3h, and 3h30m pacer. Please seat yourself near the time you expect to finish.
RECOVERY BOX At the finish line we will have a Recovery Box (full of recovery snacks), bananas, and chocolate milk (as well as water and Nuun hydration). Please help yourself to one box, chocolate milk, and banana per runner.
GEAR CHECK You will be given a Gear Check bag at the starting line if you wish. It will be a white garbage bag that you can fill with anything you want transported to the finish line. There will be permanent markers you can use to write your name and bib number. Bring a warm coat and
In an attempt to reduce waste, we will provide a place to trade/leave any unwanted snack items.
= 1 RUNNER
+ 1 BOX
+ 1 MILK
PARKING & SHUTTLES We will have plenty of parking to accommodate all of our runners. There will be no parking at the start line. All parking will be at one of our three shuttle pickup locations.
LOCATION 1 Yosemite High School 50200 High School Rd Oakhurst, CA 93644
LOCATION 2 Corner of Rd 222 & Rd 274 40679 Rd 274 Bass Lake, CA 93604
LOCATION 3 Recreation Point Campground 40073 Rd 222 Bass Lake, CA 93604
If you are staying in Oakhurst, you should park here and take the shuttle. There is room for roughly 700 vehicles.
If you are staying in the park or in Bass Lake you should park here and take the shuttle. There is room for roughly 200 vehicles.
This is the same spot as the finish line. If you are staying in Bass Lake or south of Bass Lake then you should park here and take the shuttle. There is room for roughly 300 vehicles in the surrounding day use areas.
*guests at The Pines will have a designated shuttle leaving from the resort. Runners will then be shuttled to the start line. Shuttles will load and leave from 4:30 - 5:00 am. After the race starts, buses will run to and from the finish line to shuttle spectators. They will also be running after the race to transport runners back to their vehicles at the high school and the lot in Bass Lake.
THERE IS NO PARKING OR RUNNER DROP-OFF AT THE START LINE If you miss your shuttle, you miss your race!
OTHER INFORMATION Spectators and runners are welcome around the finish line to cheer on runners. There is parking for spectators at the finish line. There will also be shuttles taking runners back to their cars at the high school or at the lot in Bass Lake.
Vacation Races operates this activity under a U.S. Forest Service special use permit with the Sierra National Forest.
The awards ceremony will take place at the stage just east of the finish line towards the lake and will begin at 9:45 AM.
Special thanks to our friends at the U.S. Forest Service for their help and cooperation and for all they do daily to take care of our nation’s wilderness!
If you checked gear at the start of the race, you will be able to pick it up just past the finish line in the runner area.
SPECTATORS Unfortunately, this course is not very “spectator friendly”. Because of the significant amount of road control, spectators are not allowed on Beasore Drive and anywhere around Bass Lake will cause too much traffic and congestion.
Lucid Images (our event photographers) will have a designated spot in the finish line staging area to take photos of runners. These photos are separate from those they will take of runners crossing the finish line and will be made available FOR FREE!
Spectators are encouraged to be at the finish line to cheer on all our runners. All spectators should park in designated parking at the finish line (Recreation Point Campground). If you are within walking distance of the finish line feel free to walk over. We want you to be there to cheer on your runner, but please recognize that the runner area is for runners only! Please do not enter the runner area or partake of runner’s food and recovery supplies.
The finish line will have restrooms and water as well as a recovery food box, chocolate milk, and bananas for runners. There will be water at the finish line, but no cups. Please use your Hydrapouch or water bottle to fill up at the finish line. If you weren’t able to make it to the expo we will be selling merchandise at the finish line! We will have our merchandise as well as some awesome shirts from Meridian Line!
COURSE RECORD Our course record holders receive a FREE RACE ENTRY every year that their time remains the course record! Since this is our inaugural race, we do not yet have a course record. It is anyone’s game.
RACE DAY CHECK LIST PRE-RACE
TRAIN Directions to hotel/campsite Directions to race expo Directions to race start/finish Photo ID Valid Military ID (if you registered with a Military Discount) Study the race course
Bib and timing chip Cup Free Hydration (Hydrapouch, hand held, water bottle, pack, etc.) Running Shoes Socks Sunglasses Hat/Visor Recovery plan Enjoy the park!
Indicates if you are Military Your bib number
Your race shirt size
Team name (if applicable) Turn this in at the start line race morning. We will have a raffle from 5:45-6:30 am.
Indicates if you requested a Hydrapouch when registering.
Unfortunately, this course is not very “spectator friendly”. Because of the significant amount of road control, spectators are not allowed on Beasore Drive and anywhere around Bass Lake will cause too much traffic and congestion. Spectators are encouraged to be at the finish line to cheer on all our runners. All spectators should park in designated parking at the finish line (Recreation Point Campground) OR at one of the shuttle locations (either Yosemite High School or the lot in Bass Lake). Shuttles will be taking spectators to the finish line periodically after the race starts. If you are within walking distance of the finish line feel free to walk over.
Shuttles will be running back and forth from the finish line to the High School and the lot in Bass Lake once the race starts to transport spectators and runners to and from the finish line. We want you to be there to cheer on your runner, but please recognize that the runner area is for runners only! Please do not enter the runner area or partake of runner’s food and recovery supplies.
CUP-FREE RACING Having our races so close to the National Parks, unnecessary waste and trash is something we are strongly against. We are dedicated to maintaining a clean race and preserving the beauty of the area we run in. There is nothing that will ruin a view more than seeing a piece a trash in plain view from a breathtaking landscape.
One of the most important things in a half marathon is ensuring that aid stations are plentiful and efficient. Hydration will make or break a race. What we do is offer a Hydrapouch for every runner that indicated they wanted one as part of their registration. Other options include running with a water bottle, fuel belt, camelbak or other hydration backpack, etc. Every runner prefers something different. Just make sure you have some way to stay hydrated!
There will be water at the finish line but no cups!
At some places, the water will be hooked up to a system like the one pictured on the left. Each of these pipes will provide water from the several speed valves we have attached. Feel free to practice at the expo! The aid station will have a few cups in case of an emergency, do not plan on using them. Also, under no circumstances should you put your head under the valve to get a drink. Not only does this waste water, it is pretty inconsiderate of other runners.
Although we don’t have cups on the course, we have plenty of aid stations with water and Nuun! At all aid stations we will have BLUE COOLERS WITH WATER and RED COOLERS WITH NUUN (ELECTROLYTE DRINK). Both will have the same speed valves attached. So at each aid station you will have your choice of water or Nuun.
There will be water at the finish line, but no cups. Please use your Hydrapouch or water bottle to fill up at the finish line.
• All masters and overall awards will be based on gun time. If you plan to compete for these top spots you will need to line up at the front of the line. All age divisions and team awards will be based on chip time. If you are standing towards the back, it may be a few minutes before you cross the start line. Your time does not officially start until you cross the starting line (unless you are competing for an overall top finisher spot), so please be courteous to others as we start the race.
BEFORE THE RACE • Your timing chip will be on the back of
your bib. • You don’t have to do anything. The bib chip looks like a sticker on the back of your bib. • NO CHIP = NO TIME! AFTER THE RACE • The bib chip is disposable and can be thrown
away or left on your bib for you to cherish always.
POST RACE INFO The awards ceremony will take place at the stage just east of the finish line towards the lake and will begin at 9:45 AM. See location map on page 8.
LOST & FOUND
Results will be available later the morning of the race. We will post them on Facebook and also send them in a post-race email the day or two after the race. They will also be available on our website.
• There is no official lost & found. If we find
lost items we will hold onto them and you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
• There will be gear check at the start line. If you checked gear at the start of the race, you • There will be a bin to dump extra clothing will be able to pick it up just past the finish at mile 3. Anything found littered on the line in the runner area. course elsewhere will be considered trash and either thrown away or donated. RACE RESULTS
All runners will receive a finisher 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 age group and the top 3 teams will also receive a place medal. If you qualify for a place medal but are not present at the awards ceremony to receive it we will happily ship it to you. Go to our website and request your medal and pay the cost of shipping (about $8).
The medical tent at the finish line is for athletes only; family members are not allowed. Overcrowding in the medical tent prevents medical staff from doing their job. For information on an athlete receiving medical attention please wait outside the tent for updates. POST-RACE SURVEY
Within a week of race day we will be sending out a post-race survey. We would really appreciate it if you took the 5-10 minutes to complete the survey for us. The survey provides us with information that allows us to better work with the local community and gain more support for future races, but more importantly it provides us with valuable insight into what we are doing well and what we need to improve. We love our runners and couldn’t improve our race series without your feedback. Please watch for the email.
“A man on foot will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles”
RACE PHOTOGRAPHY FROM LUCID IMAGES
Lucid Images will be taking photos at the start line, on the course, and at the finish line. They will be at the expo so be sure to stop by and say hello! To be sure you can find your picture later, wear your bib with the numbers clearly visible at all times. If the photographers cannot identify you by your bib then your photo will end up in an â€œunidentified runnerâ€? folder on their website.
Photos are usually available on Lucid Images website the Wednesday or Thursday following the race. We will send out an email to notify all runners and post it on Facebook
I n addition to photos of runners on the course and crossing the finish line, Lucid Images will have a designated area near the awards ceremony stage where runners can pose for a finisher photo. This photo will be made available FOR FREE to runners! PHOTOS ON COURSE
As a heads up to runners, there will be signs on the course to let runners know they are coming up on photographers. Ya know, just in case you wanted to freshen up your makeup or pick up the pace or otherwise pose for the photo :)
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COURSE RECORDS Our course record holders receive a FREE RACE ENTRY every year that their time remains the course record! Since this is our inaugural race, we do not yet have a course record. It is anybody’s game!
Bass Lake, Oakhurst, and Yosemite
Ducey’s on the Lake is offering a 10% discount to runners.
The Forks Resort is offering $1 off burgers and breakfast.
Overlooking beautiful Bass Lake near Yosemite National Park is Ducey’s Restaurant, one of Central California’s most respected dining establishments. Reflecting the warmth and style of a refined mountain lodge restaurant, Ducey’s on the Lake has a long and decorated history.
The Forks Resort, located on Bass Lake, has built a reputation as a traditional family vacation spot. Family owned and operated for three generations, The Forks has provided quality and consistency year after year to their customers.
Spectacular views from the 120-seat dining room are matched by the cuisine - delicious steaks, seafood and pasta, along with a diverse menu of flavorful dishes made with fresh, California-grown ingredients - an upscale steakhouse setting that’s perfect for families and special occasions. Ducey’s on the Lake 39255 Marina Dr Bass Lake, CA 93604 Phone 559-642-3131 http://www.basslake. com/dining.aspx
The Forks Restaurant, home of the famous “Forks Burger”, offers the finest in family dining. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring homemade soups, chili and dressings, served in the original “50’s Diner” setting. The Forks Resort 39150 Road 222 Bass Lake, CA 93604 Phone: 559-642-3737 http://www. theforksresort.com/
Tenaya Lodge features five seasonal dining venues that reflect California’s bountiful culinary scene. Offering stylish regional cuisine under the direction of awardwinning Executive Chef Frederick Clabaugh CEC. Whether you’re looking for fine dining at Embers, a more casual night with family and friends at the Sierra Restaurant or fun at Jackalope’s Bar & Grill, you can enjoy it all at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. Tenaya Lodge 1122 Highway 41 Fish Camp, CA 93623 Phone: 888-514-2167 http://www.tenayalodge. com/dine.aspx
Yosemite National Park
CLUB & TRIFECTA POINTS CHALLENGES FOR THE ELITE AMONG US
Half Dome Club Nevada Club Yosemite Trifecta To encourage our runners to get our and enjoy the park, we have race hikes and a Trifecta challenge. Our club hikes are a salute to the hardcore among us. We want to reward anyone who completes a designated club hike after the race. All runners that complete a Club Hike will receive 50% OFF next yearâ€™s race entry, and completing the Trifecta grants 20% OFF next yearâ€™s entry. Any runner who sends us a picture of themselves at the summit of Half Dome or Nevada Falls within 72 hours of the end of the race which includes: 1) A clear view of your face 2) Your bib with bib numbers clearly visible 3) Your finisher medal in plain view The same rules apply for the Trifecta (one picture for each of the three activities). Following the 2015 Yosemite Half Marathon, we will post a link to the website where runners can send us their photos and names. Good luck!
Half Dome Club HALF DOME - The hike to Half Dome is easily the most iconic
hike in the park. But since 2012 hikers are required to have a permit to hike. The permit application period is closed, but if you still want to try your luck there are a few permits set aside for daily lotteries. The daily lotteries will have an application period two days prior to the hiking date with a notification late that night. (So, to hike on Saturday, you would apply on Thursday and receive an email notification of results late on Thursday night. Results will also be available online, or by phone the next morning.) The application period will be from midnight to 1 pm Pacific time. There are a few different trails that lead to Half Dome, but the shortest and most popular is via the Mist Trail. The route via the John Muir trail is 1.5 miles longer roundtrip but is a little easier on the knees. Both trails meet up at the top of Nevada Fall. The closest parking spot is the trailhead parking lot past Curry Village. If the trailhead lot is full you can park at Curry Village. Difficulty: Extreme Total Mileage: 14.5 (via Mist Trail) Type of Hike: Out and Back Elevation Gain: 4,800 ft Time Required: 10-14 hrs
*Hikers can get injured or even die on these hikes, largely due to not fully appreciating their dangers. Please take these hikes seriously, and do not act irresponsibly if you decide to attempt the hike. It is not intended to be accessible to everyone. Make sure you are in condition to complete the hiks and take necessary precautions (bring lots of water, plan campsite if necessary, bring food, donâ€™t gattempt hike in bad weather, donâ€™t travel alone, etc.). Please consult the NPS site for permit information and to plan your hike.
Nevada Club NEVADA FALL - Nevada Fall is at the top of the Mist Trail. This is Yosemite’s signature hike. While many of Yosemite’s trails are popular due to having a single spectacular destination, the Mist Trail has fabulous views scattered all along it, beginning at the bridge overlook, progressing to two unforgettable waterfalls that fall a combined total of more than 900 feet (270 meters), and ending with perhaps the most striking of all: the view of Nevada Fall, Liberty Cap, and the back of Half Dome from the Muir Trail return segment. We recommend you go up the Mist Trail and then take the John Muir trail back down for some different views. The trail will then join back into the Mist Trail towards the bottom. Difficulty: Strenuous Total Mileage: 7 miles roundtrip Type of Hike: Out and Back Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft Time Required: ~5 hrs **due to the drought and the time of year, waterfalls will likely not be as majestic as usual. EXAMPLE PHOTO After the race there will be a submission form online where you can upload your photo(s) and send them to us. We have a hard cutoff of 72 hours! If you don’t get it to us before Tuesday at 11 AM (MST) then we will only give you a virtual hi-five. This picture is from Angels Landing for our Zion race and is an example of what yours should look like (for both the Clubs AND the Trifecta). CLUB & TRIFECTA SUBMISSION FORM www.yosemitehalfmarathon.com/club-and-trifectablog/
TRIFECTA The YOSEMITE TRIFECTA is comprised of 3 different activities. You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. Same rules as the Club Hikes apply: take your picture at each of the 3 with your bib and finisher medal and send them to us 72 hours after finishing the race. The Trifecta is meant to be challenging, but less strenuous. These are iconic activities inside the park that should be experienced, but are doable with children. The 3 activities that makeup the Trifecta are:
GIANT SEQUOIAS We want you to see a Giant Sequoia! There are a few places where you can accomplish this: Nelder Grove (technically outside of Yosemite National Park in Sierra National Forest), Merced Grove (the smallest of Yosemite’s three Giant Sequoia groves), and Tuolumne Grove (The grove contains a couple dozen mature Giant Sequoias, including one you can walk through).
LOWER YOSEMITE FALLS Part of North America’s tallest waterfall, Lower Yosemite Falls is the final 320-foot (98-meter) drop. This short, easy walk rewards with spectacular views of both Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls. This paved loop trail offers different vantage points of Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Creek, and you can stop at the many exhibits to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the area.
GLACIER POINT an overlook with an INCREDIBLE view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite’s high country. From the Glacier Point parking and tour unloading area, a short, paved, wheelchair-accessible trail takes you to an exhilarating (some might say unnerving) point 3,214 feet above Curry Village, on the floor of Yosemite Valley.
Following the 2015 Yosemite Half Marathon, we will post a link to the website where runners can send us their photos and names. Good luck! CLUB / TRIFECTA SUBMISSION FORM http://www.yosemitehalfmarathon.com/club-and-trifectablog/ 20
Yosemite National Park is commemorating its 125th Anniversary this year.
On October 1, 1980, President Benjamin Harrison signed the legislation creating Yosemite as the nationâ€™s third National Park. The establishment of Yosemite National Park preserved over 1,500 square miles of land including Tuolumne Meadows, the parkâ€™s high country, Hetch Hetchy and lands surrounding Yosemite Valley. In 2016, Yosemite National Park will commemorate the National Park Service Centennial by connecting with and creating the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates.
$30 (valid for 7 days) $15 (valid for 7 days) $80 (grants entrance to every National Park in the country)
Seniors over 62 can purchase a lifetime pass for just $10. Active members of the U.S. Military are eligible for a free pass as well as U.S. citizens with permanent disabilities.
Private Vehicle: Per Person: Annual Pass:
All visitors are required to purchase a pass in order to enter Yosemite National Park. Park shuttles will be running.
Tamarack Flat mpground d Big Oak Flat Road
Shuttle Route / Stop
4409 ft I343m
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Shuttle Route / Stop
Dewey Point 7385 ft 2250 m
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El Capitan Bridge
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7569 ft 2307 m
Self-guiding Nature Trail
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To Glacier Pt. Road 1.7 mi / 2.7 km
7779 ft 237I m
El Capitan Picnic Area
Horsetail Fall (spring only)
Lower Yosemite Fall
Upper Yosemite Fall
Taft Point 7503 ft 2287 m
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7038 ft 2145 m
(Closed in winter)
Sentinel Dome 8I22 ft 2476 m
4 . 8 mi
2.9 Yosemite Point 6936 ft 2II4 m
Glacier Point Road
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Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
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Liberty Cap 7076 ft 2I57 m
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Mt. Broderick 6706 ft 2044 m
8836 ft 2693 m
Snow Creek Falls
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Nature Center at Happy Isles
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Road open ONLY to bicycles and cars with wheelchair emblem placards
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We will be making a slideshow video using all the pictures YOU post! Be sure to follow us and use the official race hash tag #yosemitehalf. We will be giving out prizes from our store (t-shirts and other merchandise) to the best photos featuring:
• Pictures Of The Course • Race Prep • Race Recovery • Enjoying The Park • And Much More!
PRIVACY SETTINGS - If your privacy settings restrict who can see your posts, then we will be unable to see them, even if you use the race hash tag. If we can’t see the posts then they will not be considered for prizes or included in post race celebrations. If your settings restrict who can see them, it is likely a deliberate choice and we completely understand and respect that. Just FYI.
MEET THE VR TEAM SALEM STANLEY Founder
Salem Stanley is the President and Founder of Vacation Races. He loves the personal growth that comes from athletics and physical challenges. He also is in love with National Parks. He received a BA in Business from Southern Virginia University where he was an All-American track athlete. He recently graduated with an MBA from BYU.
DEHN CRAIG Customer Experience - Marketing
Dehn ran track in high school and was the high school hurdle coach while still a student. After working in video production and getting an Engineering degree followed by an MBA (where he and Salem met), Dehn has finally found a home as our Marketing and Creative Director. He loves exploring the national parks with his beautiful wife and four Junior Rangers.
LYLE ANDERSON Race Operations
Lyle was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis on his 30th birthday and was told that in 5 to 10 years he could be in a wheelchair. Lyle, now 37, has ran 9 Marathons, about 43 – 1/2 Marathons and has completed 8 – 1/2 Iron Man distance races and 2 – full distance Iron Man events. One of them being the Iron Man World Championship in 2013 in Kona, HI.
CHERIE SANTIAGO Customer Service
Cherie may live in Southern Utah but her soul still lives in Southern California where she grew up surfing and sailing in the sun. She can be spotted running or biking around the trails or biking through Zion National Park to find more trails to run on. Cherie has been working with us on our race crew since our inaugural run in Zion. You can’t spell customer service with out CS!
MEGAN WHEELER Sponsorship and Expo
Megan began swimming at the age of 5. At the age of 16, Megan’s swimming career was cut short just before she attended Olympic Trials. Megan went on to swim at University of Southern California for two years before transferring to Eastern Washington University and graduating with a degree in Recreation Management. Even after Megan’s fourth shoulder surgery her passion for athletics has only grown, and she still enjoys a number of challenging activities including running, triathlons, and exploring the outdoors around the world.
MEGAN STANLEY Merchandise
Megan has been running since middle school and ran track and cross country in high school and college. She studied Physical Education and Recreation Administration at SVU and went on to coach high school cross country and track. She loves the outdoors and staying active with her family.
ROBIN RODGERS Communications
Robin is an Army Brat who graduated from BYU with a degree in Communications. She’s a recreational runner and a recent fan of half-marathons.
SO LD A & F T RAC INI SH E EXP LIN O E
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