April 26

2023 Yosemite Half Marathon Race Guide

Get the Race Guide

Get ready for a quick, breathtaking, and rewarding course at the Yosemite Half Marathon! We start off at xx feet in the Sierra National Forest among towering evergreen trees. Be sure to warm up because the elevation and shade make for a chilly start. Once you get moving and grooving, you'll quickly warm up and will find that the forest makes for perfect running conditions!

Race day is fast approaching and you want to be prepared. To help you coordinate travel logistics, we've put together a race guide to give you an idea of what to expect over race weekend.

For all of the race details, please check out the Race Guide and podcast. The podcast is an audio version of the race guide and provides the same great information in a fun, lively one-hour listen. Pop it on while you run errands, fold laundry, or whatever mundane task you need to spice up! The standard digital race guide will allow you to see where the expo is, where to park, etc. We recommend that you pay attention to these pages: 

Page 2: Race Expo + Bib Pick-up
Page 3: VR Campground
Page 4-5: Race Details
Page 5: Race Map + Elevation
Pages 6-7: Race Parking + Spectator Info
Page 9: Cup-free Policy

Charity Bibs

On race day, you may notice some people with different markings on their bib. If you look at the special indication area of the bib, you may see our Wander Project logo (a small teal circle in the top right corner), they are running as part of our Charity Bib Program.

Charity Bib athletes fundraise for their race registration. They have the option of fundraising for one of our official partners, or they can fundraise for a cause of their choice. It's a great way to add a little extra "oomph" to your running journey and it helps a wide variety of deserving causes.

To learn more about how to run with a Charity Bib or to support some of our existing athletes, visit this page!

Native History

Modern-day Yosemite was initially called Ahwahnee by the local Sierra Miwok tribe, which meant “large mouth”. They then called themselves Ah-wah-ne-chee or “dwellers of Ahwahnee”. However, surrounding tribes used the name Yohhe’meti or Yos.s.e’meti to refer to the Ahwahneechee, which translates to “those who kill”. 

After the Mariposa Battalion invaded in 1851, Yosemite became the recognized name still in use today.

Although the Mariposa Battalion drove them out, Ahwahneechee culture is still found within the valley. You can also visit a reconstructed village available within the National Park that represents Sierra Miwok life. Descendants of the valley’s inhabitants still live throughout the area.

About You!

  • For 39% of you, this will be your first half marathon
  • 42% of you have never been to Yosemite National Park - Welcome!
  • We have runners from 8 countries and 48 states!


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