Shadow of the Giants 50K

-- Yosemite Sierra Visitors BureauMay 29, 2013 

The 24th Annual Shadow of the Giants 50K trail run is set for June 8.

Started by Baz Hawley, an avid trail runner for decades, in 1990, the race takes place just outside Yosemite.

"My 50K course takes you through Nelder Grove where the 3,000 plus year-old Giant Sequoias live, always a big attraction every year," said Hawley.

Hawley decided to combine his love of running and his love the area to create a race that would be an annual event for ultra-distance runners from California and beyond.

"I started the event when running my B&B in Fish Camp back in 1990, back then I was a 100 mile a week ultra-runner," he said. "I trained in the mountains all the time and because I already was a race director in Southern California I decided to plan a 50K event here."

He said that the proximity to Yosemite Park as well as numerous other area attractions in the region has been a big draw that has brought thousands of runners to the area over the years.

For those who don't feel up to tackling a 50K race, Hawley has a series of shorter distance races scheduled for this summer.

"I started a shorter race series four years ago above Oakhurst as I wanted to attract Central Valley runners to the magic trails," Hawley said. "This year the three-race series starts June 29 with a 14K race starting off Sierra Sky Ranch Road."

Details: bigbaztrailraces.com.

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