Nearly 1,700 runners from 45 states, and four countries participated in the inaugural Yosemite Half-Marathon held Oct. 10 at Bass Lake.
Dehn Craig, director of marketing and customer experience for Vacation Races, an event company that produces half-marathon races centered around national parks, said 31% of the race participants were visiting the Yosemite/Bass Lake area for the first time.
The race started at 7 a.m., 10 miles up Beasore Road above Bass Lake. A fleet of shuttle buses, some starting at 4:45 a.m., transported the runners to the starting line from three separate locations in Oakhurst and Bass Lake.
After coming down Beasore Road, runners crossed Malum Ridge Road (274) to the Pines Village, and then ran west on North Shore Road (432), finishing at Recreation Point.
“We are so grateful to the community to allow us to put on this event,” Director of Race Operations Lyle Anderson said. “We had a lot of cooperation and support from the U.S. Forest Service, CHP, Madera County Sheriff’s Department, The Pines Resort, Bass Lake Water Sports, Miller’s Landing Resort, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, the National Park Service, Yosemite High cross country team, Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst, and Mariposa and Chawanakee school districts.”
A portion of proceeds from the race were donated to the National Park Foundation. Organizers say the race will return next year.
The fastest men’s time was 1:10:44, and the fastest women’s time was 1:21.51. Complete race results can be seen at http://goo.gl/3LF3ZN
Details: vacationraces.com/. See hashtag #yosemitehalf to see pictures of the race.