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The Yosemite Half Marathon is produced by Vacation Races as part of the National Park Half Marathon Series. Enjoy a fast scenic course through the Sierra National Forest just outside Yosemite National Park! Enjoy a peaceful 5 mile run through the trees, a fast 5 mile descent, and a beautiful … MORE
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    peakn95 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I ran this race for the second time. It was even better than I remembered it. The weather was beautiful and the course is amazing. There is a large downhill … MORE

    I ran this race for the second time. It was even better than I remembered it. The weather was beautiful and the course is amazing. There is a large downhill section which makes it appear easy. The challenge comes the last 3 miles when it is semi flat with a few small uphills. But after such a long downhill it can burn. Vacation Races are awesome. This is my 5th time running with them. They are my favorite race series.

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    mbhanson94 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first time doing a Vacation Race, and I traveled from Minnesota with three friends to attend. The face expo was small but well-organized and there was an … MORE

    This was my first time doing a Vacation Race, and I traveled from Minnesota with three friends to attend. The face expo was small but well-organized and there was an excellent selection of merchandise. The race shirts ran small, but we were able to exchange them for a larger size which was greatly appreciated.

    Race day weather was gorgeous, and, after a short wait, busing to the start went smoothly. The buses were tour buses versus school buses, so we traveled to the start line in high style. A gold star for having hot coffee available at the start. I didn’t have a chance to partake as we got to the start on the late side, but if I’d had to wait this would have been a huge bonus! There were plenty of porta potties located by the starting corral, but many were out of toilet paper, had been heavily used and were very dirty, and the doors didn’t latch. One of my friends accidentally got an eyeful when she opened the door on a male runner in the middle of his pre-race constitutional. ;o) I’m guessing that porta potty company availability is limited given the remote location of this race and you get what you get, but an area of opportunity if there are other options.

    The race had a rolling start, so runners started anywhere from 5:30 to 7:30 am. We had one very fast runner in our group, and the rest of us were scheduled to start about 90 mins later which would have meant that we would have needed to bus and start separately, as well as having her wait an hour or more at the finish. However, the race provided for runners to start in a different wave than they were assigned if they wanted, and that was a great perk as it meant we were all able carpool, start and finish together. In addition, the race was extremely walker friendly. There were people of all shapes, sizes and levels of physical ability participating, some of whom appeared to be walking the entire course which was great..nice to see such an inclusive race. The fellow who finished immediately ahead of me was using a cane…talk about a tough constitution and what a huge accomplishment!!

    As for the terrain, the first half of the course was breathtakingly beautiful. The footing was tricky though…the trail was wide but lots of rocks jutting up so you had to watch your step. In addition, much of the course was downhill, so you were bracing yourself for the majority of the race. If you didn’t train for technical terrain and hills, you’d pay the price. My IT band started to seize at mile 6 so I did alot of intermittent walk/running the second half of the race. We ran on the road the second half of the race, so the footing was much better but it was less scenic. I’ve never been more sore after a half marathon…I could hardly get in and out of a chair the next day, and every single muscle in my legs hurt. It took me three days to be able to walk without pain. My bad for not training more vigorously! :o(

    There were plenty of water stops along the way…every one had an ample supply of water and a energy gals. In addition, some offered an energy drink, as well as banana and orange slices. Race organizers had warned us the day before that they were short on medals due to a shipping issue, but they did their best to make it up to runners by offering Yosemite shot glasses, and then, when they ran out of those, shirt from the merchandise tent. They also gave all participants $50 off a future Vacation Race. In addition, they shipped the missing medals to finishers the following week. I’m sure it was disappointing to some to not get a medal at the end (like the fellow I mentioned above who knocked himself out to get it done), but they did the best they could given the circumstances. We were given bananas and boxes filled with a variety of cool snack items at the finish. Since the race finished at Bass Lake, I enjoyed a refreshing dip in the lake post race which felt great on my tired feet.

    Besides the porta potty situation mentioned at the start, the only other piece of constructive feedback I would have is about medical assistance. At mile 5 there was a woman who was very ill. Despite the fact that she was on her hands and knees vomiting about 30 feet from the water stop, none of the volunteers noticed or assisted her. When I asked the first volunteer to call for help, she told me there was an ambulance two miles down the road. I told them she was in no condition to continue on the course. They then referred me to another volunteer for help. When I approached him he demonstrated zero sense of urgency in calling for help. No emergency personnel passed me during the next two miles, so I stopped to inquire at the 7 mile water stop. There was a medical tent there, but no ambulance or medical support present, and no one knew where they had gone. I asked a volunteer to find out if anyone knew about the runner and if she’d been helped. This volunteer demonstrated concern, took the situation seriously and quickly followed up. Moving forward, volunteers need to pay attention to runner safety, have clear instructions how to access medical support, and demonstrate a sense of urgency when a runner needs assistance. There were ambulances at the finish, but I worry as to what would have happened if there had been an actual medical emergency on the course.

    Overall, this was a well-organized and very fun experience with a couple of areas of opportunity. Thanks to all the staff and volunteers who made it possible. I would definitely do another Vacation Race!

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    Nikki88 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Got in late Friday night so I missed bib pickup/race expo, luckily bib pickup was a breeze before the race. Arrived at shuttle pickup before 5am and we left pretty … MORE

    Got in late Friday night so I missed bib pickup/race expo, luckily bib pickup was a breeze before the race. Arrived at shuttle pickup before 5am and we left pretty promptly and made it to the start line by 5:30. Picked up my bib & reusable cup just in time for the National Anthem, hit up the porta potties & heard an announcement that the pace group I was interested in was about to start the race. Started my race just after 6am didn’t see the race pacers, but tried staying on pace using my watch. I trained solely on the road so the rocky terrain was a bit challenging at the beginning of the race & dodging walkers that weren’t on the right side of the road was a bit irritating. The downward descent was beautiful & I’m thankful I had my sunglasses for the early morning sun! Once I reached Bass Lake, I knew I had to kick it up a notch to reach the finish line at my desired goal. I don’t recommend T-Mobile, I had zero reception & couldn’t find my family for almost 2 hours after I finished my race! Overall it was a great experience & a beautiful, well organized race! Definitely doing this race again next year & my son is going to race it too! Thanks VR for an awesome, memorable 1st Half Marathon! Can’t wait for next year!

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    ruthdelwiche FIRST-TIMER '22

    Starts as a trail race which caught me unprepared. Water stations are good about every 2 miles. The scenery and the lakes helps you forget any struggle you may be … MORE

    Starts as a trail race which caught me unprepared. Water stations are good about every 2 miles. The scenery and the lakes helps you forget any struggle you may be having. It is mostly a downhill course with a few uphills … but worth the discomfort. The packet pickup was a bit confusing to get to for parking purposes. The medal and shirt are awesome.

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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I had a trip planned to visit Yosemite before I moved out of California in 2020 which I also had to cancel, so when I realized the Yosemite half was … MORE

    I had a trip planned to visit Yosemite before I moved out of California in 2020 which I also had to cancel, so when I realized the Yosemite half was the week after the OC half and I was already planning to spend a week in CA I decided to drive up for this race. This is produced by Vacation Races so you can expect a beautiful course and great production. The race takes place in Oakhurst which is a bit south of Yosemite and a 45 to 50 minute drive from Fresno. Fresno is the closest airport but you could also drive ~3 to 4 hours from LA, SF, Oakland or Sacramento if you wanted to fly into a bigger airport. Since I started in OC, I drove up from Southern California on Thursday. I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Oakhurst. I booked the hotel room as soon as possible and got a pretty good rate. I would highly recommend staying at either the Holiday Inn, Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn or one of the other hotels in the row there as this year they offered shuttle service from the hotel to the race which was very convenient. Packet pick-up is at Bass Lake and was about a 10 minute drive from the hotel. I was annoyed there was absolutely no parking at the expo. They did have drive through bib pick-up which was efficient and you didn’t need to park but I did not end up going to the expo because I would either have had to drive around looking for a parking spot or park about 1/2 mile away and walk and it didn’t seem worth it. Parking seems to be an issue in Oakhurst so I don’t know how to fix this but maybe having participants sign up for suggested time slots for the expo so not everyone comes at once. If you do really want to go the expo I would suggest going earlier in the day when less people are likely there. Packet included bib, a nice tech short sleeved shirt in a nice maroon color and the reusable hydroflask if you signed up for it. The start of the race is in a very remote area and you have to take a shuttle. There are suggested places to park to catch the shuttle. This year they also offered shuttles from the main hotels and said they plan to do it in the future. It was really easy. I just rolled out of bed, put on my running clothes and there was a shuttle. I did hear there was a delay in some of the later shuttles. It seems quite complicated to shuttle so many runners in such a small remote area so I’m not sure how much could be done to fix it. The shuttle was a nice bus not just a school bus. It was a long bus ride since the start is quite remote and took about 45 minutes. You start at higher altitude and quite early so it is cold at the start line but they have coffee and hot cocoa. Also lots of porta potties and water coolers and any pre-race needs. You are assigned a suggested wave but it is a rolling start. I’m the type of person who always worries about being late to a race so I got there quite a bit earlier than my expected start and decided to start earlier. The course was wide and since the start was rolling even though there were a mix of runners and walkers of different paces, it didn’t seem to be a problem. The first 5 miles are on a wide trail. It is not super technical but there are some rocks and bumps. You don’t need trail shoes or trail training but you do need to be careful with your footing. This part had some rolling hills. Nothing terrible though I did walk a bit hoping to save energy for the downhill. I think this was the prettiest part of the course and through beautiful forest. In terms of scenery it is important to set expectations. This is definitely more scenic than 90-95% of half marathons but not the most scenic vacation race. The race is quite a bit outside Yosemite and while there is beautiful forest views you don’t see the iconic water falls and granite cliffs of Yosemite. I thought the scenery was lovely but there wasn’t anything that took my breath away and made me stop and take pics like the Zion race I did last year. After the trail section there is about 5 miles and pretty steep downhill. I was hoping this would be really fast but I had a ton of issues on this section. I’ve been dealing with a foot injury so haven’t been able to do as much training and haven’t done hill training. Pounding the pavement hard on the downhill was causing pain in my foot. This is the first time I had pain in a race this month. Therefore I was not able to run at a very fast pace and had to take some walking intervals. This section is also quite pretty and had views of forests more in the distant. The final 3 miles are around Bass Lake. The scenery here is a bit mixed. The views of the lake are really nice. Some are just views of local businesses but this is the only place there are spectators so it makes it more fun. This section is tough. It is rolling hills. If you didn’t just do 5 miles of trail running followed by 5 miles of downhill it probably wouldn’t be as hard. Due to the pain in my foot I ended up walking most of this section which was a good call as my foot is feeling much better today. There were 6 aid stations on course. This is a cupless event. There are large self fill coolers with water and electrolyte drink. You can sign up to get a hydroflask collapsible cup. I used a handheld water bottle for water and the hydroflask for the electrolyte drink. There were also Honey stinger gels at every aid station and some fruit at a couple of them. There were also porta-potties. Along with foot issues I was also having GI issues. One minor complaint is the porta-potty lines were really long and I had to stop a couple times and lost about 5 minutes each time. There are no spectators for the first 10 miles which is completely understandable given how remote it is. But if you thrive on spectators or are hoping for a race a family member can see you multiple times this is not the race for you. The finish line though has lots of spectators, and an announcer calling your name. You get a beautiful medal. I think Vacation Races might have the best medals. They did run out of medals for the last finishers due to a shipment issue. They sent out an apology for this and gave Yosemite shot glasses and will mail them. I am glad I did receive my medal though. After the race you can also cool down in Bass Lake if you would like and you get a snack box and chocolate milk (I didn’t take the chocolate milk since I am lactose intolerant and already had an upset stomach). My finishing time was super slow. Like I said I was having multiple issues this race both with my foot and stomach. Even so vacation races are great races for a slow finisher time as they are very back of the pack friendly, there are a ton of other racers and I met members of some of my half marathon clubs and a slower race time means more time to take in the scenery. I did think this course was tougher than expected. It is advertised as a fast PR course. If you want to PR you definitely need to train specifically for this race with some trail training and lots of downhill training. It is definitely not so hard that you need to do specific training if you just want to enjoy the course only if you are looking for a fast time. After the race there are shuttles to take you back to the parking lot or hotel. The shuttle went to the parking lots first and the hotels last. It was easy to catch but did take about 30 to 45 minutes to get to the hotels so make sure you account for that if you are planning to leave Saturday. Overall this was a beautiful and well-organized race with a really nice shirt and beautiful medal. I will admit I personally didn’t love the course elevation profile. While the downhill could be fast having it in the middle of the course was a bit tricky as my usual race strategy is to take the middle easy to save energy for the last miles and the steep downhill hurt my foot. This is a race I am very glad I did once and got a chance to see Yosemite but it will probably be a one time race for me although if I lived closer I would come back. In terms of recommending it to 50 staters it would depend on your interests. If you are an outdoorsy person I would definitely recommend this one but if you are more of an urban person or want a race that is more convenient to travel to and near a bigger airport I would consider other options such as the beach city races or Pasadena all of which I also enjoyed and are easier to travel to.

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    M_Sohaskey May 10, 2022 at 7:42pm

    Glad you were able to enjoy the morning and that your foot didn't suffer any lingering aftereffects. Sounds like your week in California was a rousing success, so here's hoping… MORE

    Glad you were able to enjoy the morning and that your foot didn't suffer any lingering aftereffects. Sounds like your week in California was a rousing success, so here's hoping you can get back out here and do it again soon! LESS

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    EPand3 FIRST-TIMER '22

    My husband and I ran this race solely for the swag - we love Yosemite and loved the idea of enjoying a forest run with a great medal/shirt. The race … MORE

    My husband and I ran this race solely for the swag – we love Yosemite and loved the idea of enjoying a forest run with a great medal/shirt. The race was as expected, beautiful run through the forest. Elevation ended up being tough for me (I live at sea level) but I was never out of breath on the 5-6 miles of downhill mid-course. We didn’t go into the race to PR, we spent the prior 3 days doing challenging hikes in Yosemite Valley to enjoy the vacation portion of our trip, so we went into it with tired legs and a very relaxed attitude. We loved the casual start – if you weren’t racing to place you basically can just start once you hop off the shuttle bus and are ready to go.
    No need to wait for a certain heat or time or stand (and freeze!) in a corral.
    Very well orchestrated event, from the bib pick up/expo to the shuttle organization – considering 3,000 runners descended on a town with a population of 5,000. The only exception being a number of the shuttle bus drivers got lost and missed the turn on the way back to town after the event, for us that meant a 20 minute delay as there is no where for a charter bus to turn around on tiny mountain roads. This was the 8th year VR has had the race at this location and they seem to have most of the kinks worked out.

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    monson4223 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I love running Vacation Races, they are beautiful courses in beautiful parts of the country. The Yosemite race is outisde Yosemite and is not as beautiful as Yosemite with granite … MORE

    I love running Vacation Races, they are beautiful courses in beautiful parts of the country. The Yosemite race is outisde Yosemite and is not as beautiful as Yosemite with granite walls and waterfalls and sequoia trees. Everyone had to shuttle to the race. I stayed in Bass Lake and shuttled from Bass Lake. The shuttle was suppose to pick us up at 4:20, but ended up arriving at 5am. We got to the race on time, but if the shuttle wasn’t going to pick us up at 4:20 it would have been nice to have a better time estimate so I could have slept longer.

    It’s a nice run in the forest, down to Bass Lake, but there are many more races that have better scenery. The first five miles are on a dirt road that was pretty rocky, so watch your footing! Then there was a great downhill section and I had some fast times in this section which made up for the slower times on the road. Then once you get to Bass Lake it’s 3 miles to the finish. My husband parked about 1 mile away from the finish, which was the closest parking available, so we had a bit of a walk that back to the car. The spectator parking was not well marked in Bass Lake. There was no parking lot like noted in the race guide, not sure if they forgot to unlock the gate to access the dirt lot or what happened, but then all the spectators had to park on the side of the road which made parking difficult.

    It’s a nice race, but there are more scenic races and races with better parking. The course was fast and mostly downhill which was nice. Love the rolling start of the race and wish all their races did this.

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    brettw76 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first half-marathon and I wasn't sure what to expect. The overall experience was great! The check in was smooth and well ran. The staff, volunteers, and runners … MORE

    This was my first half-marathon and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The overall experience was great! The check in was smooth and well ran. The staff, volunteers, and runners where all friendly and pleasant to talk with. I enjoyed how the course was broken up dirt trail, a speedy/aggressive down hill and rolling hills to finish off. This course, in my opinion, is a test to your training. Solid foot landing, control on the down, and don’t skip your hill runs.
    I would say it was a well rounded course, with a beautiful back drop. I’m hooked! I’m looking forward to doing one or two of these Vacation Races events annually. The locations seem to offer more than just a great run with hiking and outdoor activities all near. Truly living up to the series name.

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    ksudela REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This race is “beginner friendly” with a supportive downhill trail that offers variety and beautiful views. On course support was great, as usual, with well marked mile markers, fresh fruit … MORE

    This race is “beginner friendly” with a supportive downhill trail that offers variety and beautiful views.
    On course support was great, as usual, with well marked mile markers, fresh fruit and supportive volunteer staff.
    Additional race day logistics are involved but well executed by Vacation Races.

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    50StateRunner50 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I might have rated this race a 5 if the shuttle logistics had ran more smoothly. They didn’t have adequate parking at the finish line, so all pre and post … MORE

    I might have rated this race a 5 if the shuttle logistics had ran more smoothly. They didn’t have adequate parking at the finish line, so all pre and post race transport was my shuttle buses for all runners. I had to show up at 4 am to shuttle to the start line but my bus didn’t pick us up after 5 am. Post race, the shuttle driver got lost and a 15 minute route took 90 minutes to get back to my car. That said, I’d like to discuss what I really liked about this race.

    The pre race temperature was in the low 50’s and it rose to the 60’s by the end of the race.

    Vacation Races does a good job providing Starting Line drinks including coffee and hot chocolate. The race started in rolling waves. The first 3 or so miles were downhill on dirt trails through mature forest. Following that, the course moved to paved roads and continued most downhill through mile 10. There were 3-4 noticeable climbs that broke up the descent.
    Miles 10-13 rolled significantly around the Shore of Bass Lake, where the race finished. The last 3 miles were a bit of a burn after the downhill pounding, as expected, over the first 10 miles.

    There were 6 aid stations which all
    Offered water & electrolytes & Stinger gel packs. Several stations also affected snacks and cut fruit. The volunteers and law enforcement officers were all supportive and very nice.

    The T- shirt was nice but very similar to the shirt (including color) that I received at Zion last month. The medal was nice as alway and feature a panoramic landscape picture of Yosemite.

    The course and scenery made for a memorable park of my weekend. If you can get to the Yosemite area, this is a memorable late spring run.

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    jbilley REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is my first vacation race and I really didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised with how well the race is organized. The course was not bad … MORE

    This is my first vacation race and I really didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised with how well the race is organized. The course was not bad but last 3 miles won’t flat as I thought. It was rolling hills with some traffic. But over all, I thought it was a fun race and my friends and I had a great time. I was little disappointed with Free disposal cups. I guess I marked it NO instead of yes…and the ladies won’t give me one. LOL…I thought it was little tacky. But the volunteers were amazing on the road and the finish!! Thank you!

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    runnerbee FIRST-TIMER '22

    Signed up for this race last year since I was planning a trip to the Yosemite National Park but it was sold out by early this year. This was my … MORE

    Signed up for this race last year since I was planning a trip to the Yosemite National Park but it was sold out by early this year. This was my first race with VR but the race always seemed to fall on mother’s day weekend annually.

    Bib Pickup: Held at the Recreation Point Campground in Bass Lake which was not easy to find; thought I got lost for a while due to the lack of cell reception in the area but turned out I wasn’t (ended up arriving at around 6:30pm before bib pickup closed at 7pm; the expo supposedly closed at 6pm, but there were still race merchandise available for purchase when I got there). Race fee included a technical t-shirt, an eco-friendly collapsible cup, and free photos (although I only saw two photographers on the course), overall a bit expensive considering it’s a half but understand they also have to cover costs for shuttle buses etc.

    Shuttle: This year they offered shuttle pickup/dropoff at the new Oakhurst hotels which I heard were built in the last year or so. I wish the organizers provided more information as to how often the shuttle buses were being dispatched (every 20 minutes or every hour)? I asked during bib pickup but the race crew weren’t sure. This would have saved us from waiting in the cold before race start, although this year it wasn’t that bad (around low 40s) but they did provide gear check to drop off your jackets before the race start so that helped. Hot chocolate and coffee were provided prior to race start as well.

    Course: First 5-6 miles were on rough dirt road as advertised. I got injured the week prior to race so I was extra careful in navigating through the uneven surface but saw a few runners almost tripped. Most of the more scenic views of the Sierra National Forest were during this section of the course which was unfortunate because I felt like I spent too much time watching my steps versus enjoying the scenery. The next 4-5 miles or so were on the notorious downhill paved road where in some cases we were running next to some abandoned logs of dead trees. The final 3 miles made up of small rolling hills which was tough especially after running downhill immediately prior. My watch recorded 0.7 miles more than the official marker but it could be due to me weaving through all the trail obstacles.

    Crowd Support: Some around Bass Lake in the last few miles but virtually none in the first ten miles or so which was understandable due to the remoteness of the earlier sections.

    Post-race goodies: Chocolate milk, banana, and some vegan snacks. For water you’d have to use that reusable cup you got from the start so the zero waste policy was taken very seriously. Got an email saying they were short on medals due to supply chain delay but luckily I was able to get one upon race finish.

    Final Thoughts: After race finish I had to ask around to find gear check as the whole setup was hidden behind the trees which I found odd, wouldn’t it be better to make it more visible for runners? While the production seemed solid overall, I wouldn’t do this race again considering it seemed to have been touted by most as a PR race yet almost half of the race was on a rough dirt trail, essentially negating the time saved from running downhill. Also, throughout the whole race the only timing maps were at the start and finish; I understand why they wouldn’t put one at the 5k mark due to the rough trail but felt they could have at least added a 10k one during the paved downhill section for official timing.

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    sarahgreen95 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first half marathon and it did not disappoint. The first section of the race was gorgeous, with rolling dirt roads and lovely scenery. The middle portion of … MORE

    This was my first half marathon and it did not disappoint. The first section of the race was gorgeous, with rolling dirt roads and lovely scenery. The middle portion of the race was 5 miles of straight downhill…not for the faint of heart! My legs were insanely exhausted by the time I hit mile 10, which definitely affected my pace.

    Overall, the race atmosphere was positive and volunteers were very helpful. My main complaint is that it really is not a spectator friendly course which was a bummer since I had family in town with me. The shuttle ride up the mountain prior to the start of the race was also quite nervewracking with sharp twists and turns!

    I would highly recommend this race for those who love the outdoors, being in nature, and are looking for a mental and physical challenge!

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    mettonmom FIRST-TIMER '22

    Very tough course. High altitude and uphill as well as down hill running. Train with hills!! Wear trail shoes and layers. It gets cold as well as hot!! MORE

    Very tough course. High altitude and uphill as well as down hill running. Train with hills!! Wear trail shoes and layers. It gets cold as well as hot!!

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    willowbeagle1 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I LOVE vacation races. Very organized. Beautiful locations. I am a walker and SLOW! The early start for walkers is amazing and let’s us slower folk participate in some tough … MORE

    I LOVE vacation races. Very organized. Beautiful locations. I am a walker and SLOW! The early start for walkers is amazing and let’s us slower folk participate in some tough and beautiful races we might not be able to otherwise! Love the walker wave!

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    anu.gadwal FIRST-TIMER '22

    Unless you are 100% sure you can finish and will not twist an ankle or something do not do this race. Thought I would hurt myself at mile 7 and … MORE

    Unless you are 100% sure you can finish and will not twist an ankle or something do not do this race. Thought I would hurt myself at mile 7 and was told they could not help and that there probably were no rides or ambulances coming. Am now injured which is not surprising when I ended up having to walk another Three miles. The sweeps tried their best to aid the 8 people who could not finish. One person even had a panic attack that is how lacking the aid was.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    liznunez909 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This half marathon was one of my favorites. The view and of course it made it easy most of it is all down hill. weather is perfect during this time … MORE

    This half marathon was one of my favorites. The view and of course it made it easy most of it is all down hill. weather is perfect during this time in May and just so many people from all over the world go it was the most fun runs I have done

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    VikaV FIRST-TIMER '21

    This course is relatively easy and the best part is the finish line at Bass Lake so you can enjoy nice refreshing dip in the water after your half-marathon. Very … MORE

    This course is relatively easy and the best part is the finish line at Bass Lake so you can enjoy nice refreshing dip in the water after your half-marathon. Very well organized race and perfect vacation as always with Vacation Races.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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    cfconwayiii FIRST-TIMER '21

    Very fast down hill course with great views. Vacation races always puts on a outstanding event with great staff and volunteers. It should have been a PR for me but … MORE

    Very fast down hill course with great views. Vacation races always puts on a outstanding event with great staff and volunteers. It should have been a PR for me but I was car sick the day before and still dealing with the after effects. Swag is great as always at VR.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    sharon FIRST-TIMER '21

    I think letting a slow runners go 1st was amazing the buses were on time embers hanging around everything I think we needed some heat lamps that was be possible … MORE

    I think letting a slow runners go 1st was amazing the buses were on time embers hanging around everything I think we needed some heat lamps that was be possible because it was so cold in the morning but everybody braved the cold in the hot Cocoa and coffee the bathrooms were great and it’s a really put together race the community o Bass Lake Party afterward the race was great too especially Southgate put an amazing party on After the rac s

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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