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Your complete race guide to the Inaugural Yosemite Half Marathon, with details on: event schedule, course info, park tips, ads, etc. The Yosemite Half is our seventh in a series of eight half marathons that take place near the National Parks.

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  • 1RACE GUIDEOctober 10, 2015

  • WELCOME TO YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARKEVENT SCHEDULE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Expo Info Race Day ScheduleRACE INFORMATION The Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Parking & Shuttles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Other Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Race Check List Bib Info Spectator Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Cup-Free Info Timing Specifics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Post Race Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Race Demographics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15AREA INFO Restaurants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Half Dome Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Nevada Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Yosemite Trifecta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Yosemite 125th Anniversary . . . . . . . . . . 21 Yosemite National Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22CONNECT ONLINE (SOCIAL MEDIA) . . . . . . . . . 25MEET THE TEAM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26MERCHANDISE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27EVENT SPONSORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    HALF MARATHON WEEKENDYosemite

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  • 2015 commemorates the 125th anniversary of the establishment of Yosemite National Park! We are honored to be a part of the celebration and we couldnt be more excited to be here for this inaugural event. Weve 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. Were 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 its hard not to be amazed by how symmetrical it all is. How perfectly designed it all is. It wasnt designed by man. It was created by nature. Each formation has its 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

    Welcome toYOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK!

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  • 510 am

    SATURDAY AM

    FRIDAY

    6 76:53

    Sunrise 10

    6 pm 7 pm

    4:30Begin loading shuttles at pickup locations

    5:00Last shuttle leaves

    5:45First prize raffle(every five minutes)

    6:30Last prize raffle / last call for bib pickup

    6:45Runners line up / last call for gear check

    6:55National anthem

    9:45Awards ceremony

    Race Expo ENDS

    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, were encouraging you to Bring Your Own Bag! To keep in line with our tradition of waste elimination and conservation of the land, were going completely bag-less at the expo this year! If you would like to purchase a reusable, foldable bag, well 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.

    RACE EXPO & PACKET PICKUP

    7:00 RACE STARTS ALL DIVISIONS

    EVENT SCHEDULEOctober 9-10, 2015

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  • RACE INFORMATIONThe Course

    FT

    MILES

    ELEVATION START ELEV MAX ELEV GAIN6,916 FT 6,916 FT 190 FT

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  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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 wont be picked up until the last runner has passed mile 3 - so you may have to wait for your clothing.

    ABSOLUTELY NO LITTERINGTIME 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.

    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.In an attempt to reduce waste, we will provide a place to trade/leave any unwanted snack items.

    COURSE This race is an OPEN COURSE around Bass Lake. It shouldnt 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.

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    1 RUNNER 1 BOX 1 BANANA 1 MILK

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  • PARKING & SHUTTLESWe 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.

    *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 LINEIf you miss your shuttle, you miss your race!

    LOCATION 1Yosemite High School50200 High School RdOakhurst, CA 93644

    LOCATION 2Corner of Rd 222& Rd 27440679 Rd 274Bass Lake, CA 93604

    LOCATION 3Recreation Point Campground40073 Rd 222Bass Lake, CA 93604

    If you are staying in Oakhurst, y

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