Yosemite Half Marathon Review

What a day!

It was a course highlighted by towering pines, river and lake views, and fast downhills. Perfect race day weather, plus an opportunity to cross the finish line in my new hometown lake, with my family at the finish line. It was my most memorable race yet!

But what made this day even more special was something far less obvious. A year ago, the Yosemite Half was my “goal race” for 2020. When I started my running journey in October 2019, this was the race. The race I thought about when I envisioned crossing the finish line of my very first half marathon. The race I was training for, day in and day out.

But in March 2020, everything changed. Like thousands of other races across the country (and world), COVID erased the 2020 Yosemite Half. I remember feeling helpless and straight up pissed off. I spent months training for a race that wouldn’t happen. Not a great feeling.

So when I hit the starting line of the 2021 Yosemite Half, I felt all the excitement of the past 1.5 years of training and anticipation…and all of the pent up emotion of a tumultuous COVID year.

When I registered for the 2020 Yosemite Half, I remember picking my goal time: 2:30. Finish in 2:30 and run as much as you can. So when I crossed the finish line of the 2021 race in under 2 hours, I surprised even myself!

So much has changed over the past year, but running has always been my constant. And that is something I will be forever grateful for. I can’t wait to run the Yosemite Half next year. This will be my new hometown half, I can feel it!

Thank you, Vacation Races, for putting on such an incredible race. See you in Bryce!!!

Quick Facts

  • 1:55 overall time – 9 minute PR

  • My third half marathon of 2021

  • My fourth half marathon ever (first was in September 2020)

  • Final race before the Bryce Canyon Ultras – my first 50K is in less than 2 weeks!