- A 12.4 mile race that boasts a long history and a loyal following
- Tradition of the Mammoth Lakes area
- Attracts some of the country's best runners
Overview: Held each September, the annual Tioga Pass Run is a 12.4 mile race that boasts a long history and a loyal following. First run in 1980, the location for this race is on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, at the gateway to Yosemite National Park.
When: An annual September event
Where: Tioga Pass
Fees: Entry Fees vary. Free for the public to watch
Details: The major challenge of this race is the "one hill" mentioned in the race's tag line, which reads "12.4 miles, only one hill". As runners make their way along one of the region's most breathtaking scenic byways - beginning the race in the town of Lee Vining, California - they climb from an elevation of about 6,700 feet to the finish line located at Yosemite's Tioga Pass Entrance Station, which boasts an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet!
Registration fees for the race are minimal and proceeds from the Tioga Pass Run benefit a local charity or organization. The event also features raffles, refreshments, and lots of camaraderie.