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Lace up your shoes for this bayside running festival. These races are great for those looking for PRs or those simply wanting to take in the views from the Oakland Bay Bridge. Come down for the buzzing atmosphere with official cheer stations, DJs and live music at the post-race festival.

How to enter the Oakland Running Festival

  1. Marathon

    Run 42.195km
    $105
    Entry Closed
  2. Half Marathon

    Run 21.097km
    $75
    Entry Closed
  3. 5k

    Run 5km
    $35
    Entry Closed
  4. We Run the Town Challenge

    Run 26km
    $105
    Entry Closed
  5. Team Relay

    Run 42.195km
    $190
    Entry Closed

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Oakland Running Festival routes

Marathon:

The course will  closing on a continuous pace of 15:00 minutes per mile. Anyone who cannot maintain this pace must move to the sidewalks as the course closes to allow regular vehicular traffic to resume. Runners who have not reached the intersection of Mandela/24th St will be requested to move onto the sidewalk so roads can be reopened.  Those runners can receive SAG support to the finish line if they choose not to continue the race.

Team Relay Leg Breakdown

Leg 1. (7 miles): East Shore Park to 3rd & MLK
Leg 2. (8.2 miles): 3rd & MLK to Bay Bridge Turnaround
Leg 3. (5 miles): Bay Bridge Turnaround to Mandela Pkwy @ 32nd street
Leg 4. (6 miles): Mandela Pkwy @ 32 street to East Shore Park

Marathon Turn by Turn Directions:

Start at Lakeshore Ave @ Eastshore Park
Continue on Lakeshore Ave Which Becomes 1st Ave and Then Lake Merritt Blvd
Cross Over Lakeside Dr (Becomes 14th St)

Half Marathon:

The course will close after 4.5 hours. Anyone who cannot finish the race in this time must move to the sidewalks as the course closes to allow regular vehicular traffic to resume.

Half Marathon Turn by Turn Directions:

Start at Lakeshore Ave @ Eastshore Park
Continue on Lakeshore Ave Which Becomes 1st Ave and Then Lake Merritt Blvd

5k:

The 5K Race is open to participants of all ages and is the perfect way to be a part of the Oakland Running Festival celebration without miles of pre-race training or post-race recovery! The 5K will run through the city streets near starting and ending at Eastshore Park at Lakeshore & El Embarcadero. Participants will use the same start and finish line as the marathon and half-marathon.

5k Turn by Turn Directions:

Start at Lakeshore Ave @ Eastshore Park
Continue on Lakeshore Ave Which Becomes 1st Ave and Then Lake Merritt Blvd

Event Details

What’s Included

Included with your race fee will be:

    An event-themed t-shirt
    A race bib
    Access to the "Happy Hour" expo where they can enjoy free Drake's Beer
    Free race day photos
Raceday Logistics

Full Marathon and Team Relay

Start Line: Lakeshore Ave and El Embarcadero

Start Time: 7:00am

Half Marathon

Start Line: Lakeshore Ave and El Embarcadero

Start Time: 9:30am

5K

Start Line: Lakeshore Ave and El Embarcadero

Start Time: 7:30am

BAG CHECK INFORMATION

On Sunday, runners may check their gear at the Gear Check Area located in Eastshore Park along Lakeshore Ave. Gear check will be open from 6:00am until 1:00pm. All bags left after 1:00pm will be moved to the info tent. All bags not picked up from info by 2:00pm will be donated to charity.
You MUST provide your own bag. We ask that those bags be clear in color. Your race bib will have a bag check receipt for identification. We will not handle oversized luggage. Your bag will remain at Runner’s Gear Check Area at all times and will be available when you finish. Do not check valuables as we cannot be responsible for lost or stolen articles. You must have your bib to claim your items. Items not claimed will be donated to charity.

Volunteers

Over 1,000 volunteers are needed to make the Oakland Running Festival successful. Volunteer opportunities are available at the pre-race Health and Fitness Expo and on race day. All volunteers will receive an event t-shirt.

Below is the description of the volunteer positions.

PRE-RACE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Health and Fitness Expo

Friday, March 20, 2020

  • assist with runner distribution of bibs and shirts to runners
  • assist with runner registration

Saturday, March 21, 2020

  • assist with runner distribution of bibs and shirts to runners
  • assist with runner registration

RACE DAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Sunday, March 22, 2020

  • manage people flow
  • provide water
  • direct finishers appropriately
  • assist in recovery area (food/drink distribution)
  • medal presentation

Group Volunteer Opportunities: Please contact Geron Brooks ([email protected]) if you have a group interested in volunteering together.

NOTE: Water Stop volunteer opportunities are assigned to groups who commit to staffing the stop’s entire need. If your organization is interested in volunteering as a group at a water stop or in another capacity, please email Geron Brooks ([email protected]).

FAQs

Age Requirements:

  • Marathon: At least 16 years old
  • Half-Marathon: At least 14 years old
  • Team Relay: At least 14 years old
  • 5K: No age restrictions
  • Waiver must be signed – waiver at bottom of registration form (if participant is under 18 years old, parent or guardian must sign the release).
  • Entry fees are non-refundable (sorry, no exceptions)
  • No-shows will NOT be sent t-shirts
  • For your safety, the following are NOT permitted on the course: strollers, skates, hand-held radio/tape/CD players, pets
  • Race numbers and chips required for all races (no chips for Kids Fun Run)
  • The decisions of Race Director, Lee Corrigan and Assistant race Directors, Lena Zentgraf and Ryan Coelho are final in all matters
  • Marathon participants ONLY: you must be able to complete the course in seven (7) hours
  • Half-Marathon participants ONLY: you must be able to complete the course in five (5) hours
  • There is NO race day registration
  • You may defer your entry until next year’s race with a valid medical explanation; HOWEVER you will be charged a $25 processing fee.
  • Deadline to defer is March 10th

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Oakland Running Festival weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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50°F
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IconLight breeze possible, up to 8mph

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