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*NEW DATE* 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
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 21.097km
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  3. 5k

    Run 5km
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  4. We Run the Town Challenge

    Run 26km
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  5. Team Relay

    Run 42.195km
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  6. Kids Fun Run

    Run 1km
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Oakland Running Festival routes

Set in the heart of Oakland this awesome running festival captures the vibrant spirit of the city in its hella wild after-party. It is widely accepted as one of the top running events in the Bay Area and has a strong reputation for being well-organized.

Marathon: Min. 16 years old

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: Min. 14 years old

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

Half Marathon: Min. 14 years old

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.

5K: No age Restriction

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.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Event themed t-shirt
  • Race bib & number
  • Happy Hour at the race expo
  • Free Drake's beer
  • Official race photography
  • Clearly marked and marshalled course
  • Aid stations & refreshments
  • Distance marked
Raceday Logistics


Bag drop opens

7:00AM: Full Marathon and Team Relay

7:30AM: 5K

9:30AM: Half Marathon

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the schedules race start time in order to ensure there is plenty of time to drop your bag and warm up.

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 and are asked that those bags be clear in color. Your race bib will have a bag check receipt for identification. Please not that no oversized luggage will be handled. 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 the organizer 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.


Spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on their family friends as they tackle this challenge. The festival settings makes for an incredible atmosphere and plenty of entertainment.


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.

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

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.

Please 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]).

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age limit?
Yes, details of which can be found below: Marathon - Aged 16+ on race day. Half Marathon - Aged 14+ on race day. Team Relay - Aged 14+ on race day. 5K - no restrictions
Are there cut-off times?
Marathon runners must be able to complete the race in 7 hours, Half Marathon runners must complete the race in 5 hours.
Can someone else pick up my race pack?
Yes, if this is the case please get in touch with [email protected] Please not the following: - No race packs or t-shirts will be mailed out either before of after the event - There will be no race pack collection in the morning
When is race pack collection for the Oakland Running Festival?
Racers should pick up their race pack from Kaiser Permanente Health and Fitness Expo located in the Oakland Marriott City Center on Saturday, March 21st from 9AM to 4PM.

Meet the organiser

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Corrigan Sports Enterprises (CSE) was established in 1991 with the goal of creating, managing and implementing sports and event marketing opportunities for the corporate community. In that time, CSE has grown into one of the strongest marketing organizations in the area. The addition of the Oakland (Ca.) Running Festival and the partnership with the IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association)not only enhanced CSE’s already impressive resume but has expanded CSE nationwide.



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