Oakland Running Festival

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Come along to the 14th annual Oakland Running Festival! Chase your next PR or simply take in the scenic views offered by each course. Enjoy the buzzing atmosphere with official cheer stations, DJs and live music at the post-race festival.
Marathon, 10k, 5k, and 3 more
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7:00am Thu 19th Oct 2023 - 12:00pm Thu 19th Oct 2023
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Oakland, United States
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Where and when
Snow Park, Harrison St & 19th St, Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
Start times
7:00am Thu 19th Oct 2023
7:00am |
9:00am Thu 19th Oct 2023
Half Marathon:
7:30am Thu 19th Oct 2023
7:30am |
We Run the Town Challenge:
12:00pm Thu 19th Oct 2023
Kids Fun Run:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Oakland Running Festival
Route information
Set in the heart of Oakland this awesome running festival captures the vibrant spirit of the city in it 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.
The Marathon course will closing on a continuous pace of 16:00 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.
The Half Marathon course will close after 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.
There is now a new 10k distance at this event! The 10k start line will be at Snow Park- Harrison at 20th St, and the finish line will be at Snow Park- 19th St.
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.
The We Run the Town Challenge is for those looking for a little more than the average race. Those entering this challenge will run the 5k at 7:30am and then again in the Half Marathon at 9am to earn a special bib, an extra medal, and a reason to say We Run the Town.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • 2 tickets for a free beer
  • Healthy snacks
  • Official race photography
  • Clearly marked and marshalled course
  • Aid stations & refreshments
  • Distance marked course
  • Bag check
How to get there
Snow Park, Harrison St & 19th St, Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
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By Car
Take exit 41A/41B off the I-880 to reach the event.
There will be plenty of parking lots within walking distance of the event.
Road Closures
Road closures listed below are from last years race and subject to change.
  • (N/B=northbound, E/B=eastbound, S/B=southbound, W/B=westbound)
  • The following streets will be closed in both directions:
  • Grand Ave between Harrison and Bellevue Ave (5 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)
  • Broadway (S/B only) between 20th St and 45th St (7 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • 7th Street (E/B only) Mandela Parkway to MLK Jr Way (7 a.m.-11 a.m.)
  • Telegraph Avenue between 14th and 20th streets (8 a.m.- 2 p.m.)
  • MLK Jr Way (S/B only) between 7th and 20th (6 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)
  • Lake Merritt Blvd between 1st Ave/Oak and 19th St (5 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
  • El Embarcadero from Grand to Lakeshore avenues (5 a.m. - 10 a.m)
  • 42nd St from Broadway to San Pablo Ave (7a.m - 12 p.m)
  • Harrison St from 19th to 20th St (5a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • 19th St from Lakeside to Harrison (5a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Partial road closures in direction noted:
  • Lakeshore Ave (S/B) between MacArthur and E 14th St (5 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.)
  • International Ave (W/B) between 1st Ave and 6th Ave (5 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.)
  • Washington Street (S/B) from 10th St to 3rd (7:00 to 11 a.m.)
  • 3rd Street (W/B) between Webster and Brush (8:30 to 1 p.m.)
  • MLK Jr Way (S/B) from 7th St to 20th St (7:30a.m.-11:30a.m.)
  • 20th Street from MLK Jr Way to Broadway (7:00 to 10 a.m.)
  • 10th Street (W/B) from 6th Avenue to Harrison (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
  • Telegraph at 42nd St (7 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
  • 14th St (W/B) from Broadway to Oak (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
5k and Half Marathon partial road closures in direction noted:
  • Lakeside Drive between 1st Ave to Oak St (5am to 9:30 a.m.) – 5k only
Event day logistics
4pm to 7pm Drake’s Happy Hour Packet Pickup at Snow Park
10am to 7pm Packet Pickup at Kaiser Permanente Health and Fitness Expo
6am Bag check opens
7am Marathon and 10k start
7:30am 5k starts
8am to 1pm Celebration Village Party
9:00am Half Marathon Starts
9:15am 5k Award Ceremony
11:30am Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k Award Ceremony
12:00pm Kids Run runners meet in the Fun Zone
1pm Bag check closes
2:00pm Marathon cut-off
2:30pm Half Marathon cut-off
Start Line
Marathon runners should position themselves at the sign closest to their estimated finish time when arriving at the start line.
Age Requirements
All entrants must be the following ages to enter each race:
  • Marathon - 16 and older
  • Half Marathon - 14 and older
  • 10k - 14 and older
  • 5k- All ages
  • We Run the Town Challenge - 14 and older
Cut-off Times
There will be cut-off times in place for the Half Marathon and Marathon races. Half Marathon runners must be able to complete the course in 5 hours, and Marathon runners must complete the course in 7 hours.
Race Packs
There will not be any registration on the day of the event.
Wheelchair Entrants
Those in a wheelchair are more than welcome to enter the event, as onsite registration areas, bathrooms, and the course are all wheelchair accessible.
There will be a few curbs to go up/down as well as a slight uphill finish to be aware of.
The wheelchair division of the race starts a few minutes before the main race.
Aid Stations
There will be 14 aid stations for the Marathon course, which will have water and gatorade (lemon-lime flavor).
Bag Check
Bag check will be available in Snow Park towards Harrison St, and will be open from 6am - 1pm. After 1pm, all bags will be moved to the info tent and anything not collected by 2pm will be donated to charity.
There will be pace groups for the Marathon event only at the following times:
  • 3:05
  • 3:10
  • 3:15
  • 3:25
  • 3:30
  • 3:40
  • 3:45
  • 3:55
  • 4:00
  • 4:10
  • 4:25
  • 4:40
  • 5:00
Packet Pick-up
Packets can be picked up on both the Friday and Saturday of the event at the following locations and times.
  • Friday 4pm-7pm from Drake's Brewing Company at Snow Park.
  • Saturday 10am-4pm from the Health and Fitness Expo at Snow Park.
Please remember to bring a copy of your bib number email (printed or on a smart device) and a photo ID.
Spectator Info
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.
Is there an age limit for the Oakland Running Festival?
Yes, Marathon runners must be 16+, Half Marathon, 10k, and We Run the Town runners must be 14+, and 5k runners can be any age.
Are there cut-off times for the Oakland Running Festival?
Marathon runners must be able to complete the race in 7 hours, Half Marathon runners must complete the race in 5 hours.
What do I need to collect my race pack for the Oakland Running Festival?
You will need to bring a copy of your bib number email (printed or on a smart device) and a photo ID.
What items are not permitted at the Oakland Running Festival?
Pets, skateboards, bicycles, roller blades, baby joggers, and any other vehicles are not permitted at the event.
Can I wear headphones at the Oakland Running Festival?
While strongly discouraged, the use of headphones is permitted.
2 reviews
Did the race in 2022
This was my first running race and it made me excited for the next one! It wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be and I also had more fun than I thought I would. Looking forward to signing up for a longer distance next time!
Did the race in 2022
I enjoyed it! The only thing that threw me off was that I wasn't informed about where and when I would have to get my number. Overall great community and race!
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