Get ready for the Oakland Running Festival, happening this weekend

23 Mar

Living in Oakland, with our beautiful weather most of the year, I often see people jogging through the neighborhoods. But for the past couple of weeks, especially considering that most days have been rainy and cold, I’ve seen more runners than usual. I see them running down my street, insanely running up Frisbie (which is a super steep hill that I don’t even like to walk up if I’m in heels), running through downtown Oakland, and, of course, running around Lake Merritt.

Why are they braving the rain and cold to run? My guess is many of them are preparing for the Oakland Running Festival, which takes place this weekend. Last year I sadly missed the festival, but I heard from runners and spectators that it was incredible so this year I’m not going to miss it.

Events will be happening all weekend, starting Saturday morning, but the main event – the marathon and half marathon – takes place on Sunday morning. Weather reports say the rain is supposed to let up by then so hopefully it will be a crisp, sunny morning.

Don’t want to head to downtown Oakland for the start or end of the races? Chances are you don’t have to because the full marathon goes through many Oakland neighborhoods. Here’s the route map, with the marathon in red and the half marathon in purple, (click on the image for a readable PDF).

If you’re not going to be watching the marathon or need to get somewhere on Sunday morning, you should check out the street closure map that Lohnes & Wright created so you don’t get stuck.

And if you need some inspiration or want to reminisce about last year’s running festival, check out this roundup of blog posts V Smoothe wrote last year. Or, watch this brief video Oaktown Art created of last year’s 5K kick off race:

Hope to see you Sunday along the route!


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