Mission/Vision Statement

Running for a Better Oakland (RBO) strives to build a tolerant, healthy and prosperous community by empowering students, parents and volunteers, creating new relationships, trust, and self-esteem through the discipline and rigors of a structured running program.

Running for a Better Oakland (RBO) is a not-for-profit organization that encourages Kindergarten – 12th grade Oakland students to develop healthy lifestyles through running. By building confidence, setting goals, providing training and encouragement, RBO will give students the values for achievement and hard work that they can draw on for all areas of their lives.

The When and Where

RBO prepares program participants for the Oakland Running Festival half-marathon, and 5K distances during the spring season (January – March) and for the East Bay 510k (formerly Let's Go 510)  and Hella-Ween, both 5K distances during the fall season (September – October). Practices are held every Saturday morning at Lake Merritt, beside the historic Camron-Stanford house at the corner of 14th Street and Lakeside Drive, and once or twice throughout the week at participating schools.

Each program season culminates with the completion of the race the students and their family train for all season and a post-season  celebration!