3/18/2017 - Busy Practice: be ready!

Oiselle Donation Event for all our RBO female students.

RBO is very excited to welcome Oiselle founder, Sally Bergesen and her business partner Sarah Lesko, who are flying from Seattle to meet the RBO Community and offer great apparels to our RBO gals.

Please plan to stay after practice and meet Sally and Sarah in the Camron-Stanford House for a short presentation and the distribution of the donation.



Learn more about Oiselle:

Oiselle is a for-women, by women athletic apparel company based in Seattle, Washington. We believe in the transformative power of sport and physical movement. Sally Bergesen founded Oiselle (www.oiselle.com) in 2007 during her search for "non-poofy" running shorts, and has grown the company with a mission to make great product, improve the sport, and build the sisterhood. Sarah Lesko, a Family Physician, joined forces with Sally in 2010 as her running buddy and is now Oiselle lead on shenanigans and philanthropy. Oiselle is thrilled to kick off our "GOT Bras" program--short for "Girls On Track"--with Running for a Better Oakland. Our goal is to give away at least 2,000 sports bras this year, to support girls aged 9-17 as they stay active through the changes of adolescence. 

Longest Run for RBO Half Marathon Students

in the company of Verity Breen!

This week goal is to run 10 to 11 miles! Yes, you read it right!

To make sure you are in great spirit for this long run, RBO invited Verity Breen!

Verity comes to us with an impressive athletic background. Her life is all about running and... traveling and when I asked her to send her bio she sweated more in front of her laptop than she does running a marathon! She is an Aussie and she speaks really fast - as fast as she runs: get some caffeine before you come to practice to make sure you can follow her. She is planning to run the 4 laps around the lake with RBO Half Marathon Students and tell a few funny stories as they go.

Check out her story at the end of the page.

I was going to remind you of all the great tips we talked about over the last 10 weeks but I'll keep it for next week - You have enough to read here.....

Details of the run

  • Lap1: Counterclockwise
  • Lap2: Clockwise
  • Lap3: Counterclockwise
  • Lap4: Clockwise
    • 10 miles: Turn aroundHarrison and GrandBridge
    • 11 miles : Turn around past Fairyland at the Gazebo.

5K Older Students

No loop around the lake for you this week!

I know you are disappointed as you might not pass by fairyland nor by the birds sanctuary this Saturday, but you'll get a chance to see these again in a couple of weeks when you run the race.

This week, depending on your readiness, Jeff will have you run 2.5 to 4 miles, running counter clockwise first from the House and

  • getting to the columns(2.5 miles), or

  • to the nature center(3 miles) or

  • to fairyland(4 miles)

  • and coming back from there.

Don't forget to high five your teammates as you cross them on the trail!

Gals, don't forget to stop by the house after checking out to  meet the Oiselle Team!

5K - Younger Students

How far can you go? How fast can you get there? 

Run to the bench, run to the water station, run to the light, run, run, run! Walking is not as much fun!

Gals, consider stopping  by the house after checking out to  meet the Oiselle Team!


!!!!Monday, March 20!!!!

Still missing confirmation from 70 students!

Last call: if I don't hear from you, no medal for you!

Last call for parents too: Make sure to register and bring money at practice

Getting Ready for the race....

Where and When can you get your race packet? 

Race packets will be distributed at the Expo on:

  • Friday, March 31st from 5PM to 7PM

  • Saturday, April 1st from 9AM to 4PM

Expo Address:

OAKLAND MARRIOTT CITY CENTER-1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

Where does the race starts on Sunday morning?

The village with the start/finish line will be at the Eastshore Park, surrounded by Lakeshore Ave, Grand Ave, Embarcadero and MacArthur Boulevard.

This is a very busy area.  Parking will be super difficult. Plan to come early

When does the race starts on Sunday morning?

5K - We need you to checkin by 6:30AM - Race starts at 7:30AM

Half - We need you to checkin by 8:00AM - Race starts at 9:10AM


All you want to know about Verity....

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia.
Youngest of four adopted children.
Years running: 30.
Years racing: 28

ATHLETIC OVERVIEW As a kid Verity (V) did lot's of sports, liked to try all kinds of things. The rule was (by her father) that if she did not finish a season then don't ask to do a new thing.
So the lesson of finishing things began.
Her parents had a lot going on so V had to get herself to the game or ballet or whatever and get herself home. During the tennis phase she would walk 3 miles either way to the lesson on the Saturday and worked out a good shortcut through the local nature reserve.
The lesson of making things happen was learned.
At 22 she bought a bike and a car and set off from Sydney to Queensland to a new job and a new start. It was time to leave home and grow up.
The lesson of being brave began.
Early on, Triathlon was the sport of choice, and V, self coached, was selected to join the Australian Triathlon Team for the World Championships in 1991.
But quickly, V decided that she had in reality fallen in love with running. That running was her best bet to do well and travel the world. Running felt like home.
V has raced all over the globe, India, Bangkok, USA, New Zealand, Japan, French Polynesia, Fiji etc. Running became a ticket to adventure everywhere. And it was AWESOME.
Over the next three decades Verity won several State and National titles over distances ranging from Cross Country all the way through to 50km roads. With a lot of consistency, hard work and good humor V has completed over 140 marathons, 250 or more triathlons and lord only knows how many other races of various distances as well. CRIKEY.
A prolific racing list and injury free since 1991. Not that there are not days when she has the odd niggle or is sore from racing but V has rules about not beating her body up. To build up and get stronger. To treat her body with respect and kindness.
Trust that it is progression not perfection that counts.
Once upon a time when V decided to leave the group she was running with to self coach herself in running, she was told if she was lucky she might win a race or too and do ok.
V decided that was bad advice, that it was not about luck, life is about preparation.
But most of all about believing you can do stuff even if other people try to limit you or label you.
The end.

1991. Australian Triathlon Team.
Olympic Dist.
Gold Coast.AU
1998. Aust Marathon Rep. Athletics Aus.
Bangkok Marathon.
2001. Australian Mountain Running Team. World Mountain Running Champs. Italy.
2003. Australian Marathon Champion. Sydney Marathon/ National Championship
2004. Selected in Prime Ministers Five.
2009. Australian 50k Road Champion. Canberra Marathon. Australian 50k Championship.
2011. Australian Team. Ultra Trail. Comm Champs. Wales. Bronze

Closer to Home: Oakland Running Festival
V loves ORF and makes a point of running it every year if around.
2010: Marathon 3:08-1st age group, 2nd F
2011: Half-marathon 1:21 1st F
2013: Half 1st age group, 2nd F 1:23
2014 Marathon1st age group, 2nd F, 3:22
2015:Marathon, 1st age group, 4th F. 3:21
2016: 5K, 2nd age group 2nd F, 20:15

Verity's Favorit QUOTES:
The reason we race isn't so much to beat each other, but to be with each other.” Christopher McDougall.
Born To Run. “Nobody reads a book to get to the middle.” Mickey Spillane

Questions? Feedback? Comments?