Location: Channel Park, near the Laney Children Center, 286 E.10th Street, Oakland

Registration and Check-in time: 8:30 AM

Practice start: 9:00 AM

Practice end: 10:45 AM

Oakland Marathon 5K & Half is 4 weeks away.

Sign-up Deadline is March 3rd!

Get the best price to participate in any race at the Oakland Marathon 2019 by signing-up here!

The Relay is now sold out!

All runners are welcome! This is a fundraiser for RBO so please spread the word! The more runners RBO signs up, the more student fees will be covered here!

New Rule:


What does that mean?

  • Students who are training for the half-marathon, will need to attend at least 4 of the 8 practices by March 2nd to be signed-up for the Oakland Marathon/half-marathon at the end of March!

  • Students who are training for the 5K, will need to attend at least 2 of the 4 practices by March 2nd to be signed-up for the Oakland Marathon/5K at the end of March!

    Note: exception can be made if you email us to make a special request! We’ll do our best to show flexibility.

Thanks a lot for your support and trust!

We were grateful on Thanksgiving Morning

Oakland Turkey Trot was fun under blue sky and fresh air

The rain came only after the race!


You all showed up on time, got a great warm-up, a perfect run and a nice medal!

Many thanks to Corrigan West for inviting the RBO community to this fun run! 


It took a village to get our all-day event organized and we can’t thank enough all the volunteers and sponsors involved. 

#RBOrunsOAK Sponsors…

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I probably would have been another “couch potato” just sleeping around and doing nothing interesting with my life.
— Naomi - 2018 RBO Scholarship Recipient

Many Thanks to our sponsors who are providing RBO practice snacks

There are kids here who never thought they could run a mile. … RBO has given my two kids a sense of accomplishment that they can do hard things. And they do it because we all do it together.
— Brittany Walker Pettigrew, RBO mom

Other ways to fundraise for RBO

Do you shop Amazon?

if you do… you can select RBO as the charity to reward when you shop via smile.amazon.com

(Here is the deal: Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.).

Do you shop Sports Basement?

if you do… you can select RBO as the charity to reward when you shop at Sports Basement

(Here is the deal:

Basementeer’s receive 10% and give 10%:

  • 10% off every item every day

  • 10% of profits back to Running for a Better Oakland 

On your next visit to Sports Basement, register as a Basementeer and select Running for a Better Oakland as your beneficiary! ).

Thanks for considering….

I pushed my boundaries by doing things other teenagers around me weren’t doing
— Andrea - 2018 RBO Scholarship Recipient


A quick snapshot of RBO Spring 18 season!

If you participated in the Spring 18 season, this will bring sweet memories. If you did not, you'll wish you had been there and we hope you'll join us for the Fall 2018 training and races.

I love how RBO, unlike many other running groups, has a warm, supportive, and encouraging atmosphere. It makes a difference when nobody is left behind, no matter how slow one is
— Julia - 2017 RBO Scholarship Recipient

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RBO creates a great sense of community by bringing everyone together for running. Everyone is here rain or shine, and we all celebrate together when we finish
— Susan Fuentes, RBO mom & Volunteer



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.


My son likes to exercise with his friends around, and my daughter is shy, but running with others opens her up. They love RBO
— Aida Benites, RBO mom & volunteer