Running for a Better Oakland (RBO) youth are enrolled on a sliding scale and financial aid is available to all who apply.

Participants receive technical t-shirts, water bottles, and race entries to all the races offered from the Oakland Running Festival in the spring to East Bay 510K,  Cowboy Dash, and the Oakland Turkey Trot in the Fall.

RBO provides free rides to the Free Timed Run at Crissy Field in San Francisco in the Fall and plans similar events in the Spring to initiate the students with Trail Running.

RBO offered Scholarships for the first time ever in 2017 and plans to offer more again in 2018.

RBO is working on a mid-week cross-training program in the Spring for all Half-marathon runners, introducing yoga to the program.

RBO wants to provide students with running shoes and other running apparels and training equipment.

RBO also provides healthy snacks, experienced running mentorship, and professional coaching and nutritional education.

RBO helps volunteer coaches get USATF certification

We rely on the generosity of the community, our program partners, and friends like you to make this program a success.

Please consider donating today and let us know which part of the program you'd like to support first!

Donate Online

1. Enter amount in US dollars and click “Process Donation”.
2. Payments are processed securely via PayPal.

OR  Send a Check to RBO, PO BOX 20433, Oakland CA 94620

And you might also want to check if your company can match your donation



Running for a Better Oakland is a 501c(3) non-profit designated status from the IRS. Your monetary donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Our tax exemption number is #27-3509778.


For more questions, please contact RBO:

Running for a Better Oakland
P.O. Box 20433
Oakland, CA 94620