One more practice on Saturday March 17! 

Time flies! particularly when you are in good company!

our big race is already next week on Sunday, March 25! Please come on Saturday to complete your training, get the race info and collect a few good tips for race day!

See more info below....


We are excited to get the visit of another great "local" runner, Verity Breen this Saturday - Verity already visited RBO a year ago and entertained us with her great aussie stories. Check out her story at this link.... 


How can I check if I am registered for the race?

◊  If you did not find your name, please contact us

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◊ Where and when do we meet on Race Day?

Meet us at the RBO Tent at the Race Village at Eastshore Park at the corner of Lakeshore Ave and El Embarcadero.

◊ Where can I get my bib?

you have options!

Oakland Marriott City Center,  1001 Broadway

Option #1:  Come visit us at the EXPO, 1001 Broadway:

Friday, March 23 from 5 to 7pm


Saturday, March 24 from 9 to 5! 

Have fun checking out all the vendors!


Option #2: Get your bib on Race Day at the RBO Tent near the Start Line!

Come Early! It will be difficult to park, it will take time to get your bib and you don't want to be late for the race.

Check-in starts at 6:00 am!


Please take the time to write your emergency contact info on the back of your bib and your child bib. We will have name tags like at practice with coaches contact info

◊ I can't run with my child - will there be volunteers to run with him?

Safety First! Fun Second! Get to the Finish Line Third!

Please help us by: 

1- contacting us to let us know

2- meet us at 7:15am at the RBO Tent to help us organize groups led by 1 to 2  volunteers to make sure all RBO students who asked are paired with mentors!

◊ What do I need on Race Day?

Your RBO shirt and your bib! socks and shoes might help too! But the RBO Shirt is super important! Keep it clean for race day! and plenty of time to get to the RBO Tent on time! Set your alarm clock with a long snooze!

◊  How do I prepare for the race?

Here is all the info we could think of gathering for you! Pick-up your copy at practice or read it online now....

Tips of the week

◊ Great Tip from Coach Rick as he prepares to run the LA Marathon this weekend

A little trick to help you when the distance ahead is daunting: Have An ‘I Know I Can Do It’ Distance. Say I have 6 miles to go, which sounds like a really long way when I’m exhausted. I’m not sure I will be able to do it. I only need to re-frame the distance: it’s only 2 laps of the lake. I know I can do that. 3 miles to go? That’s only one Lake Merritt. 1 mile to go? That's only one lap around the Camron House!  Having a distance you know you can do can help break down the long distance into something you know you can manage. That can make all the difference in the world.

◊ If you missed them last week, we had a nice series of tips for you. Check them out here.....


◊ Check-in: 8:30am to 8:50am - You have seen the line! Come early!

◊ 5K Practice: 9:00am to 10:15am-10:30am  - it depends on your speed.....

◊ Half Marathon Practice: 9:00am to 10:45am(max) - it depends on your speed and the distance you'll run but average should be 6 to 8 miles with the stairs if not too slippery!

◊ Practice Location: next to the Camron-Stanford House, 1418 Lakeside Drive - Oakland

◊ 5K & Half Marathon RBO Enrollment: Closed!

◊ Race Registration closed!


Thank you Magda...

 for your visit last Saturday, March 10! You inspired us all and we hope you'll come back to tell us about your 150 miles run in Sahara this year. Thanks for summarizing your visit so well too: now we can share it with the whole community!

Reserve the Date: Saturday, April 7 for RBO End of Season Celebration


◊ Trail Run for all - Run 1 to 6 miles under the Majestic Redwood Trees of the Oakland Hills

◊ Raffle (free tickets for all) to win Running Gears, Registrations to some fun races, Gift Certificates to movies, book store and more...

◊ Awards Ceremony for Best Something...

◊ Scholarships Announcements for RBO High School Students


FOR High School Students!

Get Community Service Hours  by helping at the Oakland Running Festival EXPO on Friday, March 23 from 4 to 8pm or on Saturday, March 24!

It's a great way to show us how much you enjoyed all the cool things you got to do with RBO this season!

Come with a friend and have fun helping with the  set-up and distribution of the race packets in the evening of Friday, March 23 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and all day from 8:00am to 2:00pm or Noon to 6:00pm.

RBO will need help at the tent as well to distribute the race packets to our students so you can sign-up for these shifts too.


OIselle and the Bras for Girls program


We  still have Oiselle bras in all sizes. Please send a note by Thursday to reserve your size and we'll have it at the table on Saturday. Don't forget to ask the volunteers... 


How could you thank Oiselle Back?

Is not it inspiring to see the generosity of the Oiselle Team? Want to write a short or long note to tell them how much you love your new athletic bra or draw something if that's your talent? Please, don't be shy and bring it at the table at practice or send it by email! We'll make sure we forward it to Sally, Sarah, Alisha and Sheena.

Volunteer Get-together 

We had one planned for next week but it will be even more fun to hear from you after the race.

Let's meet on Tuesday, March 27 from 7:15pm to 9:15pmat Drake's, 2325 Broadway, Oakland


Parents: we'd like to encourage you to join the Blue Team!

It's fun to run with your children or to watch them enjoy their time with us at the Lake. Please sign-up as a volunteer at the Tent and grab a blue shirt. Share your Oakland Pride Too and most of all, help us keep it safe for all our RBO students! Thank You!

And if you are ready to help and adopt more students to run with you on Race Day, please contact Nancy to let her know! We want everyone to really feel part of the RBO Team and help the race be a safe fun event for all! We are working on organizing groups who run at the same pace! THANK YOU!

Yoga at You & the Mat for Half Marathon Students

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Many thanks to the Studio "YOU and the Mat", 3966 PIEDMONT AVENUE, OAKLAND for reserving space on Wednesday afternoons for our students. A big thanks to Grace, Kayla and Taylor for being RBO instructors for these sessions.

Half Marathon Students are invited to run and yoga on Wednesdays. It's not easy to find a time that can accommodate everyone but the students who join are coming back and start feeling the benefits f the mid-week training. It's a start!

For more info.....


Please check the lost & found bins! We could open a store with everything you leave behind!

More Info about the Spring 18 races: