6:00 AM06:00

Oakland Running Festival RACE DAY


We’ve practiced all season for this great day!

Now is the time to have Fun and Run!

On Race Day look for the RBO Tent at the race start line in Eastshore Park, 550 El Embarcadero, Oakland 94610

All RBO Runners: students, mentors and volunteers must wear your RBO shirt.

  • 5K Runners: plan to arrive at 6:30 AM. Race starts at 7:30 AM.

  • Half Marathon Runners: Arrive at 8:30 AM. Race starts at 9:30 AM.

RBO Runners come to the booth to:

  1. Check-in

  2. Join Your Running Group

  3. Warm-up

  4. We ALL Will Walk to the Start-Line Together

RBO’s location on Race Day

RBO’s location on Race Day

Festivities at the Celebration Village

  • 9 AM – 2 PM Celebration Village Activities

  • 10 AM – 2 PM Live Music on Main Stage

  • 12:00 PM Awards Ceremony

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9:00 AM09:00

Oakland Running Festival EXPO: Day 2

No Practice - Rest and Pick-up Your Race Bib

Come to the RBO booth at the Health and Fitness Expo to pick-up your:

  • Race Packet, shirt and Bib

    Look for the yellow RBO booth

    We’ll be there from 9 am to 4 pm.

Here are Race Preparation Tips:

Get your z's two nights before. Pre-race jitters tend to strike the night before the race, interrupting your sleep. ...


Pre- race warm up is important

2018 Half Marathon Runners

  1. Keep it light. During race week, your running mileage should decrease. ...

  2. Fill the tank. On race morning, be sure to eat the breakfast you've practiced in training. ...

  3. Get there early....

    5K Runners arrive at 6:30 AM and

    Half Marathon Runners arrive at 8:30 AM

  4. Warm-up at the RBO Booth in ‘Race Village’ at the start line.

  5. Get in line together for a fun run!

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5:00 PM17:00

Oakland Running Festival EXPO: Day 1

No Practice on Saturday

- Rest and Pick-up Your Race Bib

Come to the RBO booth at the Health and Fitness Expo to pick-up your:

  • Race Packet, shirt and Bib

    Look for the yellow RBO booth

    We’ll be there from

    5 PM to 7 PM

The EXPO is located at:

Marriott Oakland City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland 94607

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9:00 AM09:00

Spring 2019 - Last Practice for the Season


Hooray to a Great Run Season!

Practice will kick-off with Awards and Recognition.

When you return from your run, we’ll have an end of season par-tee. :-)


**Be sure to drink plenty of water before Saturday. **

After practice, it is essential that you foam roll, stretch, and hydrate.


5K Runners

Will warm-up with fun drills before running.

·         Grades K-2: Will run 1.5 to 2 miles = 3 big loops around the Channel.

·         Grades 3-5: Is planned to run 2 miles at Lake Merritt and then up the Cleveland Cascade stairs.

·         Grades 6-12: Will run 2.5 to 3 miles to the Columns at Lake Merritt and then up the Cleveland Cascade stairs.


Half Marathon Runners

·         After a .5-mile warm-up you will run a relaxed and comfortable 5 to 6 miles.

*For students that have missed last Saturday’s practice, suggested distance is 8 to 9 miles. *

Remember: “Slow and steady wins the race. Continue to maintain your pace!”

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9:00 AM09:00

Spring 2019 - 2nd to last practice

Saturday, there will be a special guest, Magda Boulet, Olympic marathon runner and 2015 Ultrarunner of the Year. Magda will share advice on how to prepare for the 5K and half marathon race. As well as, her journey as an immigrant in the U.S. and how she became an athlete and found success. It’s a great inspiration that everyone will enjoy.

Here’s Magda’s Story!

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8:00 AM08:00

LMJS Couples Relay - Meet at 8 am

  • Oakland, CA, 94610 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders:

41st Annual Couples Relay & 10K

The LMJS Couples Relay is a two person relay with each team member running one 5K lap around Lake Merritt, Oakland. Single runner 10K option available. 

For Runners that have registered: Plan to arrive at 8 AM, race begins at 9 AM.

Adams Point, 568 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Near the Lake Merritt Boating Center
Google Maps

Look for the RBO Table @ 8AM

to Collect Your Bibs and to Warm-up.

Be on the look-out for the RBO yellow table.

Be on the look-out for the RBO yellow table.

There will be Prizes!

The top 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ranking teams of the following divisions will be recognized:  

  • Overall Mixed Teams of 2

  • Overall Women's Teams of 2

  • Overall Men's Teams of 2

  • Age Group Division Teams of 2 for each of the 3 categories

Swag Bag

Goodies from race sponsors will be on site along with our traditional banana racing bread.
Team members might receive a lightweight backpacks.

One bag per runner while supplies last

One bag per runner while supplies last

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7:30 AM07:30

San Francisco Kaiser Half (5k & 10K)

Race day in San Francisco at Golden Gate Park.

For those who signed up to run either the 5K or the 10K and have made arrangements to ride the bus with RBO plan to:

Meet us at Channel Park at 6:15 am on Sunday, February 3rd.

If you have volunteered to help at RBO’s water station, plan to be on-site at 6:30 am. We are the first water station. Early runners are expected to pass at 7:00 am.

Please email nancy to confirm your participation

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