Once again coming to Oakland is the Corrigan signature two-day festival of running, including a full marathon, half marathon, 4-person relay, Twilight 5K, and Kid's Fun Run. For the second consecutive year the city opens its streets to thousands of runners, walkers, and energetic volunteers and townspeople who will again come out in droves for this one-of-a-kind event.
Before the inaugural race in 2010, the city of Oakland had not seen a marathon for over 25 years! But due to the highly successful first festival, including overwhelming participation of runners, walkers, volunteers, and fans, coupled with the dynamic event-planning team, the marathon and festival are BACK; and again with excellent city support. It's the talk of the town among Bay Area runners, as it was named Best Sporting Event of the Year by Oakland Magazine, and Best Race by the East Bay Express.
An amazing course through Oakland's beautiful and diverse neighborhoods, major community support, and a terrific centralized location, which fosters ease of travel; make this a tempting race weekend getaway for singles, couples and families alike in search of a running adventure. And for those who missed last year's memorable inaugural, you will not want to miss this year! This is a terrific running opportunity for all athletes; from elite marathoners, aspiring track stars, to novice joggers. There literally is something for everyone, so register early for a discount: http://www.active.com/framed/event_detail.cfm?CHECKSSO=0&EVENT_ID=1865760
Visit to Run? Run to Visit
Runners know the best way to see a city is to run it! This is true for Oakland and its surrounding Bay area towns and cities too. Part of picturesque East Bay, Oakland has so much to offer visiting runners: from warm-up runs around Lake Merritt and along Emeryville's marina, to hikes and trail runs in Tilden Park, Redwood Regional Park, or any of the 65 beautifully preserved regional parks in the East Bay. There are also some great local running stores to check out such as Transports and See Jane Run (for women only), both on trendy College Avenue in Oakland.
Berkeley: Berkeley is two short miles away and there are dozens of trails and canyons for running and hiking. Visit the hills of Strawberry Canyon for the best view of the Bay Area, or run along the Berkeley Marina or the Ohlone Greenway. The University of California Berkeley campus is also a beautiful place to run, with rolling hills, beautiful views and historic architecture. http://www.calbears.com/
San Francisco and Beyond: With BART and the highly reliable MUNI bus system, you can pop over to San Francisco easily. There you can see the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Warf, and so much more. Get in your ZipCar (http://www.zipcar.com/) and head north to Mount Tamalpais State Park, where the trails are serenely beautiful and redwoods grow undisturbed; or check out the vineyards in nearby Napa Valley. You could easily make a weekend get-away a two-week Bay Area vacation filled with hot running spots, great food, museums and galleries, lovely hikes and historic guided tours.
Your Oakland adventure weekend begins Saturday, March 26th – the Health and Fitness Expo will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Oakland Marriott City Center for packet pick-up, late registration and shopping for the latest in gear, fuel and other running goodies.
Participants will then join in the fun from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Kick-Off Party with live music and more at Jack London Square. Jack London Square is one of Oakland's most identifiable landmarks and a symbol of the city's history as a seaport! After you've rocked out with several live bands, the Twilight 5K Race begins at 6:30 p.m. – a sunset run around downtown before heading to the waterfront. Jack London Square is Oakland's waterfront home to dining, events and outdoor activities. It is a jewel of the city and has recently undergone a major facelift. This new addition for 2011 will give runners a new course to run and let them take in another hidden gem of Oakland.
Following the Twilight 5K, there will be an awards ceremony with more live music, and runners are invited to carbo-load at one of Oakland's many wonderful eateries, including Scott's, Kincaid's, and Miss Pearl's Jam House! There are so many great restaurants in and around Oakland, every variety and ethnic cuisine; you will have a difficult time choosing your race weekend menu!