Runners of all ages and abilities will enjoy this super-sized racing weekend in one of California's most historic locations, Oakland, California. So join us in March for the third annual Oakland Running Festival!
Corrigan Sports Enterprises brings you the Oakland Running Festival: a two-day celebration of running that includes a full marathon, half marathon, team relay, 5K, and the Lucky Kids' Fun Run. March 25th and 26th, 2011 marks the events' third consecutive year that the city opens its streets to thousands of runners, walkers, and excited volunteers and townspeople who 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 in over 25 years! However, due to the highly successful inaugural year, then an even more successful second year, including an influx and outpouring of runners, participants, volunteers, and massive city support, the festival is BACK and it's the talk of the town among Bay Area runners.
When you sign up for the Oakland Running Festival, you'll run spectacularly planned courses through Oakland's beautiful, diverse neighborhoods, and experience the most well-orchestrated running event you'll run this year. Corrigan is famous for organization and all the details tat make events memorable for runners, with fantastic results year after year from a similar festival in Baltimore in October. You'll enjoy Oakland's high-energy community support and a terrific centralized location, which fosters ease of travel and makes this a tempting race weekend getaway for those in search of a running adventure.
Significant changes will enhance the experience: The start and finish lines will be moved to beautiful Snow Park near Lake Merritt and the 5K will take place on Sunday, March 25th along with the other events. (The first two years it was held the evening before.) Snow Park will make an outstanding backdrop for memorable events, along with the large crowds expected around Lake Merritt, one of Oakland's jewels. Registration is running more than 40% ahead of last year, and the events may sell out. All five events, Marathon, 4-person marathon relay, half marathon, 5K, and Lucky Kids' Fun Run will run on the same day. Please visit oaklandmarathon.com for details and registration.
For those who haven't participated in the two previous years' races, you will not want to miss this third year! This is a terrific running opportunity for all athletes; from elite marathoners to novice joggers or aspiring track star, so register early for a discounted registration fee! Register here: oaklandmarathon.com/Registration.htm
A Runner's Dream Location
Runners know the best way to see a city is to run it! This is true for Oakland and its surrounding sibling-cities too. Part of picturesque Bay Area, 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 and maintained parks in the East Bay (ebparks.org/parks ). Another must-do trail is the incredibly long San Francisco Bay Trail, which runs along 500 miles of shoreline along the bay (baytrail.org). You can run through all of the marinas and through wildlife preserves, all within 10 feet from the famous bay or ocean. Oakland also has some great local running stores to check out such as Transports (transportsrunswim.com ) and See Jane Run (seejanerun.com for women only), both on trendy College Avenue in Oakland.
Berkeley: Berkeley is two short miles from Oakland 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. You could even don your blue and yellow, go to a game and cheer on the Bears! GO Bears! calbears.com
San Francisco and Beyond: With BART and the highly reliable MUNI bus system, you can pop over to San Francisco with ease. There you can run in Golden Gate park, or grab something to eat in Chinatown. Get in your ZipCar (zipcar.com) and head north to Mount Tamalpais State Park where the trails are quietly beautiful and redwoods grow like vines in nearby Napa Valley. You could easily make a weekend get-away a two-week Bay Area tour filled with hot running spots, great food, museums and galleries, lovely hikes and historic guided tours.