Festival Schedule: Two-Day Race Schedule
Starting on Saturday, March 24th with a Sports Expo at Oakland Marriott City Center, visit to see what's new and for packet pick-up and late registration from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., then you are off for carbo-loading and getting lots of rest before the big race!
Sunday, March 26th is the big race day. Marathon and marathon relay teams begin at 7:30 a.m. (opening remarks and National Anthem start at 7:15 a.m.), the 5K starts at 7:45 (same day as other races this year) and the half-marathon start time is 9:00 a.m. . . .The Lucky Kids' Fun Run starts at 9:15/9:20, then the Sports Expo and Celebration Village Activities run from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. So much to do and see! There will be live music on the main stage from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00.p.m., inspiring finishing runners and spectators. The Festival winds down with an exciting awards ceremony at noon.
There will be 15 aid stations along the course stock full of water and lemon-lime Gatorade. Select aid stations will offer fruit, salty snacks, and various flavored GU Energy Gels. There will be post-race refreshments to restore lost salts and carbohydrates, as well as a massage clinic courtesy of Innersport Chiropractic. At least one porta-john will be available at each station.
Prizes will include cash awards, which will be given to the top five overall male and female runners, and to the top male and female masters' runners. Cash prizes for the marathon will be:
- Overall Winners (Men and Women):
? 1st: $500
? 2nd: $400
? 3rd: $300
? 4th: $200
? 5th: $100
- Overall Masters (Men and Women):
? 1st: $150
All Marathon finishers will receive a commemorative race medal and finisher's T-shirt. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each five-year age group, no duplicate awards. Age Groups: 16 – 19, 20 – 24, 25 – 29, 30 – 34, 35 – 39, 40 – 44, 45 – 49, 50 – 54, 55 – 59, 60 – 64, 65 – 69, 70 and over. Awards will be given to the top male and female Alameda County runners. Half Marathon awards will include the same groups. Awards will not be mailed. You must claim your award on race day.
About the Course
Corrigan Sports is well known for excellence in race organizing, particularly the Baltimore Running Festival, and they are experts in creating an exciting course in urban areas. Participants will get the full spectrum of Oakland's city streets and sub-neighborhoods from Downtown to Chinatown, to West Oakland, to Temescal to Claremont and Rockridge. Runners will run through historic areas of town and will experience Oakland's charm, beauty, and spirit.
Marathoners will start from City Hall downtown and speed along picturesque Piedmont Avenue and trendy College Avenue, pass pretty Lake Temescal, then climb through the Claremont neighborhood's gorgeous hills. By mile 10, the route turns into a two-mile 550-foot descent. Here runners will pass by Joaquin Miller Park, and head back toward the downtown area. Everyone will enjoy Emeryville's borders and neighborhoods, pass by historic Jack London Square, and finish by rounding Lake Merritt, then charging through the finish line at Oakland's City Hall.
Half marathoners will stick closer to the downtown area and not head into the hills. The half marathon course also skips the incline and decline from mile 5 to 12 in the marathon. Half marathon runners will still enjoy much of Oakland: Downtown, Jack London Square, and Lake Merritt. Both races start and finish near Oakland's City Hall at 14th Street and Broadway.
There will be a few surprises along the way, as some runners found last year: DJs and bands playing on the side of the road, running through rings of fire (yes, a ring of fire), and lots of treats at aid stations. Many neighbors even camped out next to their own self-built water stations, which included fruit and pretzels! Before the race, the mayor came out and welcomed everyone and a choir was singing within the first mile. Though the race is expertly organized and timed (using the latest B-Tag timing system), the heart and soul of this running adventure is surely the residents and volunteers. As you will see, the spirit of Oakland is alive and well in this thriving community, and people are proud to support their city and its runners!