Date: Sunday April 2nd, 2017 – 7:30am
The Oakland Running Festival or Oakland Marathon takes place once a year around the beginning of Spring. It started in 2010 and is currently in it’s 7th year and has been voted the “Best marathon in the PAC West” by Reader Choice Awards.
The marathon actually consist of several races and classes to compete in. The full marathon is 26.2 miles around Oakland(the word marathon actually means a foot race of 26 miles and 385 yards). There is the half marathon, at only 13 miles and the 5k which is about 3.1 miles, the same as the distance around Lake Merritt.
The Oakland Running Festival is a very much needed boost to the local economy and is estimated to have brought in over 12 million in hotel, restaurant and tourism revenues for the City of Oakland as well as helping raise about a million dollars for local charities over the last 6 years.
This Oakland event brings out a great amount of pride as runners make there way through Oakland on foot passing block parties, BBQ’s, live bands, DJ’s and more cheering the runners on.
As for the event organizers, there is said to be only one. Only one person reaping in the profits and commissions as everyone else volunteers. There has been shady practice in the past where you are forced to register through a service that pops an unsuspecting free trial that suddenly charges you a $59 membership fee. While now they use Active Endurance it seems to be the same as Active Advantage. SO be aware of that while signing up.
Have a good run Oakland!