Sunday, March 24, 2019 • Oakland, CA • Course Map
Though running events have been commonplace in nearby San Francisco for years, Oakland hosted its first marathon in more than two decades with the inaugural running of the Oakland Running Festival in 2010, at a race that now features the 26.2-mile marathon, a 13.1-mile half marathon, a four-person marathon relay and a 5K.
Now set for its 9th annual running, the race takes runners along some of the city’s most notable sights through a combination of downtown areas and residential neighborhoods, and nearly all the way around the waters of Lake Merritt just east of downtown, past the campus of Laney College and through Lake Merritt Channel Park. Those running the half marathon share the same starting line as those running the full marathon, on Lakeshore Avenue before El Embarcadero, just a few blocks from Lake Merritt.
From there, those running the half follow an out-and-back loop course that follows a roughly clockwise direction around the city, first clockwise around Lake Merritt, then north along Broadway for a run past the Paramount Theatre and then left onto Grand Avenue. The course then turns left onto Martin Luther King Jr. Way and then follows southward past Lafayette Park to 8th Street, where runners turn left again and heads east toward Chinatown, and then turns left again on Harrison Street.
The next stretch of the race follows turns on 14th Street, Madison Street and 10th Street, as runners make their way to the race’s first significant downhill stretch around the mile 3 marker.
The course then drops in elevation between miles 5 and 6 as runners make their way around Laney College and the Frank Youell Athletic Field, continuing west along 10th Street and through Chinatown, turning left again onto Webster Street.
As runners make their way past the waterfront, they next start the stretch of the race that takes them along the northernmost part of the half marathon route, northward along Cypress Street up to 26th Street, where they turn right and head east toward 27th Street.
Between miles 10 and 11 runners hit what is the biggest uphill stretch of the half route, and then keep heading eastward to the stretch that takes them through Lakeside Park and around Lake Merritt to the finish line.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just across the Bay Bridge, over the San Francisco Bay a few miles east from downtown San Francisco, Oakland typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather in the early spring, and more wet weather in spring than in the summer, when conditions here are at their driest.
On race day (March 24), the average low is 49°F and the average high is 64°F — while rainfall amounts average just over 3.56 inches for the month.
- 2018 Oakland Running Festival Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Oakland Running Festival Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Oakland Running Festival Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Oakland Running Festival Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Oakland Running Festival Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – full marathon
- 7:30 AM – 5K
- 9:30 AM – half marathon
- $70 – $125 for the half marathon
- $180 -$280 for the relay (per team)
- $100 – $160 for the full marathon
- $30 – $60 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in any of the race distances at the 2019 running of the Oakland Running Festival, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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