photo CC SA-BY Our OaklandThe Oakland Running Festival takes place annually each March. The festival started in 2010, and includes the revived Oakland Marathon, as well as a relay marathon, a half marathon, a 5K run, and a children's fun run. Since 2010, it has raised over $1 million for local charities, and has brought thousands of runners in for a great experience of Oakland, bringing in an estimated $12 million in hotel, restaurant, and other tourist revenue. 1


2015: March 22

Full and half-marathon, 5K, kids' fun run, and team relay. Sunday, March 22. Snow Park, 19th and Harrison streets,

Marathon starts at 7:30 am at Snow Park

Pick your distance and join 10,000 other runners: marathon, half-marathon, 5K, 4-person relay, kids’ fun run. Nationally recognized as the Bay Area race to run by Competitor Magazine. In addition to much of downtown, the marathon course will take runners around Fruitvale, San Antonio, Eastlake and Lake Merritt.

Interactive map of temporary detours and parking restrictions
Other event info

2014: March 23

  • The Running Festival is looking for members for the "Cheering Section." If you would like to lead a "cheering section," please contact Tod at
  • To see the map, click here.

The Oakland Marathon was named the "Best Marathon" in the Pacific West Region in 2013. (See City Admin's report).

Photos and Videos

2013 festival
photo CC SA-BY Our Oakland
running through fire at the Crucible, 2011
photo CC SA-BY Our Oakland

a cool shirt from the Running Festival with the Oakland tree made up of street names where runners ran. Taken at an A's game by greenkoziOakland Running Festival sandwich board sign beside Lake Merritt jogging path.
( photo: HiMY SYeD )
start of 2012 races
photo CC SA-BY Our Oakland
Inaugural Oakland Running Festival runs through Montclair in 2010photo  Costantinidis.smugmug.comstart of 2011 festival, CC BY 2.0 Ella Baker Center

Links and References

  1. Oakland Running Festival gets the city's spirit racing March 21, 2014