Oakland Running Festival Organizers Announce Course Change
Oakland, CA (February 23, 2017)—Corrigan Sports Enterprise (CSE), the owners and operators of the Oakland Running Festival (ORF), announced today the event’s start/finish line will be moved to Eastshore Park. The eighth annual Oakland Running Festival will take place Sunday, April 2nd and feature five different race distances: marathon, Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon, Four-Person Relay, Bank of the West 5K and Kids Fun Run.
Lee Corrigan, president of CSE, said, “Due to construction at Snow Park, we had to make one minor change by moving our start line and post event celebration to Eastshore Park. We’ve worked hard on earning the reputation as one of the Bay Area’s best race day experiences, and that tradition will carry on for our field of 10,000 runners in 2017.”
The marathon course will continue to highlight Oakland’s diverse neighborhoods. The scenic 26.2 mile trek will start at Eastshore Park near MacArthur Blvd, wind its way up through the gorgeous Claremont area, pass by the Mormon Temple, and head back toward downtown. After passing thru Fruitvale and West Oakland, runners will kick the final three miles as they return toward the finish line at beautiful Lake Merritt.
According to a 2015 study by RESI, an economic research and consulting firm located at Towson University, the 2015 Oakland Running Festival’s annual economic impact surpassed $12 million. More than $2 million has been raised for local charities since the event’s inception in 2010.
For more information, visit oaklandmarathon.com.
Free, round-trip shuttle service will be provided throughout the day to Eastshore Park from the Oakland Marriott, and/or nearby BART station(s) or designated parking areas. We will publish more details about the shuttle closer to event date on our website, social media and in our Runner’s Handbook.