For more information about becoming a charity partner for the 2014 event please contact Christine Brus at 410.605.9381 x232 or by January 31st.



charity, oakland, marathonGreat Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center is thrilled to be a part of the 5th Annual Oakland Running Festival! GO Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership, advocacy, and education within the Oakland community so that all our students have the opportunity to attend quality public schools. Our network of thousands of parents, educators, and community members organize campaigns to build the movement for quality schools for all Oakland children.

We hella love our Town and its students teachers, parents, and community members – join our team to show how much you love Oakland as well. All participants on the GO Public Schools Team will receive a GO Technical Tee before race day. We also plan to organize optional practice runs for our team. To join our team, sign up at

charity, cause, oakland, marathonBay Area Legal Aid is here to help. With deep community roots reaching back to 1966, BayLegal provides free civil legal counsel, advice and representation to low-income people and women and children escaping domestic violence living in the counties of: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. BayLegal’s practice areas include:

 Homelessness Prevention, including landlord-tenant matters, unlawful evictions

    • Fair Housing Law Enforcement
    • Domestic Violence Prevention and Immigration related matters
    • Youth Justice
    • Economic Justice – Public Safety-Net Programs
    • Health Care Access
    • Eliminating Legal Barriers to Employment
    • Medical-Legal Collaborative: SFGH Pediatric Unit and BayLegal team up to protect kids

 Make a difference - join BayLegal’s Partners In Justice team by selecting to register to run with us. You can run in the 5k, half-marathon, full marathon or put together your own 4-person marathon relay team to run with us. Please contact Jennifer Cesario at or call 510-250-5242.


CALICO is delighted to participate again as a charitable partner of the 2014 Oakland Running Festival.  Each year our growing team of runners has raised thousands of dollars to achieve justice and healing for abused children. 

 Since 1997, CALICO has helped over 9,000 abused toddlers, children, and adolescents as well as adults with developmental disabilities, most of whom were sexually abused or exploited and many of whom were physically hurt, neglected, or witnesses to homicide or severe domestic violence.  CALICO brings together law enforcement officers, child welfare workers, prosecutors and other professionals to respond sensitively and effectively to allegations of child abuse, while skilled mental-health clinicians provide support to caregivers.

 As a runner for Team CALICO, every $1,000 you and your teammates raise will provide a family in crisis with a comprehensive package of services including a quality forensic interview, multi-disciplinary team response, crisis intervention, follow up support and connections to community-based services.

 To learn more about CALICO and its vital services for young victims and their families, visit To join Team CALICO send an email to

RBO, oakland, running, kidsThe Running for a Better Oakland ADULT TRAINING PROGRAM (ATP) is your opportunity to get into your best shape, in preparation for the Oakland Running Festival half-marathon, while supporting the most under-served RBO participants.

RBO Head Coach, Jo Thomas will train you to to race the Oakland Running Festival half-marathon on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Team practices will be held at the track at Piedmont HS on Tuesday evenings, and Saturday mornings throughout the Bay Area, but primarily in Oakland on the actual half-marathon course. The ATP season will run concurrently with the RBO season and is 11-weeks long: Wednesday, January 8th – Saturday, March 22nd.

 Your efforts will get you across the ORF finish line strong and allow 15 under-served Oakland youth to cross that same finish line too.

For more information on the RBO Adult Program visit or e-mail Coach Jo at

APENThe Asian Pacific Environmental Network amplifies the voice of Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) and working class communities of color for environmental, social and economic justice.


We are generating power for a renewable energy economy that will work for people and the planet. Our members, staff and allies are building thriving, healthy, resilient communities supported by successful local economies and robust democratic practices everywhere in the state. 

Join us in catalyzing a just transition from an immoral fossil fuel-based system to a low-carbon economy that will energize our future and create career pathways, equitable and sustainable economic development as well as healthy environments for all working class and refugee communities in California.

As APEN paves the road to a renewable energy future, we hope you will run down it with us. Join Team APEN for our forth year in the Oakland Running Festival. Email to sign up and get a t-shirt, invitations to group runs, fundraising and running resources and more.

Run with Team APEN and help energize our future!


oak food

Sign up now to support Oakland Food Policy Council! OFPC works to establish an equitable and sustainable food system. As a 21-seat volunteer council, we analyze the Oakland food system from production through consumption and waste management, and recommend changes to make a community food system a reality. The council coordinates between food system sectors; bringing underserved populations to the food policy table and recommending policies for a healthier, more prosperous city. The central purpose of OFPC is to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve local or state food systems, spurring local economic development and making food systems more environmentally sustainable and socially just. In its first year, the OFPC established itself as one of the most balanced food policy councils in the country. Our members have included groups that have traditionally been underrepresented on food policy councils and in the “food movement”, such as labor representatives and food manufacturing and processing entrepreneurs and community members living in neighborhoods affected by food insecurity.


bgcFor 75 years the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland have served tens of thousands of Oakland youth by operating full service Clubhouses for kids when they need them-after school and year round; and where they need them-in three flatland Oakland neighborhoods.  The Clubs serve girls and boys, aged 6 to 17 years of age.  The Clubhouses provide a safe place for the youth to learn, to grow and to become positive contributors to our community. None of this would be possible without the financial contributions and the volunteer support from the generous Oakland Community.

 Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland take great pride in our history, our kids and our place in the civic fabric of Oakland.  Become part of our 75 year history by partnering with us as a runner for TEAM BGC OF OAKLAND. Choose to run the marathon, a half marathon, a 5K or have your son or daughter run with the Clubs’ youth in the Oakland Running Festival’s Kid Fun Run. To join our team, email us at or contact Charlette at (510)816-7444.  GO TEAM

Black Girls Run, Oakland, Marathon, RunningBlack Girls RUN! is proud to add the Oakland Running Festival and the Baltimore Running Festival to its 2014 national race schedule. Members and supporters are encouraged to sign up for these races and conferences, and join the BGR! Nation as we continue to fight the obesity epidemic across the country. Black Girls RUN! is a national running group launched in 2009 by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks. The organization has grown to include more than 68 running groups across the nation with more than 62,000 members.  The group was created to combat the obesity epidemic among women in the African- American community and dispel the myth that black women do not run.  The groups include beginner and experienced runners and provide a support system to help members reach their fitness goalsFor more information about Black Girls RUN!, please visit  


  caliThe University of California Office of the President is the headquarters of the UC system, and one of the largest employers in downtown Oakland. UCOP manages the university’s fiscal and business operations, and supports the academic and research missions of the university’s campuses, labs, medical centers, and statewide agriculture and natural resources program. The staff members of UCOP are thrilled to support the local community and to have their office participate as a Charity Partner with the 2014 Oakland Running Festival.

 squashSquashDrive is a quickly growing Bay Area nonprofit that encourages athletic and academic excellence through squash instruction and after-school tutoring. In its third year, SquashDrive follows in the footsteps of many successful urban squash programs across the country

 SquashDrive is partnered with Berkley Maynard Academy, an Aspire Public School in Oakland where over 70% of the students receive free or reduced lunches. SquashDrive offers athletic and academic programing three hours a day, five days a week throughout the school year, and students attend squash camps during school vacations. Drawing on the volunteer work of talented and motivated college students and squash enthusiasts, SquashDrive intends to track its students into high school and through the challenging process of college admissions.

 For more information on this fabulous non-profit, visit or donate to our Oakland Running Festival Drive at



tilthJoin Team Tilth!

 Run for your health, run for your family, run for our youth, run for fresh healthy food in your community - Run for TEAM TILTH!


 About Urban Tilth

 Founded in 2005 to help build a more sustainable, healthy, and just local food system in West Contra Costa County, Urban Tilth has emerged as a local leader, a catalyst drawing together a variety of individual, discrete initiatives into a web of integrated, food- and community-focused efforts. In sum, we farm, feed, forage, teach, train, build community, employ, and give back. We help our community grow our own food; train and employ our own young people as “home grown experts”; teach our local residents about the relationships among food, health, poverty, and justice; foster public foraging programs; and forge partnerships with local small farmers to increase demand for their produce. We use our 12 school and community gardens and small urban farms to teach and employ community members to grow, distribute, cook, and consume thousands of pounds of local produce each year, to create a more equitable and just food system within a healthier and more self-sufficient community.


dreamCapture the Dream, Inc. is a local Bay Area nonprofit that serves low income individuals and families throughout the SF Bay Area enabling them to achieve their educational and career-oriented ambitions. Our 100% volunteer-operated team has distributed over $200K to over 3000 people in need by providing resources, financial and motivational support. Join the Dream Team and #RunForDreams during the 2013 Oakland Marathon--each person running will receive a Capture the Dream, Inc. DreamBIG bracelet.  Register at  Email for more information.



norcalNorCal CarciNet Community is proud to participate in the 5th Annual Oakland Running Festival raising awareness of Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs) that impact the lives of 150,000 in the United States.


 Our disease is often misdiagnosed or confused with other diseases which is why we have a Zebra as our mascot  as often doctors are taught to think horse not zebras when working with patients.

 Our non profit community host community sessions on the first Saturday of every even month at the Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek as well as working with our local research institution to provide patient education to patients and their families in the Bay Area.

So on March 23rd join with us in showing your stripes to help us raise NET Awareness. 

To learn more on how to join our team and sport a cool Zebra shirt visit


lighthouseLace up your running shoes and join the Lighthouse Community Charter School Team to take part in the action at the Oakland Running Festival this year!  


 Each step you take and dollar you raise will support an excellent K – 12 public charter school in Oakland.

With the mission of preparing students for college and a career of their choice, Lighthouse is changing lives with its rigorous curriculum, high expectations, support of the whole child, family involvement, and professional community of teachers.  We augment our college preparatory curriculum with access to counseling, literacy intervention, free after school programs, parent education, and healthy, organic meals every day.  

Every dollar we raise will help us sustain our life-changing programs. With 95% of our graduates being accepted to four-year colleges, you can bet your race medal that you’ll make a difference!

 Every adult runner that raises at least $300 will get a custom-designed, Lighthouse/Oakland Running Festival commemorative running jersey before the festival!  Student runners only need to register to receive their jersey.  

Email Jenna Stauffer to join this fun-loving, multi-generational team! 


baunBay Area Urban Network (BAUN) is a faith based non-profit organization located in East Oakland that reaches out to the inner city at-risk children and youth ages 3-20. Our program is designed to reach those in each of the 7 districts Oakland provides through community events, night and day services, bible study groups and outings that happen weekly throughout the year. Points of Light is the youth program that serves ages 12-20 and Mighty Blaze is the children's program that serves ages 3-11.